GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 3, March 2003
Copyright © 2003, 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 on this E-Zine. Websites and e-mail addresses, however, change frequently, so changes may have occurred after that date.

Welcome to the March 2003 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine.T hanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. ACROSS CHILE BY 4X4
2. AFRICA FOR EVERYONE
3. MONTCUQ, FRANCE ACCESSIBLE HOLIDAY HOME
4. WATERFORD, IRELAND LOWERED-FLOOR BUSES
5. EL PASO, TEXAS AIRPORT
6. NOOSA, QUEENSLAND

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1. ACROSS CHILE BY 4X4


Amapi Expeditions is now offering Cactus Trail Handy, a 12-day tour of Northern Chile for people in wheelchairs via heavy-duty 4X4 vehicles. The journey begins in Valparaiso and ends in San Pedro de Atacama. The itinerary crosses the regions of the Elqui valley and the Atacama Desert, exploring its fauna and flora, sometimes on trails at more than 12,500 feet high.

The itinerary, accessible hotels, camping facilities and vehicles have been designed with disabled adventurers in mind. To discover more about the tour, visit http://www.amapiexpeditions.com/ukcach.html
For additional contact information contact:
Amapi Expeditions:
casilla 351
Viña del Mar
Chile

e-mail: info@amapiexpeditions.com
Tel: + 56 32 478 991
Cel: + 56 99 422 613


 
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2. AFRICA FOR EVERYONE


Vera Cheal, of The Africa Guide, recently wrote us about her efforts to promote disabled travel in Africa. The Africa Guide currently lists a number of itineraries in their Travel Center offered by several tour operators specializing in package tours, which include services and amenities for wheelchair users and for people with impaired hearing. To learn more, visit http://www.africaguide.com/travel/ and then click on the Africa for Everyone link.

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3. MONTCUQ, FRANCE ACCESSIBLE HOLIDAY HOME


If visiting the French countryside near such historical cities as Toulouse, Carcassonne and Cahors consumes your travel dreams, consider booking a stay at Calvet in Montcuq, France. This three-story holiday home, known as a gîte, is completely designed and equipped for disabled people who are either traveling solo or with companions. The wheelchair accessible bedroom and bathroom feature ample maneuvering space, and the bathroom includes a Jacuzzi bath, accessible shower seat, and an adjustable washbasin. An elevator provides easy access to all levels of the home. Visitors can enjoy the lovely swimming pool, garden and views of the nearby medieval village of Montcuq. Disabled visitors can use an electric wheelchair within the house or choose to explore the grounds with an electric scooter.
To learn more about this holiday home, visit http://www.montcuq.com/tourisme/tourism_sites/calvet/calvet_eng.htm

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4. WATERFORD, IRELAND LOWERED-FLOOR BUSES

Waterford, Ireland
recently joined the ranks of cities providing lowered-floor buses for their disabled riders. Bus Éireann (Ireland’s national bus system) supplied the city with 11 new vehicles equipped with an entrance ramp, front kneeling capacity and a wheelchair space.

Dublin, Ireland will host the 2003 Special Olympics in June, and Bus Éireann will help transport the 5,000 athletes and their families.

In 2000, Waterford opened its new bus station on Merchants Quay featuring accessible toilets.

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5. EL PASO, TEXAS AIRPORT

The El Paso Texas Airport
now has a unisex bathroom available for disabled travelers needing the assistance of a family member or personal care attendant. The new bathroom, located in the La Plazita shopping area of the airport terminal, features a large room with an accessible toilet and sink.

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6. NOOSA, QUEENSLAND

Sue Willis, of Sydney, Australia shares the joy, freedom, and access that her daughter, Joanna, experienced while on a resort holiday in Noosa Queensland. Experience an accessible paradise at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/noosaqueensland04.htm

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