11 Jun 2018
TOURISM FOR ALL. Accessible tourism. Family Tourism.
CATALUNYA.- A tourist destination for all
Accessible tourism is about making it easy for everyone to enjoy tourism experiences. Making tourism more accessible is not only a social responsibility – there is also a compelling business case for improving accessibility as it can boost the competitiveness of tourism in Europe.
Evidence shows that making basic adjustments to a facility, providing accurate information, and understanding the needs of disabled people can result in increased visitor numbers.
Improving the accessibility of tourism services increases their quality and the enjoyment of all tourists. It also improves the quality of life in local communities.
The European Commission is committed to increasing accessibility in tourism through a number of actions.
The EU is co-funding projects related to the design, implementation, and marketing of accessible tourism itineraries.
The main aims are to:
- increase the travel opportunities available for people with special access needs
- promote social inclusion
- improve the skills of staff in the industry
Family Tourism A growing segment in Catalonia
Catalonia has a selection of destinations which offer a comprehensive range of adapted tourist amenities so that everyone has the chance to enjoy Catalonia’s extraordinary cultural heritage, its magnificent landscapes, its rich gastronomy, and even the broad spectrum of culture and sporting activities it has to offer.
Catalonia is privileged to have swelled the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites with architectural works by Antoni Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner, the archaeological site of Tarragona, Santa Maria de Poblet monastery and the Romanesque churches in Vall de Boí, among others.
All of these places have been selected for their exceptional qualities and because they exemplify the cultural or natural heritage that they represent.
According to UNESCO, what makes the concept of world heritage exceptional is its universal application.
The World Heritage List draws the international community’s attention to the richness and diversity of the planet’s cultural and natural heritage.
In Catalonia, the Patum de Berga festival and the Castells – the long-standing tradition of forming human towers – have also been declared examples of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. In addition, the Montseny Nature Reserve forms part of the Global Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Catalonia’s cultural heritage is rich and varied, taking in all disciplines and offering visitors monuments, unique traditional festivities and many music, dance, theatre and circus festivals.
Catalonia’s architectural heritage covers thousands of years of history. Its jewels include Iberian settlements, the remains of the first Greek city in the Iberian peninsula, the Roman legacy, Romanesque churches, Gothic cathedrals and Jewish quarters. With regard to artistic movements, Catalan modernism, which was at its height in the early 20th century with Gaudí as its greatest exponent, offers buildings that are unique in the world, such as La Pedrera, the Sagrada Familia and Güell Park.
Catalonia’s museums strive to live up to all this material, and the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), as well as Gothic and Baroque art, exhibits the largest collection of Romanesque art in the world, a must for culture lovers.
The port of Barcelona receives more and more cruisers with passengers and in terms of gastronomy, Catalonia has the highest number of restaurants with prestigious Michelin stars, scattered all over the region, such as Celler de Can Roca in Girona and Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar.
Family tourist experiences.
Catalonia is a destination that your family will remember fondly, thanks to the many experiences you will have together. In Catalonia, families have many things to do: in the summer or winter, at the beach or in the mountains.
Catalonia is a safe bet. Family beaches are adapted to your needs, certified by officials of the Catalan Tourist Board (ACT). They have services, lifeguard stations if someone gets hurt, showers to clean off sand before going home and, best of all, they have beach bars.
Another advantage of these beaches is their Blue Flag certification, which guarantees the environmental quality of the water. It is always reassuring to know that your children are swimming in clean water while they are doing water sports
Nature is better with family
If you like the outdoors, nature and the mountains of Catalonia, we offer many opportunities to explore it and include all the services you may need when you travel with children.
To give you an idea: there are landscapes with a beautiful and biodiverse natural environment, both flora and fauna. This turns them into places where you can enjoy nature. In addition, there are entertainment options adapted to children of different ages: educational centres, adventure sports, freshwater water sports centres, ski resorts and accommodation with family rooms equipped with safety bars and soft mats in play areas.
The Catalan Tourist Board (ACT) awards the Family Holiday labels of approval to distinguish towns that are particularly sensitive to this market segment, providing facilities and services adapted to the needs of families with children.
These towns are certified as providing accommodation, catering, leisure and free time facilities for younger visitors. Once verified by ACT inspectors, resorts are awarded the Family Beach or Nature and Mountain Holiday labels of approval to certify that they provide such services and amenities.
AVANT GRUP.- COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Avant Grup always aware of the environmental needs and climate change, backed by European regulations, has in its fleet Euro VI engines the new generations for coaches with zero CO2emissions.
CO2 emissions from transport in the European Union currently account for 3.5% of global CO2 emissions. In the face of this situation, a change was needed to promote this hopeful future for which each and every one of us watches over. With the help of Man, Mercedes-Benz, Scania or Volvo, the development of EURO VI engines has achieved a new milestone that combines extraordinary performance with low consumption and exemplary environmental compatibility.
Already at Avant Grup, we were pioneers and we advance to the established deadlines in the use of its predecessor, the Euro V engine, and today our fleet is integrated by new vehicles that not only convince with this new generation of engines, But also with a whole new range of innovations that guarantee a relaxed, serene and profitable driving.