To mark World Tourism Day and celebrate its theme ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’, Castle Tower School, Ballymena, were invited to Titanic Belfast to be ‘tourists at home’. The special event was hosted by Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction to highlight and support this year’s theme during its Year of Access, which aims to highlight the issue of disability access in its many forms and encourage industry improvements when dealing with disabled travellers.
Castle Tower School, Ballymena, has been selected as Titanic Belfast’s education partner and will play a vital part in developing not only Titanic Belfast’s learning programme but its accessibility during its Year of Access. The World Tourism Day celebrations was the first activity of the on-going two year partnership were the school will get to experience the world-class education programme, trialling new and existing activities at no cost to themselves.
Judith Owens, Titanic Belfast’s Director of Operations said, “We are delighted to be supporting this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations with our new partner school, especially during our Year of Access. With one in five potential customers in the UK having a disability and as one of the UK’s most accessible attractions, we are committed to further developing our five-star customer service by ensuring that all our visitors’ access requirements are not only fully met but exceeded. We are very much looking forward to working with Castle Tower School to develop this and further our learning offering.
We hope that our example will inspire the tourism industry locally, nationally and internationally to do more to better cater for disabled travellers.” Castle Tower Geography Teacher, Paula Morgan, said, “We are delighted to be Titanic Belfast’s new partner school. Titanic Belfast is a unique learning resource, right on our doorstep. The whole school is really looking forward to not only learning more, going back in history and exploring the oceans with Titanic Belfast but also helping them develop their accessibility offering during its Year of Access.” Titanic Belfast’s Learning Team is supported by the Survitec Group, a leading manufacturer of marine, defence and aerospace survival technology. Titanic Belfast has welcomed over 100,000 pupils since opening in 2012 and was recently awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2015.
This learning partnership is just one of the initiatives Titanic Belfast, which has welcomed over 3 million visitors from over 145 countries, is undertaking as part of its Year of Access. The world-class visitor attraction has already been listed by SAGA and the Rough Guide to Accessibility Britain as one of the most accessible attractions in the UK. For more information, visit www.titanicbelfast.com.