The British tourism industry is missing an opportunity to take a larger share of the £1billion spent in the UK by domestic visitors alone, and potentially breaching latest Code of Practice claims Total Hygiene. And its claims are reinforced by latest data from VisitEngland….
Figures released by VisitEngland show overnight trips made by, or accompanied by, someone with a health impairment or condition accounted for almost £1billion in the first six months of 2009, and people with access needs account for 12% of all overnight domestic trips. The figures come after the BS8300 code of practice for inclusive building design was updated to recommend multi-occupancy new build or refurbishment -including hotels- provide up to 15% of bedrooms as accessible. The minimal investment required to accommodate impaired visitors can be offset for tax relief either as a revenue expense or capital allowance.
is already the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of disabled toileting aids. Its new complete bathroom package extends beyond disabled toileting
, into creating a bathroom
/ en-suite/ washroom that meets the need of both able and disabled in one, including height adjustable basins
, ‘wash and dry’ toilets and hoists.
Robin Tuffley, Total Hygiene marketing manager, comments, “There are over 10m people registered disabled in the UK. Everyone, able or disabled, has to go to the toilet, and we ‘go’ up to eight times a day! Research also shows that people -regardless of ability- make a conscious decision NOT to visit somewhere if they believe they cannot toilet in clean, hygienic, and safe circumstances.
“A well-designed accessible bathroom
, en-suite or washroom opens a venue’s doors to that largely uncatered for section of the population, a section that is growing as we live longer. Tourism for All has numerous case studies ranging from independent operators to international chains that have seen a significant increase in business such as occupancy levels almost double by making even small adjustments to accommodate disabled guests.
Maybe more operators should spend a day in a wheelchair, or with one arm, and go round their venue, to see it from a different perspective!”
is the only UK supplier to offer the breadth of design, supply, installation and maintenance across its disabled toileting aids. Its expertise gained from over 40 years in the sector means it is ideally positioned to advise on, and ensure the design complies with, all legislative requirements and considerations, including Building Regulation Document M and BS8300:2009.