PATA Malaysia Taylor’s Student Chapter : Awareness Walk

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Accessible tourism

MALAYSIA, August 26, 2016 — The very first pre-event of World Tourism Day 2016 celebration in Taylor’s University, was the awareness walk. Organized and held by Diploma in Tourism Management Batch 9 students on 23rd July (Saturday), this event was aimed to create awareness regarding promoting universal accessibility among the participants. Dr. Toney K Thomas, Deputy Dean of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts officiated this event held in Lecture Theatre 2. Speakers invited have conveyed insightful speeches regarding their experience as they personally have disabilities. The three speakers, although from different people with disabled associations or foundation, have common intentions and goals – to fight for the rights of people with disabled, educate the public regarding the difficulties in overcoming possible obstacles and challenges in accessing surrounding information and facilities, particularly in Malaysia where most places are not disabled friendly.

The main event which was the walk gave participants real-life experience about the difficulties of people with disabled while travelling. They were made “disabled” – blindfold, travel using wheelchair, legs or hands tied up. The route was short; it took just 15 minutes for the physically healthy people to complete. However, the time taken for participants with “disabilities” doubled or tripled than normal. Through this walk, participants are now more aware about the challenges while travelling with different difficulties. This event officially marked its end with singing performance and lucky draw. The outcomes are fruitful, and it benefited both organizers and participants. More events like this should be organized to educate the public to make a change for betterment of society.