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Wheel the World launches new website featuring industry-first accessibility mapping system for travelers with disabilities

Wheel the World, a leading online travel booking platform for people with disabilities and seniors, has launched its new website GoWheeltheWorld.com, furthering the company’s mission to make the world more accessible. The innovative online travel marketplace offers places to stay, things to do, and multi-day tours in more than 50 destinations around the world while providing highly detailed information about accessibility that allows travelers to make informed choices about how and where they can travel with ease.

Through the new site, users can create custom accessibility profiles allowing Wheel the World to recommend listings that are compatible with their travel aspirations and personal accessibility needs. Data collected through the company’s crowd-sourced Accessibility Mapping System (AMS) informs travelers with details such as staff training, wheelchair accessibility, transportation specifics, braille signage availability, adaptive equipment requirements, building access, bed height, and room measurements.

The redesign of our website features a user experience focused on our travelers’ needs and expanded information to empower seniors and people with disabilities to travel with confidence,” Wheel the World co-founder and CEO Alvaro Silberstein said. “Accurate accessibility information and customer support representatives who understand the needs of this community are key to breaking down barriers to travel.

Using Wheel the World’s mobile app, a network of “mappers” around the world collect and submit information on more than 200 data points to inform site listings for accommodations, tours, attractions, and activities. It is already the most comprehensive database of its kind, and Wheel the World mappers add attractions, experiences, places to stay, and more on a continuous basis.

Thanks to our volunteer mappers, we have the most thorough and up-to-date accessibility information of any online travel site. Having this information so readily available is a game changer for travelers with disabilities. What might have taken them hours to research in the past, can now take just minutes,” Wheel the World co-founder and COO Camilo Navarro said.

The inclusive company continues to expand its offerings in an effort to connect the more than one billion people with disabilities around the world with unforgettable travel experiences. Hotel and rental properties, tour operators, and attractions may submit their accessibility information via the website or mobile app to become Wheel the World Certified Partners.

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