“TRAVEL TOGETHER” WITH TOTA
TOTA is committed to becoming a world-renowned accessible destination and the goal is to promote Full Inclusion and Accessibility in all aspects of community and tourism experiences, products and services in the Thompson Okanagan region.
Full inclusion and accessibility allows equal opportunity and participation for people with different abilities, and it nurtures a sense of belonging and well being for all involved. For people with different abilities, inclusion and accessibility is an essential piece to living, working, playing and travelling, with and alongside family and friends.
FULL INCLUSION = EVERYONE
In line with and inspired by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and with a focus on Goal #9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal #10 - Reduced Inequalities, and Goal #11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities, TOTA is embarking on the journey of making this beautiful region more accessible to EVERYONE.
As such, TOTA has recently hired a Regional Accessibility Specialist, who is eager to spark the conversation and provide awareness and consultations to accessible travel and tourism in our region.
regional accessibility specialist
TOTA’s Regional Accessibility Specialist is currently engaged in the following:
Creating relationships with tourism partners and stakeholders in the TOTA Region
Providing support and suggestions on full inclusion and accessibility to tourism in our region
Researching accessible travel best practices
Assisting in creating accessible content
Researching existing accessible tourism experiences and products in our region
Building partnerships with existing support agencies for people with different abilities
Plans moving forward:
Create a TOTA Strategic Accessibility Plan
Highlight and promote existing accessible tourism products on our consumer website
Create an online space for accessible tourism experiences and products in our region
Continue to create and promote partnerships with existing support agencies
Offer accessible reviews to businesses who are committed to TOTA’s Biosphere Adhesion Program
Influence the accessible features and amenities on Rail Trails throughout our region
Host “Full Inclusion & Accessibility” Workshops