Business travel can be a daunting task for even the most experienced of corporate or business travellers, even more so if one is inhibited by physical challenges or disabilities. Let’s take a quick look at how the travel industry is rising to the needs of the physically challenged or disabled business travellers in this blog.

Passengers who need special assistance should notify their TMC/airlines at least 48 hours in advance of the help they require.

Help is at hand from the moment passengers get to the airport in a number of areas including changing flights; getting off the plane and assistance boarding and journey right from the arrival of the flight to its departure.

There are also voice-based tools that assist visually impaired travellers with positive impact on experience.

Even rail transport and stations provide assistance for any train journey, but they must be notified 24 hours in advance. Physically challenged travellers can be assisted to their train.  Ram facilities are available in almost all major railways stations to help people with disabilities. Support can be extended in helping the disabled take the connecting train or in carrying the luggage of up to a certain weight.

Hotel chains have also made considerable improvements to some of their facilities including wider bathroom doorways and wider entries; easily accessible power outlets and light switches; door handles that are lever types; wet rooms,  walk-in showers’, making space on each side of the bed; wall-mounted shower seats, wheeled shower chairs and raised toilet seats.

There are some hotels that offer flashing doorbells, vibrating alarm pillows and fire alarms.  The aforementioned steps show that the travel industry is catering to the growing needs of the physically challenged, ensuring that every travel experience is enriching in itself.

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