People with different abilities and older persons are now becoming a growing group of consumers of travel, sports and other leisure-oriented products and services. In an effort to tap the potential of this group for promotion of tourist destinations in the country, the Ministry of Tourism has taken an initiative to make tourist destinations barrier-free. Guidelines have been issued for making the tourist-facilities which are being created with central financial assistance, barrier-free. The Ministry has also instituted a new category of Award of Excellence for Most Barrier-Free Monument/Tourist Attraction in the country to encourage other agencies responsible for maintaining monuments/tourist attractions to create barrier-free environment for the promotion of accessible tourism. The condition of making the hotels accessible for people with different abilities has been included in the guidelines for approval and classification of 4 and 5 star category hotels.