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Achievement Award For Philip

17 June 2013

Sutton Coldfield Student Impresses Disabled Travel Specialists

A university student from Sutton Coldfield has been presented with an outstanding achievement award for the work he has undertaken whilst on a work placement with disabled holidays specialist Enable Holidays of Erdington.

Twenty-year-old Philip Thebridge, who is studying for a BA (Honours) in Tourism with Marketing at the University of Chester, has a very keen interest in accessible travel and is passionate about reaching places that were once considered too ‘off track’ for disabled tourists. So when a placement opportunity came up as part of his university studies, he was over the moon to hear that specialist tour operator Enable Holidays had agreed to offer him a 6-week marketing project to ascertain the suitability of Kenya as an adventure holiday destination for people with limited mobility.

Philip’s work involved a great deal of market research, which he then had to interpret and analyse before producing a final report for presentation to the management of Enable Holidays.

Commenting on Philip’s time with her company, managing director Lynne Kirby said: ‘’ This is the first time we’ve been involved with a university placement, and to be honest we were a little unsure how it would go. But Philip set out his stall from the outset and quickly became a popular member of the team. Then to cap it all, he produced a feasibility study that was absolutely first class - and one which will definitely be used as we begin to add a new range of adventure-style holidays to our existing programme of over 200 holidays for disabled people.’’

When being presented with his award, Philip said: ‘’ I’d definitely like a career in accessible travel. This is partly because I have Cerebral Palsy and also because I feel everyone, regardless of disability, should be able to travel and do everything non-disabled people can do.

‘’ I am very grateful for the opportunity Enable Holidays have given me. I’ll certainly keep in touch with them as I believe the service they provide is absolutely brilliant and the office atmosphere is great!’’

Enable Holidays was the first UK tour operator to be accredited for its competence in auditing the accessibility and grading the suitability of accommodation abroad for people with mobility impairments. In addition to providing holidays for disabled travellers, Enable also caters for the elderly market, slow walkers and people looking for an easier way to get around and enjoy their holiday.


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