Bruce Cameron & Simon Darcy Top 10 destinations for people with disabilities in the world

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Tourism operators worldwide have begun catering for an increasing group of travellers, those with disabilities and the ageing, and many Australians have taken the lead. 

There's no denying Australians love to travel but for some it can be more of a challenge than for others. 

Tourism facilities for people with disabilities have improved greatly over the past decade or so, but with an ageing population it's becoming more important than ever. 

Bruce Cameron, from Easy Access Australia, says people with disabilities can feel enormous anxiety before going on a holiday somewhere new. 

"It can be hard to get information and when you do, you don't always know if it's correct,'' he says. 

Tourism researcher Simon Darcy, Associate Professor at UTS Business School, says it is a great opportunity for Australian tourism operators to position themselves for a competitive advantage. 

"If they really want to cater for accessible tourism, they need to design products that are of an equal experience rather than a second-rate experience,'' he says. 

"Sometimes you pay $500 a night for an accessible room only to look at the back laneway when everyone else is looking at Sydney Harbour. Some hotels complain the accessible rooms don't get used very much but when we look at them we think 'no wonder'.'' 

Here are some destinations that have made steps in the right direction:

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