Alicante tourism authorities have announced two special initiatives to make travel more inclusive for visitors.
The first is a travel app being produced by the Alicante Tourism Board in partnership with PassporterApp, to provide in-depth travel information for tourists.
The app will also include a section called “Alicante Fácil”, featuring content for people with reading comprehension difficulties. Available in Spanish, Valencian and English, the guide has been produced by the APSA association, which helps people with intellectual disabilities.
The second initiative is the Navilens system, produced for use in Alicante to facilitate the mobility of people with reduced or no vision. The system consists of labels with colour codes similar to barcodes or QR codes that are placed around the city. These codes are read by the camera on a mobile phone and information from each tag is read aloud.
According to the developers, the advantage of this app over other similar options is that the codes can be read from much greater distances. It has already been installed on El Postiguet beach, “making it the first smart beach in the country”. Also incorporated on Tabarca Island, the system provides written or spoken information in 33 languages.
Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport is fully compliant with EU regulations when providing services for travellers with disabilities or reduced mobility.