Hotel access criticised

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LACK of disabled access at holiday destinations across the UK could be costing the economy billions of pounds, a Sheffield tourism expert has warned.

Dr Bill Rowson, from Sheffield Hallam University, said improving accessible tourism could boost the economy by up to £2 billion.

Dr Rowson was talking at The Activate Tourism Training Resources for Accessible Cities and Towns forum.

He cited Visit England research suggesting many hotels and leisure venues do not have accessible and inclusive facilities.

Dr Rowson said: “It is important facilities are inclusive - so people can be treated equally and fairly. There is clearly still work to do both in the UK and overseas.”