Barrier freedom and accessibility are important aspects for many individuals. How much thought is currently being given to the importance of accessibility in the MICE industry?
Inclusion should be a key aspect whenever an event is being planned; barrier freedom, after all, means much more than a level entrance to a venue or location. The availability of comprehensive service offers and advance information as well as suitable event promotion are of equal importance when organising a barrier-free event.
Easy arrival and departure by road, rail or air are as important as having green spaces available nearby for guide dogs, ample wheelchair space in halls and auditoriums, and sign language interpreters on hand when needed, for example.
With its many benefits, such as its compact size, convenient traffic and transport connections and diversified event infrastructure, Frankfurt is well capable of satisfying the many different requirements of handicapped event participants. In fact, the city is known to be very accommodating when it comes to serving the needs of disabled persons. It has, for example, been hosting “SightCity” – a trade show presenting the latest assistive devices for the blind and vision-impaired – since 2003.
The many proprietary fairs of Messe Frankfurt are of course all well equipped to meeting accessibility requirements. For example, persons accompanying holders of disability passes with the letter “B” written on the front are granted free entry to the fairgrounds, while wheelchairs and scooters are freely available for a security deposit of fifty euro.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of Frankfurt hotels offer wheelchair-accessible rooms to handicapped guests, the leading hotel being the MOXY Frankfurt East with 20 such specially designed guest-rooms.
Frankfurt also has countless recreational opportunities for guests with physical or cognitive constraints. Almost all of our city tours are stepless, and there’s also a special tour entitled “Feeling Frankfurt” for blind and vision-impaired guests. This tour lets participants experience the metropolis on the River Main with their other senses. Lastly, it’s also possible to book a sign language interpreter for persons with hearing disabilities, if so required.
The vast majority of Frankfurt’s sightseeing attractions are easily accessible to handicapped persons. Many institutions also feature special offers for the disabled. The Historical Museum Frankfurt is particularly recommendable, having been recently renovated and reopened with special emphasis on inclusion and accessibility.