25 Dec '11, 9pm

Make Singapore truly accessible to all tourists:

THE Memorandum of Understanding between "NATAS, TP to study needs of older travellers" (Dec 7) augurs well if the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic also focus on both the outbound and inbound travel markets. There is, indeed, "tremendous potential" in the silver travel industry, estimated to comprise 500 million baby-boomers globally, besides an increasing number of family holidays (with children, grandparents or expectant mothers). In addition, there are some 600 million to 859 million people with disabilities (400 million in Asia-Pacific), besides those with temporary disabilities. Americans with disabilities spend more than US$13.6 billion (S$17.6 billion) a year on accessible travel, while in Europe, it is estimated to be €80 billion (S$135.1 billion), and in Australia, A$1.5 billion (S$1.97 billion). Moreover, they travel in bigge...

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