GC student pioneers accessible tourist guide for the city
A Gloucestershire College student is hoping to set a trend in how towns and cities look at their accessible tourism. Christian Drewitt, who is on a traineeship programme, is now working with Marketing Gloucester with the support of Gloucestershire College to produce a new tourism guide for the city specifically aimed on giving advice on the best things to see and do for people with disabilities.
Christian approached Marketing Gloucester with the idea of producing a guide that was both practical and personal. The guide will be written from the viewpoint of someone with limited mobility and other impairments such as limited vision. Christian is himself a wheelchair user.
There are over 10 million people in the UK who are registered disabled. Destinations would benefit from a greater understanding of accessibility tourism to improve the experience of all of their visitors. As well transport, infrastructure and facilities, Christian’s project could also look at the accessibility of online booking systems, marketing, exhibits with participation and staff training.
Christian said: “It is not easy for me to get around personally. I have a passion for Gloucester and want to help promote the city, its tourist attractions and leisure facilities. I would like to help make a change that will benefit others like me.”
Jason Smith, Chief Executive at Marketing Gloucester, said: “We were very excited when Gloucestershire College approached us and asked if we would like to work with Christian on what he hope will be a model for other towns and cities.”
Councillor Jennie Dallimore, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council, said: “The study that Christian is conducting will be very useful to many people. As well as looking at the accessibility of Gloucester’s tourist attractions, his reviews will be a genuine experience and offer real insight on disability. I am delighted that we will be able to work together with Christian to learn and to make improvements to Gloucester, making it more accessible and enjoyable for all residents and visitors, day and night.”
For more information about the project, call Marketing Gloucester on 01452 207020 or visit www.marketinggloucester.co.uk
Gloucestershire College delivers traineeships to young people aged 16 to 24, to provide them with the essential work preparation training needed to progress on to an apprenticeship or employment. The 12-week programme combines education and training with a work experience placement at a local company, and is available all year round. For more information visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/traineeships or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.
Thank you to Marketing Gloucester for sharing this story.