Other shortlisted practices 2014
San Marino – an accessible tourist destination
|Name of Innovative Practice:||San Marino for all|
|Organisation:||Consorzio San Marino 2000|
|Beneficiaries targeted||people with disabilities|
|Approach/ model/ solution:||access to all tourist attractions in the historic city center|
The project was initiated after the mother of a boy with physical disability asked whether it was possible for them to visit San Marino’s historic center. This simple question has been the input for the project. Previously there were no focus on usability or features for people with disabilities in the city.
The project has the objective to open the Republic of San Marino to “accessible tourism”. Local economic operators such as hotels, restaurants and services of the Consortium San Marino 2000 responded positively after having realized the large demand of tourists with special needs, even assuming the implementation of major structural changes. This provoked a mindset change from ethics, morality and economic point of views. The project involved the use of professional tools for slopes and itineraries, lengths measurements as well as the verification of those itineraries together with the athletes of the Sammarinese Paralympic Committee.
CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK
There is still a collaboration with associations and companies about how to improve the accessibility of the city. Three years after the birth of the project improvements have been made on public areas (access ramp to the cable car), hotels (accessible rooms) and restaurants (menu in braille). In addition, a special braille guide for the Museo delle Tradizioni Contadine was made. Due to these changes, a growing interest in San Marino was noticed.