Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Leading Disability With Local Tourism Operators

Local tourism operators from across the region have learnt how to be champions of change by participating in a workshop to upskill their knowledge levels to create more accessible, disability-friendly workplaces.

The Accessible Tourism workshop, held at Coral Sea Resort last Friday, saw representatives from seven different local entities attend the event.

Rick Hamilton, CEO of Tourism Whitsundays said the workshop provided a huge insight into the daily challenges people with disabilities are living with.

During the session, attendees experienced what it was like to live with a disability.

“By experiencing similar limitations for ourselves and learning from the Get Skilled Access team, we were able to better understand what information and facilities can help make life and travel easier," said Rick.

By providing participants with a unique perspective, they gained valuable knowledge and the insight required to inform accessibility and inclusiveness decision-making and championing change in their respective organisations.  

Get Skilled Access team members living with a disability showed participants what their lives are like by simulating workplace challenges for staff using wheelchairs, mobility aids and low-vision glasses.

This was a Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport initiative which engaged Get Skilled Access and TravAbility to deliver the project.

Six selected tourism destinations were chosen, including Bundaberg, Capricorn, Gladstone, Mackay, Southern Queensland, and the Whitsundays.

Operators in attendance were Adventure Whitsunday, Cruise Whitsundays, Bowen Tourism and Business, Red Cat Adventures, Whitsunday Escape, Whitsunday Sailing Club, Tourism Whitsundays. Photo supplied

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