UK’s largest respite holiday provider praises community driven hospitality company for considering and accommodating the needs of disabled consumers
National respite holiday charity Revitalise commends Airbnb, following news of its launch of a new range of accessibility search filters for disabled holidaymakers.
The charity, with 55 years experience of providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers at its three accessible respite holiday centres in Chigwell in Essex, Southampton and Southport, is welcoming the initiative as a pioneering example of best practice from within the travel and tourism industry; praising Airbnb for taking action to consider and accommodate the needs of disabled holidaymakers.
In recent years, Revitalise has consistently campaigned on a variety of issues that affect disabled people and carers, including the need to make travel and tourism more accessible to disabled consumers.
Airbnb, which acquired accessible accommodation platform Accomable late last year, recently unveiled the release of 21 new accessibility filters across the platform, designed to make it easier for disabled travellers to find accessible travel accommodation worldwide. The new filters allow Airbnb guests to search specifically for listings that work for them. The introduction of the new filters is one in a series of steps Airbnb is taking to ensure its community is accessible for everyone.
Speaking of the significance of Airbnb’s latest accessibility features, Revitalise CEO, Chris Simmonds commented:
“Revitalise wholeheartedly welcomes the move from Airbnb to launch a new range of accessible search filters. As the largest provider of respite holidays for disabled people in the UK, we know the impact a holiday has on our guests. Too many disabled people go without a holiday because they simply can’t find anywhere that can provide what they need.
“Holidays are vitally important to everyone, to our relationships with those close to us, to our lust for life, and to our ability to cope with our daily challenges. It is heart warming to see a huge international holiday brand like Airbnb grappling with how to make them more accessible for disabled people”.
Srin Madipalli, Accessibility Product and Program Manager at Airbnb added:
“As a disabled person and passionate traveller, I am hugely excited by the changes we’re making at Airbnb. With these new filters, we are making it easier for everyone to share their adapted homes with disabled travellers around the world. Our mission is to enable anyone to belong anywhere, regardless of disability. The introduction of the new accessibility features and filters to all hosts and guests is just the first stage in our journey to improve accessibility at Airbnb. We encourage everyone to use them and send through their feedback.”