Mérida, Yucatán — The tourism industry in Yucatán is showing signs of being more welcoming to tourists who are hearing impaired.
Thirty-eight people, including tourism students from the Universidad Tecnológica del Sur, travel agents, tourist guides and entrepreneurs, received diplomas for completing sign language classes aimed at reaching visitors.
At a ceremony at Canaco’s headquarters, Jorge Romero Herrera, a state tourism official, congratulated the graduates.
Thanking the university for grooming generations of tourism professionals, he urged the administration to integrate sign language into its curriculum.
For his part, Juan José Abraham Dáguer, head of the business chamber, said that working together is the way to generate change.
But, he added, there is still work to be done, and schools should continue training to accommodate other disabilities.
Limber Sosa Lara, head of the DIF, called inclusive tourism a smart strategy, since tourism is one of the state’s economic engines.
Addressing tourists with impaired eyesight is the next challenge for the industry, she said.