GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME X, NUMBER 11-12, November-December 2009
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Welcome to the November-December 2009 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel tips and experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. COSTA RICA: LA FORTUNA
2. UNITED KINGDOM: PREMIER COTTAGES
3. BALI ACCESS TRAVEL
4. HOLLAND AMERICA: DISCRIMINATORY?
5. MOROCCO: HANDIOASIS
6. WHEELS TRAVELER
7. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND ‘09

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1. COSTA RICA: LA FORTUNA

La Fortuna in Costa Rica, near the Arenal Volcano, is now offering wheelchair accessible accommodations and tours of the rainforest, volcano and wildlife.  Check out their web site and write them to learn if La Fortuna fits your access requirements. http://www.fortunainn.com/index.html

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2. UNITED KINGDOM: PREMIER COTTAGES

Dan wrote to share news of the United Kingdom’s Premier Cottages, which offers 800 self-catering luxury cottages in the United Kingdom, including wheelchair accessible cottages for disabled travelers. Learn more at www.premiercottages.co.uk

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3. BALI ACCESS TRAVEL

Bali would never be considered an island of easy accessibility for disabled travelers, but Bali Access Travel is trying to improve that situation. They are now offering  wheelchair accessible accommodations, transportation, tours, equipment hire and licensed caregivers. Learn more at http://www.baliaccesstravel.com/

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4. HOLLAND AMERICA: DISCRIMINATORY?

Is it discriminatory for a cruise line like Holland America (HAL) to offer a discounted deal that isn't across the board so that it includes a disabled traveler’s needs? Yvette Sedlewicz recently sent Global Access News the following e-mail concerning her recent negotiations with Holland America. Yvette Sedlewicz writes:

Last week I received an e-mail sales from Holland America offering a third and fourth person in a room free.  My husband uses an electric wheelchair at home and a mobility scooter when out. He has advanced Parkinson's disease and is unable to walk unassisted. I requested a handicapped accessible stateroom and was told that only two people can stay in that type of room. I was told that I would need to purchase an additional room for the normally, "free third and fourth person." THAT IS DISCRIMINATORY. This is our fourth booking with HAL, our third to Alaska.  The agent who called me back aggressively tried to sell us another room. THAT IS DISCRIMINATORY.  I would appreciate your properly accommodating us, if necessary in two adjacent rooms, with the third and fourth persons 'free' as advertised. Yvette Sedlewicz

Holland America responded to her needs and Yvette shared the outcome with us in the following e-mail:

Instead of a stateroom with 4 people and a big window on the main deck, we’ll get two staterooms on the "dolphin" deck [as in swim with them]....one with a porthole and an interior....in any event it will be less like camping. Yvette Sedlewicz

Global Access News notes that sometimes it pays to be the “squeaky wheel.”

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5. MOROCCO: HANDIOASIS

Handioasis situated in Marrakech, Morocco, is now offering wheelchair accessible accommodations, transportation and tours of exotic shopping, souks, palaces and gardens of Marrakech, as well as excursions to the surrounding villages and sites. Learn more at http://www.handioasis.com/

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6. WHEELS TRAVELER

World on Wheels has recently been reactivated as a new blog spot, Wheels Traveler. Check out of the access insights of the father/son team of Darryl and Tim Musick as they visit wheelchair accessible sites in Munich, Germany and the French Riviera at http://wheelstraveler.blogspot.com/

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7. LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND ‘09

Syd and June Burns
discover the many joys of Liverpool, England on a weekend family outing. Share their photos and fun at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/Liverpool%20Burns%2009.htm

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