Bespoke Hotels urges action on accessibility

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UK: Bespoke Hotels is calling for greater accessibility ahead of International Day of People with Disability

Bespoke Hotels, in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has called on the hospitality industry to improve accessibility for disabled people.

Bespoke Hotel's Chairman Robin Sheppard was recently named Hotel Sector Champion by the government's Office for Disability Issues. He partnered with RIBA in 2016 to create the Bespoke Access Awards. The awards are an international competition to design fully accessible hotel rooms, as well as to continue improving access to properties worldwide for disabled people, including those with learning difficulties.The awards are now inviting submissions for the second year.

Sheppard said: "I am immensely proud to be a public advocate for improving access and experiences in hotels so that disabled people can enjoy life to the full, without fear or frustration. We hope that dates in the calendar such as the International Day of People with Disability will bring these issues to the forefront of people's minds, inspiring innovative and inclusive solutions across the hotel sector."  

Penny Mordaunt MP, former Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work said: "We have been short-changing a huge number of consumers, and they just deserve better. Just because a product or service is functional, it doesn't mean it can't also be beautiful. Really, that's what we all want."  

The range of the competition has been broadened for its second year, covering five strands of inclusive design: Architecture, Product Design, Service Applications (digital), Service Applications (training), and Inclusive Employment. Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative, innovative and potentially realisable ideas in any or all of these strands, with the overall winner receiving £20,000.

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