Greece Pushes to Make Over 200 Beaches Wheelchair Accessible by Summer

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More ocean-lovers will enjoy Greece’s sparkling blue waters as the country is making its beaches more wheelchair-friendly. First reported on by Greek Reporter, tourism minister Vassilis Kikilias says the country is installing remote-operated ramps, removable changing rooms, and portable sanitary facilities at 287 beaches across the country. 

The ramp project, designed by Greek company Seatrac, has already improved over 140 beaches. “Equal access to the sea is an inalienable human right,” said Kikilias at a press conference.

The official said that people with disabilities and limited mobility should have the opportunity to participate in beach activities with family and friends, noting activities like these enhance quality of life.

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The Seatrac system operates lowers users into the water with a remote control chair along a movable track. At the end of the track, a handrail allows users to disembark the chair and swim in the water. The project aims to promote the country as an accessible sea tourism destination. The project is part of their $16 million “Creation of Integrated Tourist Accessible Sea Destinations” initiative.

Approximately 75 million people worldwide use wheelchairs, making accessibility an essential consideration for tourism. Projects like these and accessible features in museums and national parks make travel more inclusive for people with disabilities.

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