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October 31, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Not every traveler is young and mobile. With populations in affluent countries aging, the percentage of older travelers is constantly on the increase; families with young children, and the physically or mentally challenged, are also among those who like to travel and explore new places.

Recognizing the needs of these travelers, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is actively working on making local travel destinations obstacle-free. This year the Bureau has created five model areas within national scenic areas that are suitable for travelers with special needs: the seaside beach resort of Fulong on the northeast coast, Baishawan Beach on the north coast, Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan, the hot-spring town of Guguan in Taichung, and Dapeng Bay in southwestern Taiwan. All of these places feature special facilities (special toilets, ramps and railings, parking spots for the handicapped, paths suitable for wheelchairs, etc.), means of transports (low-floor buses, wheelchairs for rent, etc.), and service counters with helpful staff that enhance the travel experience of less mobile visitors.

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