Lionize Tourism Consult; a tourism company with interest in Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) over the weekend organized a tour for 25 students of the New Horizon Special School in Cantoments, Accra.
The tour dubbed “Inclusive Tour”, which is the second of its kind was to entertain and educate these groups of people who are often left out in tourism opportunities.
The students were between the ages of 9 to 41 years and suffered from various types of disabilities such as autism, down syndrome and fragile X syndrome.
The first stop was at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra where the General Manager, Mr Paul Kavanagh had an interactive and educational session with the students.
Mr. Kavanagh after interacting with them said, “These students are beautiful and I think it’s a great initiative where businesses like us can play a part and support Persons with Disabilities. I would like to encourage all businesses in Ghana to step forward and identify how they can help.”
The students were also taken on a tour to the Legon Botanical Gardens for recreational activities where Prosper Kwami, the administrator took them round the facility to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The Vice Principal of the New Horizon Special School, Madam Jocelyn Adoboe noted that although, the students are occasionally taken out on field trips during the week, no organization had extended an invitation to take them out on a full tour. “This is the first of its kind and the organizers have really done an amazing job by letting these students feel included in the society because social inclusion is also a right for people with special needs”
The founder of Lionize Tourism Consult, Joseph Obiri in an exclusive interview with ghanabusinessnews.com, said the aim of organizing such tours was to “encourage, integrate and promote PWDs into domestic tourism in Ghana.”
He also said that, “PwDs are part of society and it is about time to let the world know that they are not different from the rest of us. They also have the right to enjoy sightseeing and get entertained.”
He indicated his organization’s readiness to make Ghana the go-to destination for tourism for persons with disabilities in West Africa.
By Pamela Ofori-Boateng
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