In a move to make tourism more inclusive and accessible, Enable Travel- India’s first accessible holiday initiative was launched to cater to the travel aspirations of people with disabilities. Enable Travel, powered by Cox and Kings Ltd aims to provide tours and carefully crafted leisure outings for people with disabilities across mobility (wheelchairs), hearing, speech and vision impairment.
The initiative was unveiled by Debolin Sen, Head, Enable Travel; Karan Anand, Head- Relationships, Cox & Kings along with Enable Travel’s panel of experts- Rustom Irani (wheelchair), Divyanshu Ganatra (vision), Shama Noorani (wheelchair), Group Captain (Retd) Prabal Malaker (wheelchair) and Dr. Alim Chandani (hearing), thus making Enable Travel a product made by the disabled for the disabled.
Speaking at the launch, Debolin Sen, Head, Enable Travel, said, “Enable Travel is a long-term commitment to make travel easy and hassle free in India and to empower each and every individual to celebrate their love for travel. Through this initiative, we are trying to address various barriers like inaccessible travel information, lack of transportation and disable friendly hotel rooms that prevent people from travelling.”
Sen informed that each of the itineraries catering to inbound and domestic tourists has been thoughtfully curated; ensuring the long-held dream of a seamless travel experience isn’t hampered. “Enable Travel will introduce quality transportation in the form of wheelchair accessible vehicles, aids and accessories like ramps and an assortment of specialised wheelchairs for those who are wheelchair bound. Support services also include investments in specially trained manpower such as caregivers, sign language interpreters, expert guides and escorts making all areas of travel accessible,” he added.
Karan Anand, Head, Relationships, Cox & Kings, said, “We believe that people with disabilities have absolute right to live a life of equal opportunities, choice and freedom. Many tourists with disabilities within and outside India are keen on exploring different travel experiences the country has to offer. It is important to tap this largely underserved segment of travellers by providing quality assistance and services that focus on individual needs. Enabling barrier-free travel for people with disabilities will contribute to a significant increase in inbound and domestic tourism. Enable Travel endeavours to make tourism accessible to all and encourages people to turn their travel dreams into reality.”