Up, up and away with a new accessible tourism experience

People with mobility access requirements can now enjoy the freedom of flight with NSW’s first wheelchair accessible hot air balloon experience in the Hunter Valley.

Minister for Regional NSW Tara Moriarty said the balloon’s first official flight is a milestone moment for local accessibility and inclusion, which are critical components for responsible and sustainable tourism in the Hunter Valley.

“Planning and creating accessible tourism experiences like this one in the picturesque Hunter Valley has removed the barriers that prevented locals, families or visitors from enjoying the freedom of flight and will also help the local tourism industry become more sustainable,” Ms Moriarty said.
Minister for Disability Inclusion Kate Washington said the wheelchair accessible balloon basket is significant.

"As of today, it's up, up and away for everyone seeking a ballooning experience in the stunning Hunter Valley!"

“The NSW government is excited to be backing inclusive tourism initiatives like this, allowing people with disability to access adventures and seeing wheelchair accessible tourism taking off."

Parliamentary Secretary for Disability Inclusion Liesl Tesch said it was a proud moment to be part of the state’s first accessible balloon flight and understands how important it will be for locals and
visitors to the region, especially for those with disability.

“Dignified and equitable tourism experiences benefit the individual and also their support networks, who will now be able to share an unforgettable experience together, and that will go a long way in
making life more inclusive for people with disability in NSW,” Ms Tesch said.

“Too often, people with disability miss out on the joys of tourism and I am thrilled to see more equitable experiences across our regions.”

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