Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:41
Monday, 27 November 2017 10:29

On 14 September 2017, the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union, in partnership with the Municipality of Tyre, launched the first pilot project in Lebanon, which allows all people of different needs to reach the beach and enjoy marine tourism services, "Beach for All", in an official event in Tent No. 19 on the shore of Tyre’s Nature Reserve.

 The equipped tent had a large audience, including the head of the Federation of Municipalities of Tyre Hassan Dbouk; members of the Municipal Council, the Municipal Committee in charge of procurement &logistics, the representative of the Ministry of Social Affairs Mohammed Hammoud, representative of the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform Najwa Al-Ksaifi, representatives of civil and national society associations in Tyre and the South, in addition to a number of people with disabilities.

Monday, 27 November 2017 10:27

On July 12, 2017, the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union launched the practical steps towards inclusive tourism within the framework of the "Tourism for All" project funded by the European Union and the management of the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform in the Hayakel Baalbeck restaurant; in the presence of the Mayor of Baalbek Hussein Al-Lakkis represented by the Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the Municipal Council Mohammad Awada, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baalbeck Governmental Hospital Dr. Hassan Yahfofi, President of Baalbeck Center for Care and Development Marcel Sukkarieh, Representative of Jihad Al-Bina’ Development Association Eng. Hassan Samaha, President of the Syndicate of Fine Artists and Artisans in the Bekaa Amer al Haj Hassan, representative of the Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training Ghada Raad and social activists

Monday, 27 November 2017 10:24

Friday, 10 November 2017

«Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union» to raise awareness

Zeina Barjawi – Al Safir

 

The Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union tries to introduce a new approach to the overall socio-economic development of people with disabilities through the launching of the Inclusive Tourism Project entitled "Promoting the Right to Access a Barrier free Environment ".

 

On the occasion of World Tourism Day, which is celebrated this year under the theme of "Tourism for All" and under the patronage and presence of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform Nabil de Freij, the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union and the European Network for Inclusive Tourism (ENAT) held a press conference to launch "Tourism for All in Lebanon" project and his media campaign. This is as part of “Afkar 3” program, funded by the European Union, and managed by the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform.

Monday, 27 November 2017 10:22

Beirut- Essam Sahmarani (Arabi el Jadeed)

Everyone has the right to visit various tourist facilities. But what about people with disabilities? How will they be able to do so in the face of the accessibility obstacles, especially in the Arab countries? The answer is in two words: "Inclusive tourism".

Not far from the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union Center in Raouche area of ​​Beirut, where the LPHU is active in the "Tourism for All" project, many restaurants and cafes extend from the sea line to the nearby Hamra Street. Thousands of customers visit these facilities daily. However, where is the part of people with disabilities to benefit from these facilities?

 The inspection of these places and a talk with some of the workers emphasizes the many difficulties facing the person with disability, whether it is physical or sensory. Stairs obstruct the way of wheelchair users. "They carry them and sometimes help them," a worker at a restaurant in Hamra Street said. If they enter after such assistance, they will face other difficulties in internal mobility, especially accessing the narrow restrooms. The blind person cannot even ask for his own food without the help of someone reading what is written on the menu. There are no Braille menus, and no digital audio lists. A deaf person faces other difficulties, such as the absence of a single person who knows sign language.

 

Many difficulties prevent people with disabilities from reaching Touristic sites in their country, before we talk about foreign people with disabilities coming to Lebanon for tourism. Moreover, before we talk about visiting the swimming pools, beaches, sports and artistic terraces and natural and archaeological sites, if cafes and restaurants are so poor at the level of adaptation, others are worse.

Monday, 27 November 2017 10:21

Ali Awada, Tuesday 27 September 2016

 

(Al Balad)

On September 27 of every year, the world celebrates World Tourism Day with a number of activities to support and strengthen the international community's awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. In addition to highlighting the importance of tourism and its role in contributing to the achievement of the goals of sustainable development and addressing some of the most pressing challenges faced by society today, where tourism should not only be a luxury in the lives of people, but is a necessity to identify new countries and civilizations, and entertain oneself.

 Travelling and visiting tourist sites, according to several studies, is positively reflected on people. This is reflected on the health aspect, in terms of maintaining mental health and strengthening the immune system and sense of happiness.

The World Tourism Organization (WTO) invites all interested parties to participate in special events and events held on September 27 each year in their countries or during their holidays.

 

The World Tourism Organization of the United Nations General Assembly decided to establish the International Day of Tourism during its third session held in Torremolinos, Spain, September 1979, beginning in 1980. This date was chosen, to coincide with an important milestone in the world tourism sector: On the anniversary of the adoption of the Statute of the World Tourism Organization on 27 September 1970.