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Global hotel booking website for disabled and non-disabled guests

AccessAllRooms.comis the world’s first multiple brand hotel booking website to supply reservations for disabled and non-disabled customers alike.

The website, which launched on 9 August, features the revolutionary Global Access Award Scheme (GAAS). GAAS is the first globally accessible online hotel rating system and operates like a hotel quality rating. It has five mobility grades. A hotel that achieves a level 5 rating will have excellent facilities including wider doors/corridors, accessible light switches, power sockets, alarms, hoists and a fully adapted bathroom. Lower grades imply narrower doors/corridors, fewer facilities and limited access but may still be suitable for many travellers.

AccessAllRooms.comand GAAS is the brainchild of managing director and 2012 Paralympic torch bearer, James Price. After breaking his neck in a diving accident in 1999, James became two-thirds paralysed, wheelchair dependent and suddenly fully aware of how difficult everyday tasks are such as booking a holiday.

The website is being supported by Pegasus Solutions which has provided with its UltraDirect Switch. UltraDirect provides hotel distributors access to guest room inventory directly from the central reservation systems of over 100,000 hotels in 200 countries. Tim Weeks, regional director of Pegasus Solutions said: “Pegasus recognises the value this initiative could bring to the market place and strongly encourages hotels to consider participation in the GAAS scheme.”

James Price, managing director of said: “After becoming wheelchair dependant I realised there was a lack of information and help for people like me and others with a limiting physical impairment. GAAS aims to encourage participating hotels to strive for higher access ratings and, as a result, improve access for everyone on a global scale.”

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