Leisure and Theme Parks: Disability

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to help improve disabled access at theme parks and leisure venues.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

My Department and VisitEngland, the national tourist board, have taken a number of steps to improve accessibility within the tourism sector.

VisitEngland has a dedicated web portal providing tailored business advice to tourism businesses, including guidance on how to welcome guests with different access needs.

VisitEngland has also made sure that its promotional and marketing activities are inclusive. For example, its Escape the Everyday campaign worked in partnership with Channel 4 to launch the Mission: Accessible series, which highlights the perspective of visitors with access needs enjoying the tourism landscape.

And at the Budget last year, the Chancellor announced a £30m Changing Places Fund to increase the provision of Changing Places toilets in public buildings, including leisure buildings and theme parks.

The Tourism Sector Deal, published in June 2019, set out an ambition to make the UK the most accessible destination in Europe by 2025.

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