Taiwan Tourism Bureau Launches Universal Design Contest

downloadI was thrilled to hear that in an effort to promote accessibility, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau recently announced a universal design contest aimed at their national scenic areas.

As of March 2018, the nation has become what they call “an aging society”, with 14 percent of the total population now over 65. In light of these shifting demographics the tourism bureau seeks to promote the inclusion of the “elderly” and disabled populations in recreational activities, through an improved infrastructure, and services in the travel industry. To that end they launched a universal design contest that they hope will help their 13 national scenic areas (much like our national parks) become more accessible.

The contest boasts a combined prize value of over $26,000, and it’s hoped that ideas garnered from the competition will help make the following national scenic areas more accessible to slow walkers and wheelchair-users.

  • Northeast Coast National Scenic Area
  • North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area
  • Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area
  • Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area
  • Alishan National Scenic Area
  • Siraya National Scenic Area
  • Southwest Coast National Scenic Area
  • Maolin National Scenic Area
  • Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area
  • East Rift Valley National Scenic Area
  • East Coast National Scenic Area
  • Penghu National Scenic Area
  • Matsu National Scenic Area

Submissions for the contest will be accepted through August 22, 2018; and it’s hoped that many of the ideas will be able to be implemented to make recreational activities at these national scenic areas more accessible to everyone.

Personally I think this is a great idea. I mean you have to start somewhere, and with the prize money offered hopefully a lot of folks will come forward with workable ideas. I think it’s also a great way for young designers with innovative ideas to get their foot in the door.

So look for Taiwan’s national scenic areas to become more accessible in the future!