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Attendees at World Travel Market’s first-ever session devoted to the disabled market heard from a leading specialist tour operator and web design agency.

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Attendees at World Travel Market’s first-ever session devoted to the disabled market heard from a leading specialist tour operator and web design agency.

Amar Latif, founder and director of specialist tour operator Traveleyes, said that his business targeted destinations on their appeal rather than their accessibility. “We choose interesting destination and tailor the trip to make them more sensory,” he said.

Latif is well known for his appearance on the BBC2’s documentary series Beyond Boundaries, which followed a group of disabled people crossing jungles in central America.

Traveleyes tours have an equal number of blind and partially sighted people, with the sighted people getting a discount on the cost of the holiday in return for acting as a guide. He was quick to point out that the sighted persons are not intended to act as “carers” for their companions. “All they do is help them experience the destination.”

Disabled spend in the UK is £80bn a year, with blind and partially-sighted accounting for around one-fifth of this. Latif said that Traveleyes is the first commercially-driven business to operate in this sector, rather than a charity.

Lee Rotbart, director of marketing for web design agency Reading Room, said that businesses which didn’t make their websites accessible were “shutting the door on up to 10 million UK customers”. Disabled people are also more likely to shop online that the general population, she said

She argued that all web sites should be accessible because web sites should be simple and straightforward. “Take your mouse out and see if you can navigate around with tabs. If you can’t, then neither can a lot of your customers,” she said.

Similarly, images need to be tagged in order for screen-reader software to work, so co-ordination between the various departments involved in designing a site is essential.

But the overwhelming reason for making a site accessible, she said, “is that they get ranked higher in Google, and that is how 90%+ of customers will find your web site.”
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Sobre o World Travel Market
World Travel Market, o principal evento global para a indústria de viagens, é a exposição business-to-business de quatro dias obrigatória para a indústria de viagens e turismo em todo o mundo.

Quase 50,000 profissionais seniores da indústria de viagens, ministros do governo e imprensa internacional embarcam no ExCeL - Londres todo mês de novembro para fazer contatos, negociar e descobrir as últimas tendências e opiniões da indústria na WTM.

O WTM, que completa 30 anos em 2009, é o evento onde o setor de viagens conduz e fecha seus negócios.

A WTM é propriedade da principal organizadora de eventos do mundo, Reed Exhibitions (RE), que organiza um portfólio de outros eventos da indústria de viagens, incluindo Arabian Travel Market e International Luxury Travel Market.

RE realiza mais de 500 eventos em 38 países nas Américas, Europa, Oriente Médio e Ásia-Pacífico cobrindo 47 setores da indústria, incluindo aeroespacial e aviação, saúde, manufatura e esporte e recreação.

Em 2008, a RE, parte do grupo Reed Elsevier, reuniu mais de seis milhões de profissionais da indústria de todo o mundo, gerando bilhões de dólares em negócios.

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O editor-chefe é Linda Hohnholz.