Visit Tampa Bay partners with TravelAbility, Wheel the World and others to expand its accessible travel initiatives

Ambassador Chelsea Bear at The Florida Aquarium

Tampa, FL (April 24, 2023) – Internationally recognized as an industry leader in accessible travel outreach and one of the first members to join Travelability’s Destination A11Y program, Visit Tampa Bay announces an expansion to its commitment with a new partnership with Wheel the World, the first of its kind in Florida.

“Through our efforts as the first destination in Florida to work with Wheel the World, our alliance with TravelAbility and many other initiatives, we are working diligently to showcase Tampa Bay as a welcoming destination for everyone,” says Santiago C. Corrada, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “While it’s great that we have received industry accolades, it is ultimately rewarding to work with our ambassadors and community stakeholders and partners, who we collaborate with daily, to help make our destination inclusive for all.”

Founded in Chile by two friends (Camilo Navarro and Alvaro Silberstein), Wheel the World is an online travel agency for people with disabilities to book accessible travel accommodations and experiences. With a brand purpose to make the world accessible and a belief that people with disabilities should experience the world like anyone else, Wheel the World has spent several months independently assessing the destination’s largest hotels and attractions to create detailed insights, comprehensive guides and specialized customer support throughout the entire travel experience.  

Expanding our role with TravelAbility, Visit Tampa Bay has been working diligently since January to survey its 750+ partners to gather as much information as possible about Tampa Bay’s accessibility efforts. The data collected from the survey will be added to that of other leading destinations to provide insights and actionable items for the hospitality industry everywhere.  

Following on the success of its Riverwalk Attraction Pass, Visit Tampa Bay has also introduced an Accessible Tampa Riverwalk Pass. Available online at visittampabay.com/accessible-travel/tampa-riverwalk-pass, the one and three-day passes feature experiences for people of all abilities to enjoy adventure, culture and history in Tampa. 

For more information about Visit Tampa Bay’s accessibility efforts, visit:


The heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast beats in Tampa Bay. Visit Tampa Bay encourages adventurous travelers to unlock sun, fun and culture in Florida’s most diverse travel destination. As a not-for-profit corporation certified by Destinations International’s Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP), we work with hundreds of partners to tell the world the story of Tampa Bay. Treasure awaits.