Accessible Tourism in Libya?


Well, not quite yet as far as our research has been able to document. That's not necessarily as bad as it may sound.

For a nation to offer a seamlessly positive tourist experience it must start with the will to do so, the cultural tradition of hospitality, and infrastructure development that implements Universal Design. Libya ranks well according to those criteria.

The International Exhibition for Libya's Infrastructure and Economic Development took place December 10 - 13, 2007 as part of Projex Libya at the Tripoli International fairgrounds. One site summarizes:

Tourism - huge potential

With nearly 2,000km of unspoilt coastline, spectacular desert and World Heritage Sites, Libya is becoming increasingly attractive and accessible for heritage, desert and resort tourism, as well as being a growing destination for the international business community. Tourism development is the first priority after the oil and infrastructure sectors and is dependent on good communications, transport and hotel facilities, all of which are featured in Libya’s infrastructure plans. Dramatic growth in hotel construction is forecast to increase the number of beds to 10,000 by 2010 as part of a US$7 billion tourist development plan.

Will that huge potential be guided by the principles of Universal Design? Only if experts in the Inclusive Destination Development network make themselves known in Libya and share their knowledge at this early design stage. We look forward to the challenge!

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