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Mahesh Sharma flags off Delhi sightseeing tour for Divyang kids on World Tourism Day

Updated: Sep 27, 2016 14:03 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept.27 (ANI): Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma flagged off a sightseeing tour of monuments and heritage places of Delhi for Divyang (challenged) children on the occasion of World Tourism Day here today.

Thirty-five Divyang students from Class 2nd to 6th of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya School for Divyang Children, Minto Road, New Delhi participated in the tour.

The theme for 2016 World Tourism Day is: Tourism for All !! - "Promoting Universal Accessibility"

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sharma said, "Accessible tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit of universal accessibility in tourism."

Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said, "On this year's World Tourism Day, help us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large."

Arun Srivastava, Regional Director (Northern India), Ministry of Tourism, said, "This unique opportunity will provide an opportunity to these Divyang students to take glimpse of important monuments and heritage of Delhi. This effort is also create awareness among all involved in the tourism industry in the country to remove all the barriers and provide accessible tourism opportunities to all." (ANI)