Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala - 9 April 2019: Kerala Tourism has launched the first phase of its most awaited project "Barrier-free Kerala". The first phase has made around 70 tourist destinations in Kerala accessible to elderly people and people with disabilities. With this initiative, Kerala Tourism aspires to make all tourism destinations in Kerala "differently abled-friendly" by 2020. Specialised tour packages are also on the anvil. A milestone in Kerala’s Tourism development is that Kerala is the first state in India to implement UN World Tourism Organisation’s call for 'Tourism for All Promoting Universal Accessibility’ in 2016.
Around 70 tourist centres have been equipped for the differently abled with accessible ramps, special toilets, wheelchairs, walking sticks, folding walkers, crutches, special signages, tactile walkways, touch screen kiosks, Braille brochures, audio guides and so forth. In harmony with 'The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016', 261 ramps, 116 toilets, 163 wheelchairs, 170 walking sticks, 958 signages and 159 crutches have already been provided in various centres so far.