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TV Host Sophie Morgan Lists Wheelchair Accessible Home On Airbnb

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Disability advocate and TV presenter, Sophie Morgan, is one of the hundreds of hosts who has listed her home on Airbnb’s newly-launched Adapted Category.
The online rental platform’s new section of its site offers more than 1,000 homes that are accessible for people with disabilities. Each property is guaranteed to have ‘verified step-free paths into the home, bedroom and bathroom’, as well as additional accessibility features.
Sophie’s one-bedroom London apartment is located on the Thames Path with views of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Canary Wharf. The property, which is available to rent whenever she is away travelling, is listed with photos of the accessibility features, including step-free access to the entrances and a step-free shower.
‘I’ve been a wheelchair user for about 19 years now. The world isn’t designed for people with disabilities, but travelling is 100 per cent still worth it,’ says Sophie, who is known for being a presenter of the Paralympic Games, leading groundbreaking documentaries such as Dispatches, fronting her own Channel 4 series Living Wild: How To Change Your Life, and joining ITV’s Loose Women as a guest panellist.
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Sophie has gone one step further with her home so it’s completely accessible for her needs while also being beautiful and modern.
We love the blue kitchen cabinets contrasted with the light grey cupboards, crisp white walls and wooden flooring. Features include a combi oven microwave, induction hob, adapted shelves, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, work station, and a sink with boiling water and a filtered water tap, with space underneath for wheelchair users.
The open plan living room has a raised burnt orange velvet Loaf sofa and raised plug sockets. While in the bathroom, the accessible wetroom has grab rails throughout, plus a foldable shower seat, bi-fold shower door and large corner bath with grab rails.

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Sophie, who released her debut book, Driving Forwards, in 2022, said: ‘One of my favourite things about my home is my accessible bathroom as it’s so gorgeous yet practical. This is part of the reason why I wanted to become an Airbnb Host as I want to share that bathroom with other wheelchair users.
‘Inclusion when you travel impacts how you feel on another level. I’ve worked really hard to make my home accessible for me, and I know that it would also be great for so many other people — especially those with disabilities — so I really want to share it. Hosting on Airbnb is also a great way to earn some extra money while I’m on holiday or away for work.’

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To encourage others to make their homes more accessible, Sophie has shared three tips on how to do this:

Communicate well with your guests and be open to answering specific questions about your place.
Share as many photographs as you can of the space, including detailed descriptions of accessibility features.
Provide additional information about the location of your listing, like recommendations for accessible restaurants and attractions in the area. All this information makes a world of difference.

Amanda Cupples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, comments: ‘We are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities and other accessibility needs to travel freely. The launch of the new Adapted Category on Airbnb is another step in our mission to inspire guests with mobility needs to travel, and easily find and book incredible spaces, just like Sophie’s home in London.’

Sophie Morgan in her London home

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Check out this wish list of homes from around the world in Airbnb’s new Adapted Category, and you can check availability for Sophie’s London home here.
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Sales and Marketing Director (EMEA) – London

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We are working closely with a leading international publisher of licensed children’s books to recruit an experienced Sales and Marketing Director for EMEA. This is an integral leadership role responsible for some of the world’s most recognisable and prestigious book brands.
What it takes:

A demonstrable track record of building both sales and margin growth, with a commercially minded approach
Experience in successfully managing and motivating teams located across international borders
Extensive knowledge and understanding of the co-edition and rights markets in licensed and/or children’s publishing
A complete understanding, beyond sales headlines, of margins, cost management and budgeting
Being capable of creating and executing sales and marketing strategies
Thriving in fast-paced work environments and being able to manage multiple high priority projects simultaneously
A strong leading voice across sales strategy, market development and marketing activities
An agile and strong communicator both internally and with licensors
Extensive EMEA or directly relevant experience

The right person is comfortable as a leader, with commercial experience managing a team to deliver successful business units, going beyond just a ‘sales department’.
With flexible working options, a very competitive salary and bonus structure, this role offers incredible opportunities for an ambitious and proven sales leader.
At Wonderful Recruitment we provide opportunities for candidates to discover some of the most interesting and dynamic roles in the entertainment industry. For more information about this role please send your CV and salary expectations to Dean@wonderfulideasproject.com and Dan@wonderfulideasproject.com.
 

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Paris, Madrid, Barcelona among candidate cities to host ICE from 2025 – IAG

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Clarion Gaming, organizer of ICE London, says it has narrowed the shortlist of potential future hosts of the hugely popular industry trade show to four European cities, with its current London home joined by Barcelona and Madrid in Spain as well as Paris, France.
The decision to explore a potential move comes amid pressure from some industry representatives, with Clarion working alongside specialist consultants Equimore to establish the finalist shortlist. The successful candidate will be announced in 3Q23 following a competitive bidding process and will host ICE for a period of five years between 2025 and 2029.
“This robust process is customer-centric and the decision will be taken in the best interests of our stakeholders and of the global gaming industry,” said Alex Pratt, Group Managing Director of Clarion Gaming.
“iGB Affiliate London is very much part of the process and we are engaging with iGB Affiliate stakeholders in order to identify their preferred strategic path.
“The four short-listed cities will progress through a selection process with the help of the experienced and knowledgeable team at Equimore which is overseeing every aspect of what is a robust program.
“In addition to the suitability of locations in terms of capacity, facilities and the ability to accommodate projected future growth the process also encompasses dateline availability, transport connectivity with the rest of the world as well as the broader hospitality infrastructure including accommodation costs.
“By pursuing all due diligence we will identify the city that’s best equipped to not only host an event which continues to play such a central role in helping to create opportunity and prosperity for gaming businesses of all sizes, across every vertical and in every global jurisdiction, but also demonstrate its leadership in the sector.
“In the interests of transparency Clarion will not be making any further comment during the official process.”

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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
IAG will have a team of four at ICE London next week. Visit us at Stand ND7-C.

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