Martin Heng

Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Adviser, Lonely Planet
Melbourne, Australia

Martin Heng is Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Adviser for Lonely Planet. Born in the UK, Martin gained a BA and MA in English literature from Cambridge University before embarking on a career as an editor in 1985. He recently completed an MA in Communications at RMIT University in Melbourne. He left England in 1987 and lived, worked and travelled on four continents before migrating to Australia to start a family. He has worked for Lonely Planet since 1999 in numerous roles, including seven years as Editorial Manager, when he was responsible for the production of all Lonely Planet books. A road accident in 2010 left him a quadriplegic. He is currently Lonely Planet’s Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Adviser, a role he has held since 2013.

In his current role as Lonely Planet’s Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Adviser, he has published a number of accessible travel titles, including a guide to Rio de Janeiro that was supplied to all athletes participating in the 2016 Paralympics. He also maintains the world’s largest collection of Accessible Travel Online Resources, now in its third edition, which was featured in the UNWTO’s Good Practice in the Accessible Tourism Supply Chain. His most recent publication is an Accessible Travel Phrasebook, featuring disability-specific words and phrases in 35 languages.