The new federation becomes the eighth to have been set up on Spanish soil and will continue to work in the fields of accessible tourism and personal assistance.
A group of volunteers will visit several establishments around Malaga to assess their accessibility and include them on an accessible tourism app.
During the event, Isabel García, Chairwoman of PREDIF Malaga, Mari Satur Torre, Director of Innovation at Fundación Vodafone (Vodafone Foundation) Spain and Tatiana Alemán, Technical Director of Universal Accessibility, Tourism and Culture at PREDIF, will explain what the TUR4all app is about and give instructions on how the activity will work.
After that, a number of volunteers will visit various establishments around Malaga where they will collect information about their accessibility features, taking measurements and photographs. They will then include that on the TUR4all mobile app via a questionnaire.
PREDIF aims to achieve several goals through this event. The first is to raise awareness among shopkeepers and managers of restaurants, tourist and leisure establishments about the need for their premises and services to be accessible for everyone, in particular for people with disabilities. The second is to publicise the TUR4all app among public interest organisations in the disability sector and the general public, as well as to produce a surge in downloads of the app along with new information on tourist establishments all in one day, thanks to the group of participants.
After this trip, the presentation of PREDIF Malaga will take place at Bodega Bar 'El Pimpi’. Isabel García, Chairwoman of PREDIF Malaga, will present her team and the work they will be doing. Antonio Hermoso, Chairman of Codisa-PREDIF Andalusia, Paqui Bazalo, Accessibility Councillor for the Malaga City Council, and Víctor González, Provincial Coordinator of Citizen and Volunteer Engagement at the Regional Office for Equality, Health and Social Policy of the Regional Government of Andalusia and a representative of the Provincial Council of Malaga will also take part in the presentation. The Fiesta will be brought to a close with an afternoon snack and a performance by the singer Tamara Jerez, who took part in the television programme “Tu cara no me suena todavía” on which contestants imitate famous singers.
The TUR4all Platform
In 2012, PREDIF and Fundación Vodafone created the first version of TUR4all, which aimed to provide users with reliable information that had been verified by experts on the accessibility of tourist establishments throughout Spain. Until 2016 TUR4all was an app and website for looking up information, but users wanted to have the opportunity to recommend accessible tourist establishments.
That is why the two organisations considered it important to take the project further and decided to turn TUR4all into a community of active users and make tourists with accessibility requirements opinion leaders in accessible tourism.
The new, improved version of the app makes it possible to expand the database of accessible tourist resources through the collaboration of users, placing them at the fore. It also makes it possible to create interaction with and among users, forming an active community that is linked to social networks, give TUR4all international reach and get information on tourist resources outside Spain and offer managers of tourist destinations, establishments and services the opportunity to get feedback from their clients who have accessibility requirements.
In addition, it is a multilingual platform so it can be used in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Valencian, Basque and Galician.
As with the first version, TUR4all provides information on accessibility for travellers with physical and other types of requirements, including people with visual, hearing and cognitive impairments, and aims to improve accessible tourism around the world. It also seeks to empower tourists with accessibility requirements so that they share information on accessible destinations and experiences and help others feel more confident about travelling.
In addition, PREDIF aims to raise awareness in tourist destinations and establishments about how accessibility can boost their growth and development and benefit their business, which is why TUR4all is a key tool for tourists, government bodies and private companies.
PREDIF, the Representative State Platform for People with Physical Disabilities, is a nationwide public interest organisation that represents over 100,000 people with physical disabilities, implements programmes and promotes initiatives for them.