Bliznec Forest Trail Example of good practice in the UNWTO book on accessible tourism
ZAGREB, May 30, 2021 – The recent UNWTO publication titled “Accessibility and Development of Inclusive Tourism in Natural Areas – Compendium of Best Practices” cites the Bliznec Forest Trail in Medvednica Natural Park as an example of accessible tourism in natural areas, the Croatian National Tourist Council (HTZ) reported.
This forest trail near the capital Zagreb is Croatia’s first educational trail fully adapted for people with disabilities.
HTZ Director Kristjan Staničić recently said that for over a year the HTZ, in cooperation with UNWTO and its Accessible Tourism Working Group, has been working on the Inclusive and Accessible Tourism Project.
“We are proud that Croatia has been added to this important publication on best practices in inclusive and accessible tourism in natural areas,” said Staničić.
The 800-meter-long Bliznec Trail, along the Bliznec Stream in Medvednica, is fully suitable for visitors with disabilities.
“In addition to being fully accessible to people in wheelchairs, and therefore families with small children, all texts are available in Braille so that the blind and visually impaired can read them. To prevent damage, Braille texts are placed in unique “forest books”. The trail is mostly made of wood and it blends well with its surroundings. It ends near the Bliznec sawmill where there is now a catering service, ”according to information provided on the Medvednica Natural Park website.
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