For a decade, Assoc Prof Trirat Jarutach has evaluated facilities for people with disabilities in tourist attractions across Thailand. The head of the Universal Design Research Unit of Chulalongkorn University found that only a handful of places can serve as role models for universal-design architecture.
“Universal design can benefit everyone, not only people with disabilities. It can benefit senior citizens, expectant mothers and toddlers,” he said.
Last September, the Thai government announced its plan to promote “Tourism For All”, which was last year’s theme for World Tourism Day.
In his keynote speech, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed that tourism is a “right for all”, and the government will prioritise the plan to increase freedom for people with disabilities.
Trirat spoke to the Bangkok Post about the need to push the concept of universal design more strongly.