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Fergus Ewing MSP - February 16

Scotland has made great progress in tourism. The quality of our accommodation, food and drink and visitor attractions has increased immeasurably.

One area we need to do more is accessible tourism: providing for those with a disability.

In the UK, 11 million people have some form of disability. Some use a wheelchair, others have impaired sight or hearing. Many travel with carers. A variety of different needs and an enormous market.

That also includes providing respite to people with long term disabilities and their carers - "respitality."

Princess Anne has advocated this as a great opportunity. Visit Scotland provide a free training tool kit and advice on access statements. Have a look at their website.

With much effort and common purpose, we could become known as the country offering the warmest welcome and the most practical support to people with a disability.

Scotland, the accessible tourism destination.