Hong Kong is a popular tourist city in the world. There are millions of tourists visiting Hong Kong each year. With the ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Person with Disabilities, there is an increasing awareness that persons with disabilities can enjoy all human rights on an equal basis with others, including the right to travel around the world freely and independently with dignity and respect.
Availability of accessible facilities in Hong Kong has improved in the last decade as a result of Government’s legislation; advocacy and promotion of caring for people with mobility difficulties. However, public sources of information on accessible facilities in Hong Kong for persons with disabilities were inadequate. The Access Guide Book was first published in 1982 by a volunteer group. The latest update was made in 2004. In the Summer of 2009, an extensive study on the accessibility of tourists’ facilities in Hong Kong focusing on accommodation, dining out facilities, scenic spots and shopping arcades was undertaken by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, a non-profit NGO dedicated to serving people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Based on the findings in the survey, this “Visitors' Guide to Accessible Facilities in Hong Kong 2010” is compiled. The Project is sponsored by the Hong Kong SAR Government through the Rehabilitation Office of the Labour and Welfare Bureau.
The 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010) will be hosted in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation in June 2010. The theme of the Conference is “Sustainable Transport and Travel for All”. The launching of the new Visitors' Guide to Accessible Facilities in Hong Kong 2010 and the TRANSED 2010 Conference provides a good opportunity not only to arouse public awareness of accessible transport and tourism, but to promote Hong Kong as an accessible city for all.