Sep 26 2016
THE majority of Zimbabwe’s hotels and other tourist services have failed to provide disabled-friendly facilities, an official said.
BY REJOICE CHINGWARU
A senator representing people with disabilities, Anna Shiri, recently said that not welcoming people with disabilities was a direct violation of the Constitution.
She called on hotel owners and stakeholders to renovate their buildings with people with disabilities in mind.
“Our hotels need a lot of work. They do not have facilities suitable for people with disabilities, especially bathrooms, and this should be corrected, ”said Shiri.
Zimbabwe Paralympic Committee secretary general Lewis Garaba also said they had struggled to find accommodation for the Paralympic team due to the discriminatory nature of facilities at most hotels.
“My colleagues and I have found it difficult to stay at our local hotels because the facilities are not accommodating. Despite discussions on these issues, nothing has been done, ”Garaba said.
Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hotel Industry Annastacia Ndlovu urged hotels to adopt the theme of World Tourism Day, which this year will be celebrated as part of Tourism for All, promoting accessibility universal, in order to guarantee quality service to everyone.
“We would like the tourism industry, in all of its different roles, services and capabilities, to recognize that people with disabilities have equal rights to tourism services, opportunities, independent travel, accessible facilities, trained staff, reliable information and inclusive marketing, ”Ndlovu mentioned.