Accessibility, News, News

Wicklow County Tourism to take the lead in accessible tourism

Wicklow County Tourism to take the lead in accessible tourism

Stephen Cluskey, Cllr Miriam Murphy and Noelle Daly at the Wicklow Tourism AGM which was held in Tinnakilly House, Rathnew – Photo: WicklowNews.net

Wicklow Tourism is starting a new initiative in partnership with MobilityMojo.  Mobility Mojo is an award winning, user generated website that works like TripAdvisor but focuses on access.

MobilityMojo co-founders Noelle Daly and Stephen Cluskey made a presentation at Wicklow County Tourism’s AGM in Tinakilly on Tuesday the 27th of June. 

According to Eurostat, the demand within the ‘Accessible Tourism and Senior Tourism’ market could reach 160 million people, generating potential revenues of €88.6 billion by 2025.  Scotland have been focussing on that market, and In 2013 the accessible tourism spend in Scotland was £1.5billion

Many of the businesses around Wicklow are already offering good accessibility and great customer experiences but fail to advertise it to anyone.  Mobility Mojo encourages a ‘Good Access is Good Business’ approach and helps promote this side of a business directly to a targeted audience worldwide.

‘Accessible Tourism and Senior Tourism’ is a growing and profitable market! Through the partnership with MobilityMojo, Wicklow has a real opportunity to attract some of that market and become a leader in Ireland!

Cllr. Miriam Murphy says:  “There is a real opportunity for Wicklow to take a lead and become Ireland’s accessible destination.  Local businesses have already done a great job, and MobilityMojo’s platform offers a fantastic opportunity to let visitors know about it.”

Stephen Cluskey says:  “The need for good accessibility affects all of us at some point in our lives, parents wishing to find suitable venues that welcome babies in strollers and has accessible baby changing facilities, tourists pulling wheeled suitcases, people who may have a temporary injury or a permanent disability like a broken leg or a wheelchair user and even women in high heels. A safe accessible environment also provides greater independence for our ageing population which ultimately has a positive impact for all of us as we live longer”.

“By promoting a ‘Good Access is Good Business’ approach, venues can showcase the accessibility of their premises to a targeted worldwide audience.” Says Noelle Daly.  “This becomes more important when you think that one person with greater access needs can determine where a group go out for dinner or how accessible a wedding venue needs to be or indeed where a conference for more than 500 people is held, so rather than see accessibility as a compliance issue businesses reap the rewards when their premises is accessible“.

“This is a real eye opener for the hospitality sector and many others” says Pat Mellon, Chairman of Wicklow County Tourism.  “Rather than see accessibility as a compliance issue businesses reap the rewards when their premises are accessible”

You can already register your business for free on www.mobilitymojo.com.

Margaret Stephens, Neassa Clismann, Stephen Cluskey, Fred Verdier, Mai Quaid, Cllr miriam Murphy, Cllr Brendan Thornhill, Noelle Daly, Martyna O’Toole and Gerard O’Brien at the Wicklow Tourism AGM which was held in Tinnakilly House, Rathnew – Photo:  WicklowNews.net

Discover Wicklow

Wicklow Boat Hire, Kayaking & Tackle Shop

  • Wicklow Town
  • fredwicklow
  • Activities
Wicklow Boat Hire (www.wicklowboathire.ie) was founded in 2009 to support both fishing activities and getting out for a nice day out on the water taking...

Blessington Team Up - Avon Ri Adventure Centre

  • Blessington
  • fredwicklow
  • Activities
[vc_video link="https://youtu.be/4G6fayqCTx0"]Avon Rí has an extensive range of land and water-based activities for you to choose from. Enjoy a host of outdoor adventures, whether you’re...

Woodenbridge World War 1 Memorial Park

  • Woodenbridge
  • visitwicklow
  • Attractions
The Wicklow War 1 Memorial was design to commemorate the 1,192 men from the county...

Rathgall Hillfort

  • Shillelagh
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Rathgall is a multivallate hillfort, on the edge of a ridge with four concentric stone...

Ballybraid / Ballyboy Trail

  • Laragh Glendalough
  • fredwicklow
  • 2 Hours or less Walks
A short and enjoyable walk which brings you to Ballyboy Viewpoint. From here you’ll get...

Baltinglass Abbey

  • Baltinglass
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
The abbey is situated on the east bank of the River Slaney on the North...

Athgreany Stone Circle: Piper's Stones

  • Hollywood
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Athgreany is a picturesque circle of 16 grey granite stones and an outlier. Some of...

Wicklow Films Drives

  • Not Set
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Welcome to Wicklow, the Hollywood of Europe.  Read More Discover the fantastic landscape behind some...

Wicklow Way Baggage

  • Roundwood
  • fredwicklow
  • Activities
Wicklow Way Baggage is a highly reliable service offering door-to-door baggage transfers between B&Bs, hotels...

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

  • Shillelagh
  • fredwicklow
  • Activities
Luxury handmade chocolates, chocolate spreads, biscuits and gift hampers Factory shop, café, ice cream parlour,...

About the author

Related Posts