GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME VI, NUMBER 10, October 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 on this E-Zine. Websites and e-mail addresses, however, change frequently, so changes may have occurred after that date.

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Welcome to the October 2005 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.
 
CONTENTS
 
1. ARGENTINA: DECTHIRD
2. WARNING ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS THAILAND!
3. ACCESSIBLE CANADIAN ADVENTURES
4. NEW LAS VEGAS ACCESS PAGE
5. CARIBBEAN ACCESS
6. NYC ACCESS SOURCES
7. FRANCE: ACCESSIBLE TOURS & TRANSPORTATION
 
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1. ARGENTINA: DECTHIRD PROMOTES ACCESS

 
Thanks to Marcelo de Arrechea, Director of Decthird, a company specializing exclusively in accessible tourism in Argentina, for writing us about his service that is actively involved in determining accessibility of lodging, transportation and excursions there. Decthird provides customized packages for disabled visitors seeking city life, rest in estancias, winter or summer sports, or nature excursions.
 
The site is available in both Spanish and English. Learn more at http://www.decthird.com

Marcelo de Arrechea, Director
Ladislao Martinez 1066 (B1640EZP) Martinez
Pcia. Bs. As. Argentina
Cellular: (15) 4182 - 5469
 
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2. WARNING ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS THAILAND

 

Ingrid Leroy, of Belgium, wrote to inform Global Access News  about her familyís recent negative experience with Adventure Holidays Thailand.
 
Ingridís comments appear below:
 
Hello: Last Christmas we booked a trip to Malaysia with our family (two adults, one of them is a paraplegic and 2 teenagers) with this agency: http://www.adventure-holidays-thailand.com/

We paid everything in advance, and a few days before we should leave we got a letter in the mail. The owners of the agency (Tom Grant) did not give any explanation. We took contact with Malaysia and they told us (on telephone) that Tom Grant cancelled the whole trip due to health reasons of the paraplegic person! There was not any health problem with us, so he lied!
 
We had to cancel the flight tickets (booked in Belgium) because we paid already everything to Tom and he canceled all the hotels in Malaysia. We were totally disappointed and stayed at home.
 
Tom Grant promised us several times to pay us back all the money (more than 7.000 US$). Now, it is already September and still he didnít pay back one cent!

The year before (2003) we booked a trip with him to Thailand, and then everything was OK, so we trusted him and paid all the money for the Malaysian trip before we left. This person is unreliable, and we would warn other disabled travellers not to book a trip to Thailand or Asia with this agency and this person Tom Grant. He says he is bankrupt, but he is still advertising and we really want to warn other disabled travellers!
Of course, we also send this story to the Thai authorities!

Thanks for your help,
Lieven Vandoorne & Ingrid Leroy
 
Tom Grant's letter to Ingrid and Lieven follows:
 
Hi Ingrid & Lieven:
I am so very sorry but I must cancel your trip. Malaysia have not been honest with me about certain things and we cannot go ahead. So sorry I will refund all you money at the end of the year.
Regards,
Tom

Editorís note: When booking travel on-line travel, use extreme caution. Try to learn as much as possible about an agencyís background and seek testimonials from previous disabled customers of theirs who share their candid experiences of an agency. Be sure to clearly state your access needs and ask specific questions before booking. Global Access has removed a link to this site until further notice.

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3. ACCESSIBLE CANADIAN ADVENTURES
 

Thanks to Wylie Harvey for sharing his new web site, Accessible Canadian Adventures (ACA), which coordinates and arranges hunting and fishing adventures specifically for sportsmen and women with physical disabilities anywhere in Canada.
 
His services cover the west from British Columbia, east to Newfoundland and Labrador and into the North West Territories. Learn more about their outdoor options at http://www.acadventures.ca/

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4. NEW LAS VEGAS ACCESS PAGE

 
Mark Benjamin recently wrote to share the information on his Las Vegas access page that provides good access knowledge on many of the most popular hotels there. Check it out at http://www.lasvegashotelaccommodations.com/handicap_disability_access.html

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5. CARIBBEAN ACCESS
 

If a Caribbean island holiday fills your dreams, donít miss the excellent article that recently appeared on MSNBC that details the new access features on St. Johnís, Puerto Rico and Aruba. This link may not be available for long, so check it out soon at
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9531906/

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6. NYC ACCESS SOURCES
 

Global Access News receives so many requests about access in New York City that Iím providing the following ink to a site offering a good starting point for travelers researching a trip to that city. http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=174

Our Travel Archives also offers first-hand trip reports on the Big Apple. Check them out at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/otherdestinations.html

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7. PARIS ON WHEELS
 
Derek Guzman, of Paris on Wheels, who sent us the information on his travel services last month, sent along the link to his new web site at http://parisonwheels.tripod.com/

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