Cabo Verde: Room for Tourists with Disabilities?

"Morabeza" is the word in Cabo Verde that most closely matches the Hawai'ian spirit of "Aloha" -- laid back, genuine welcome and hospitality.

Dave Player has a hunch that morabeza and inclusive tourism make an attracive combination -- together with the beaches, trekking, and social life of Cabo Verde -- because, as Lonely Planet says,

The islands of the Cape Verde archipelago are windy, hilly and dry - almost lunar - and beyond that they're fairly sleepy. But there's beauty in them thar parched hills. And some of the islands are actually lush. There's good diving and hiking, lively nightlife and plenty of quiet corners to hide away in. Islanders mix up African, Portuguese, Mediterranean and Latin influences and come out with a flavour that's distinctly 'Cabo.' Package tourism has gained a foothold, but Cape Verde is still independent and unspoiled.

Dave pecializes in accessible tourism & real estate in Portugal and is in conversation with partners in the former Portguese colony of Cabo Verde about inclusive destination development projects there.

Dave is interested in corresponding about this project with others who are working in Universal Design, turismo para todos (tourism for all), and the various aspects of Inclusive Tourism Development.

He provides the following information about his current invlovements:

This is my Real Estate company where we provide wheelchair users with
services to find properties to purchase, construction services to adapt
or renovate properties and other property related services - project
management, property management, re-sale, etc.

This sector of my business is for "accessible tourism", where we provide
holiday facilities for clients in wheelchairs. The normal scenario is a
family looking to rent an apartment/villa and one of them is in a

This is an organization I'm involved with that sets up international
sporting events - sailing championships, scuba diving, fishing,

You may contact him at:

David Player
Wheeling Around The Algarve
Rua Casa do Povo 1
Apartado 3421
8135-905 Almancil
Algarve - Portugal

Tel: 00 351 289 393636
Fax: 00 351 289 397448

Further Information on Cabo Verde (Note that Cabo Verde is the only African nation on the Freedom House list of nations ranked "free."):

"Since 1978, Freedom House has published Freedom in the World, an annual comparative assessment of the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world," writes as they summarize the findings of "Freedom in the World, 2005."


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