Barrier-free Travel in Germany Highlighted During Paralympics

Barrier-free Travel in Germany Highlighted During Paralympics

Germany is open to all and is a cosmopolitan and hospitable travel destination that welcomes everyone, able bodied and disabled visitors, from all walks of life, whatever the reason for their visit. That was the message given by the German National Tourist Board, the strategic partner of the German House in London during the Paralympics.

German House London

Meeting guests at German House London were (front row): Gold Medal Winner Kirsten Bruhn (swimming); Sandra Mikolaschek (wheelchair table tennis); and Andreas Schneider, Parapictures Film Productions; (back row): members of the pop group Klee, with Hendrik Flügge, Parapictures Film Productions; Ludger Elling, Vice President of Education, National Paralympic Committee in Germany; Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor United Nations; Norbert Tödter, Director Strategic Planning and Development, German National Tourist Board; and Klaus Lohmann, Director, German National Tourist Office for UK and Ireland.

Guests at the event were given an exclusive preview of ‘Gold’ – a new documentary to be released in 2013 by Parapictures Films, which tells the story of three outstanding Paralympic athletes who have steered their lives from tragedy to triumph.

The German Ambassador, His Excellency Ambassador Boomgaarden, introduced Paralympic stars Gold Medal Winner Kirsten Bruhn (swimming) and Sandra Mikolaschek (wheelchair table tennis), who talked to guests about their experiences as Paralympic athletes.

Klaus Lohmann, German National Tourist Office Director UK & Ireland, said: “The message from these Olympics is that sport doesn’t accept a ‘no’ and the message to all visitors to Germany is a ‘yes’. The achievements of the athletes and the experiences we have witnessed today in the film ‘Gold’ have set new standards in courage and achievement, not just in sport, but in life. They are role models for all of us. That is why the GNTB is committed to setting new ‘Gold’ standards in ‘barrier-free‘ travel in Germany and which has been inspired by everyone who has taken part in the Paralympics.”

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

More in News

Shannon’s Place in National Aviation Reflected in 2019 Awards Wins

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Cork Airport Celebrates Summer Season With Goody Bags

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Hertz Takes Home Top Honours in 2019 Trazees Awards

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Irish Ferries Family Holidays to Alton Towers & CBeebies Land

Neil SteedmanJuly 17, 2019

Visit California Summer Roadshow Comes to Dublin

Ian BloomfieldJuly 16, 2019

Blackpool Launches a £100,000 Design Competition

Michael FloodJuly 15, 2019

CAR Issues November Licence Round Timetable

Neil SteedmanJuly 15, 2019

Orlando Announces Record 75 Million Visitors

Michael FloodJuly 12, 2019

Ireland Voted ‘Best European Destination’ for Groups

Michael FloodJuly 12, 2019

Copyright © 2019 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland