Welcoming the old and disabled to Penang


For the distant traveller, Penang is unique to the region. It is not like Phuket or Pulau Perhentian where sun, surf and sea are the attractions, or like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, where urban life pulsates late into the night. Penang is somewhere inbetween. It is a small city with some beaches and some shopping malls. What it offers are homeliness, good food, in-your-face history, and serenity for the soul. With proper planning, it can easily make tourists with disabilities feel welcome.

The close proximity of tourism sites and readily available food outlets make it a convenient and easy place for such visitors to experience Malaysian culture and cuisine without having to travel extensively, and at a relatively cheap cost.

Penang has also an array of international standard sports facilities that can cater for the games and sports activities of disabled persons. Its numerous hotels can cater for MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions & exhibitions), and there is also the possibility of linking accessible tourism to medical tourism and expanding it with new product development such as healthcare medical check-ups, and optical and dental services for the elderly.

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