At the youth forum "Mashuk", which takes place in Pyatigorsk from August 9 to 30, the project "Accessible tourism" is presented, aimed at creating a program of tourist routes for people with disabilities. The author of the project is Saida Hajiyeva, a visually impaired person from Dagestan.
The project route covers the tourist destinations of the Caucasus - Derbent, Gunibsky district, Sulak canyon, Sary-Kum dune, Balkhar and Kubachi villages. Attendance at music and cultural events is also planned. For the convenience of travelers, it is planned to install special sensors and devices.
Saida Hajiyeva's project has already been supported by the Dagestani Ministries of Tourism, Labor and Youth, as well as the All-Russian Society of the Blind and the All-Russian Society of the Deaf of the Republic of Dagestan, the Center for Inclusive Tourism of St. Petersburg and several Dagestani travel companies.
Saida Hajiyeva came up with the idea to create tourist routes for people with disabilities when she had an internship at the Ministry of Tourism of Dagestan and visited many tourist sites of the Republic.
“I understood the problem from the inside - I myself had to face the difficulties of viewing some tourist places. I realized that people with disabilities travel little, since there are no appropriate conditions for them. This project will allow participants to better understand the world around them, get positive emotions, overcome internal and external barriers they face in communication,”Saida is sure.
The Affordable Tourism project is planned to be implemented from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Preliminarily, trainings for training volunteers will be held and agreements with tour operators will be concluded, and the trips themselves will be broadcast on social networks and on the official YouTube channel of the project.