GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME VI, NUMBER 12, December 2005
Copyright © 2005, Global Access News

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Please note: Any Internet links mentioned in this e-zine were verified as functioning as of the date at the top of this e-zine. Websites and e-mail addresses, however, change frequently, so changes may have occurred after that date.
 
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CHANGES FOR GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS

 

At the end of November, I got quite a shock after discovering that Yahoo (without notice) had moved the Global Access web site that I started over seven years ago and placed it at this address: http://www.globalaccessnews.com/index.html

While the ramifications of this sudden change are immense, I plan to continue with Global Access in order to provide a place where disabled travelers can share their travel experiences. In the meantime, you can always contact me at clearpath@cox.net Stay tuned for any additional changes.
 
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CONTENTS
 
1. VIENNA APARTMENTS
2. LONDON 2006: SAY GOODBYE TO DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES
3. BEIJING TOURS
4. EURO TALE
5. U.S. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION LOGS COMPLAINTS OF DISABLED FLYERS
6. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND
 
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1. VIENNA APARTMENTS

 
Travelers interested in renting a holiday apartment in Vienna, Austria, can check out a range of accommodations with varying degrees of accessibility at http://www.apartment.at/index_eng.php3/arten/behinderte

Descriptions and photos of the apartments are shown and prospective renters may contact the landlord through his/her e-mail address.
 
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2. LONDON 2006: SAY GOODBYE TO DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES

 
Disabled London residents and tourists alike can rejoice that every bus on the city network will be wheelchair-accessible by the end of 2005.

The old inaccessible double-decker Routemaster buses were phased out because they could not be remodeled to accommodate wheelchairs. The Routemasters will still be available on two Heritage routes that also offer wheelchair-accessible buses on the same route.
 
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3. BEIJING TOURS
 
Beijing’s Xinhua International Tours
is now offering accessible tours of the city for wheelchair users and people with mobility concerns.

The tour operators have selected accessible accommodations, transportation and itineraries to help disabled visitors experience the full range of things that the ancient city has to offer. To learn more, visit
http://beijing.etours.cn/dt/index.jsp

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4. EURO TALE

 
While this "Sun-Sentinnel" article is still available on-line, enjoy Susan Klibanoff tale of visiting Paris and London in a wheelchair. She provides excellent tips and stresses the importance of pre-trip planning.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/travel/print/sfl-eurchairnov20,0,1635206.story?coll=sfla-travel-print

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5. U.S. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION LOGS COMPLAINTS OF DISABLED FLYERS

 

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) stated that wheelchair-using passengers flying on U.S. airlines in 2004 filed about two-thirds of the 10,193 complaints that they received.
 
According to DOT, disabled passengers complained most about inaccessible aircraft, damaged wheelchairs, poor seats, lack of assistance, poor seating and longs waiting periods for their wheelchairs after the plane landed.
 
This report cited the government’s first totals of disability-related complaints to airlines. According to DOT, about 17 million disabled passengers fly each year.
 
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6. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

 
Syd & June Burns, of Penrith, England, took to the road to experience a getaway weekend in Liverpool. Share their adventure at  http://www.globalaccessnews.com/liverpool05.htm

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Thanks for sharing!
 
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