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Scandic Hotels Recognises at Best Practice In Accessibility

Swedish hotel chain offers online training and accessibility standards. Numerous barrier-free rooms at Hamburg's Scandic hotel

The Scandinavian hotel chain Scandic has been named winner at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 in the category “Best accommodation for disability access.” The award ceremony took place at the World Travel Market in London on 4 November 2015. In Hamburg, Scandic has been operating a 325-room house at the Emporio complex near Gänsemarkt.With 33 barrier-free rooms, the Hamburg hotel is one of the chain’s best facilities for people with handicap.

Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Director, Scandic Hotels, said upon the presentation of the award in London: “I am very pleased that we have received this award. It is a proof that the hard work we are doing to make iour hotels accessible for anyone is important and being recognised.“

Dedicated to Accessibility

At Scandic, everyone should be offered the same high Scandic standard, regardless of ability. In consultation with organizations for people with special needs, hotel guests and team members, Scandic has drawn up a checklist of 110 points called Scandic’s Accessibility Standard. This standard covers everything offered by Scandic and it is an integral part of all of Scandic’s products and services. Scandic has also implemented smart design features in rooms to make them accessible for people with disabilities. In 2013, Scandic was the first hotel chain in the world to launch an online interactive training on disabilities that is open to everyone on Scandic’s website in the “special needs” section.

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About the World Responsible Tourism Award

The World Responsible Tourism Awards were founded by Responsible Travel in 2004 to celebrate the most inspiring stories in responsible tourism. The Awards are organised by Responsible Travel and ICRT (International Centre for Responsible Tourism). The award ceremony is hosted by World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry on World Responsible Tourism Day.

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