It's A Hat Trick - Business Excellence Award Shines Brightly for People With Disabilities
Updated: May 22, 2019
Great Ocean Stays won it's 3rd consecutive business excellence award at the Geelong Business Excellence Awards, cementing it as the exemplar tourism service in the State for inclusive holiday travel.
Great Ocean Stays is a mainstream tourism business, that is inclusive. Owner, Chris Smith, stresses that this is starkly different to the business being 'disability friendly' or 'wheelchair accessible"... "the business does not categorise. It is simply an inclusive tourism business where anyone can come and stay".
And gone are the days of 80's, half decent accommodation with a bathroom rail installed so as to advertise as 'accessible'. No. Accessibility to us means a stealthily accessible space, welcoming from the very first time a guest opens the door. And with a feel and asthetic that is pleasing, and not clinical.
Our mantra when first building our accessible range of holiday homes - that they offer contemporary modern appointments with the built in accessible features that are not only expected, but appreciated by all, including those with disabilities.
If you have ever traveled with a person who requires extra assistance, you will likely know all too well, that there is nothing quite so ostracising that being in a place that is clearly not 'built for you". We have changed that.