Wheelchairs, walking sticks, crutches, and other physical and mental disabilities often get in the way of achieving your dreams. It is sometimes impossible to travel in foreign countries, see the people close to you, or make new relationships because the path is blocked. It is even more so when you do not have anyone to help you.
In the 21st century, the tourism industry is the fastest-developing economic sector. Specialists believe that the dynamically growing development of tourism in Georgia, and the world in general, will require thoughtful planning, constant system refinement to obtain visitors, and maintenance of a healthy environment. Of course, that also implies inclusive tourism, which means equal opportunities for free and safe movement and the use of tourist services for people with disabilities.
Significant steps have been taken toward protecting the rights of people with disabilities in Georgia, but work is ongoing within tourist infrastructure and services. New buildings, whether a residential home, hotel, or another type of infrastructure, should be planned and constructed with people with disabilities in mind. Universal design and access to the physical environment and tourist structures are some of the most important factors helping the social and economic development and stability of the country.
Some improvements in recent years:
Modern busses adapted for people with disabilities started running in the country’s big cities.
Recreational parks have been adapted
Monuments of Mtskheta, including Svetitskhoveli, Samtavro Monastery, Antioch Church, and Shiomgvime, have added ramps, mini-models were created for the blind, and an elevator installed at Svetitskhoveli
Tskaltubo central park and the Lake Tsivi surrounding area have been adapted
Both stations of Narikala have elevators
The funicular has an elevator in both stations
The Uplistsikhe Museum, Stalin Museum, Dadiani Palace, and the National Museum all have a ramp
The National Museum also has adapted public spaces and visiting is free of charge for all people with disabilities.
The private sector is also actively creating an equal environment for everyone. Winemaking is an area of special interest for many visitors, and nothing is preventing them from satisfying that interest. Shilda Winery, Telavi Marani, and Khareba Winery are all adapted for people with disabilities, along with Château Mukhrani, which is equipped with an elevator.
This is a small list of the advances that ensure equal conditions for everyone. For more details, please visit a tourist information center.