Individuals with reduced mobility will be able to plan their visits to Macao using a new Barrier Free Access Guide launched by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) in July. The guide is devised to foster inclusiveness in the Macao community and meets the Macao SAR Government’s objective of making the city’s urban environment optimised for greater accessibility.
MGTO commissioned the social service organisation Caritas Macau to conduct the “Consultancy Study on Accessible Tourism Facilities in Macao”. Caritas Macau inspected the sites of major attractions and evaluated the degree of accessibility of each, collecting data for the guide.
Inside the guide is pertinent information about nearly 150 tourist spots, including tourist attractions, ports of entry, convention and exhibition venues, shopping malls and hotels.
The guide provides information about where each tourist spot is, its opening hours and the forms of transport serving it, and information about elevators, toilets and other facilities at each place that people in wheelchairs can use. Additional assistance in the guide includes illustrations that enhance its helpfulness.
The guide’s design follows best web accessibility standards, allowing visually-impaired people to use third-party screen reading software to access its content. Videos with a narration help direct visitors around certain tourist spots, incorporating suggestions about the best routes for people in wheelchairs.
The Barrier Free Access Guide comes in four versions: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese and English.
MGTO is striving to make the urban environment more accessible to Macao residents and visitors, in line with the SAR Government’s vision of a barrier-free city. Efforts to improve the guide will continue to give a wider range of information useful to people with special needs.
For more details, visit https://www.macaotourism.gov.mo/en/barrier-free-access-guide.