May 30, 2018
For Immediate Release: Accessible tourism in the Vancouver Island region will receive an increased profile, thanks to a commitment between Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) and Tourism Vancouver Island.
The three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a coordinated approach to the development of accessible travel and tourism products and services in the Vancouver Island region of BC. The MOU will assist with the adoption, development and promotion of accessible tourism industry practices to stakeholders. Tourism Vancouver Island will rely on the expertise of SCI BC for universal design and accessibility best practices, and work cooperatively with them on accessibility initiatives. The overall goal of the organizations’ agreement is to develop and promote accessible tourism in the Vancouver Island region.
“By collaborating with Spinal Cord Injury BC and leveraging our organizations’ strengths, we’ll work towards making Vancouver Island accessible to everyone,“ said Tourism Vancouver Island’s CEO, Anthony Everett. “Having their involvement during planning and development sessions through to the promotion of accessible tourism activities will lead to better experiences for all travelers and ultimately in making Vancouver Island an even more attractive destination.”
This partnership comes at an opportune time with an increasing demand for information about accessible outdoor amenities from people with spinal cord injuries and related disabilities, and the Government of BC’s goal to make BC a truly inclusive province by 2024. The organizations will collaborate together on projects such as evaluations of tourism experiences to determine how universally accessible they are, that in turn will help support private businesses and communities to apply or access funding and grants to improve accessibility.
“Spinal Cord Injury BC is proud to work with Tourism Vancouver Island to create and highlight accessible outdoor spaces throughout the region,” said Chris McBride, Executive Director of Spinal Cord Injury BC. “Together, we’re building inclusive communities and recreation opportunities that everyone can enjoy, enabling people with disabilities, seniors, and families to experience the spirit and beauty of Vancouver Island, whether they’re first-time visitors or call the island home.”
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Tourism Vancouver Island is one of five regional destination management organizations in British Columbia that represent Destination British Columbia through the delivery of co-operative marketing and community development programs. In December 2011, Tourism Vancouver Island received accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) by demonstrating a commitment to quality programs and services. To access information about Tourism Vancouver Island and marketing initiatives, please visit www.tourismvi.ca. For general travel information on Vancouver Island, Victoria and the Gulf Islands, please visit www.hellobc.com/vi or www.FindYourElement.ca
Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries, and with related disabilities, adjust, adapt and thrive. Currently, we serve over 1,500 British Columbians with SCI, and their families and friends, by providing answers, information and unique community experiences. www.sci-bc.ca
Spinal Cord Injury BC
Community & Industry Specialist
Tourism Vancouver Island