(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Supporting an agenda for inclusive tourism, Sasol, the South African energy giant, unveiled its ‘Understand Accessibility' programme in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) with the inclusion of 9-dimensional virtual reality (9-D VR) chairs at the official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations hosted in Doha recently.
Organised by the UNWTO and QTA, WTD brought together representatives from tourism authorities and Ministries around the world to explore tourism's contribution to countries' long-term development and sustainable growth.
Accessible Qatar is an award-winning application and website, the first of its kind in the region, which provides the disabled community instant and reliable information about the accessibility of public and touristic locations in Qatar. Combining expertly-audited data with user-submitted reviews and ratings, Accessible Qatar gives the disabled community and tourists the confidence to visit different accessible destinations.
Inclusive tourism is one of the key pillars of sustainable tourism identified by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Including travelers facing accessibility issues in all forms will continue to open up the space for discovery, growth, and understanding, while promoting peaceful economic development around the world.
Understand Accessibility is a programme developed as part of ‘Accessible Qatar', a long-standing corporate social responsibility initiative of Sasol, to find solutions and raise awareness of the accessibility challenges faced by the disabled community. Understand Accessibility will work in partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority to place the immersive 9-D VR chairs at events, exhibitions, and venues around the country, helping people and decision makers to understand and experience the accessibility challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Phinda Vilakazi, President of GTL Ventures at Sasol, said: 'Understand Accessibility programme leverages cutting-edge technology to let people truly understand accessibility challenges. With Sasol's partnership with QTA and with other Ministries and institutions in Qatar, we have been able to promote accessibility at hotels and tourist attractions across the country.