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Welcome

Welcome to the Website of ENAT - the European Network for Accessible Tourism.

ENAT is a non-profit association for organisations that aim to be 'frontrunners' in the study, promotion and practice of accessible tourism. You may be an expert or new to the area - in either case you are welcome!

By leveraging the knowledge and experience of the network, our members are improving the accessibility of tourist information, transport, infrastructure, design and service for visitors with all kinds of access needs, providing models of excellence in accessible tourism for the whole of the tourism industry.

President's Message

"With its broad-based experience in the complex and challenging areas of accessible tourism, ENAT can support and provide advice on any major initiative in training and management, enabling destinations, tourism businesses and education organisations to meet the need for excellence in this area."    Annagrazia Laura, ENAT President, June 2013.

 (Read the full text of the President's Message...)

Join ENAT

ENAT Members can be found in more than 30 countries and 5 continents. Development activities are strong on many fronts such as destination management, marketing, transport, tour operations, education, training, standards and services. By joining ENAT, organisations can be assured of keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and helping to shape the future of accessible tourism in Europe and around the world. Investment in accessible tourism measures can bring high returns, also when the market in general is weakening.

If you are working in accessible tourism or want to be part of it, we warmly invite you to join ENAT. 

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News

New! 19/11/2014 Portugal Tourist Board and ENAT Sign Agreement for Developing Accessible Tourism

President of Turismo de Portugal, João Figueiredo Cotrim and Anna Grazia Laura, President of ENAT - The European Network for Accessible Tourism, have signed a Framework Agreement to help develop accessible tourism in Portugal as part of the Tourist Board’s plans for improving tourism accessibility during the coming years.

New! 17/11/2014 Scandic’s Accessibility Training Wins Two Awards for Best Interactive Training

Scandic’s accessibility training has won first prize for best interactive training at the Swedish Learning Awards 2014 and also took home silver in the British E-learning Awards.

New! 07/11/2014 Catalonia, Recognised for its Work Advocating Accessible Tourism

Catalonia has been recognised at London’s World Travel Market for its work advocating accessible tourism and has garnered First Prize in Europe’s CHARTS awards for its work fostering cultural and sustainable tourism. “The Way of Saint James for All” initiative was chosen from amongst 27 candidates from all over Europe as a benchmark of excellence and good practices in the field of cultural and sustainable tourism.

05/10/2014 SWISS: World’s First Certified “Allergy-friendly” Airline

SWISS is pleased to have earned the quality seal of approval from the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) by considering the needs of passengers who suffer from allergies.

03/10/2014 Special Issue: The Future of Accessible Tourism. Journal of Tourism Futures

This special issue is designed to examine the intersection of disability and tourism that has seen the development of the emerging field of Accessible Tourism. Abstracts are invited exploring current theoretical approaches, foundations and issues in the study of Accessible Tourism from a futures perspective.

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Events

New! 17/11/2014 UN Global Expo on South-South Development 2014 - Forum on Accessible Tourism (DSPD/UNDESA)

17 November 2014, Washington DC, USA. Tourism is a rapidly growing industry and has become one of the main income generators for many countries in the global South. Ensuring the sustainability of this growing source of income depends heavily on ensuring that its social and economic impact is both positive and inclusive. Greater attention to accessibility in the tourism industry is a major part of this impact.

New! 07/11/2014 Accessible Tourism in Europe and Portugal - Clues and Challenges

13 and 14 November 2014, Lisbon and Vilamoura, Portugal. As part of the Framework Agreement established between Turismo de Portugal and ENAT, three Technical Meetings will be held with tourist companies and public authorities in Lisbon and the Algarve, addressing the state-of-the-art in Accessible Tourism, examining Portuguese examples of good practice and defining lines of development for destinations and businesses.

New! 05/11/2014 1st Izmir EURO-MENA Accessible Tourism for All Forum and Expo 2014

Izmir-Cesme, Turkey, 28 to 30 November 2014. An international Forum under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Izmir regional authority and other major sponsors, with the collaboration of ENAT and ENAT-MENA Regional office.

New! 28/10/2014 First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe: Accessibility in Heritage Cities

San Marino, 19 to 20 November 2014. To promote the importance of universal accessibility in tourism, UNWTO and the Government of the Republic of San Marino will jointly organize the First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe. The Conference will be held in collaboration with Village for All (V4A) and the ONCE Foundation to advance the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

28/09/2014 Visit Amsterdam in January! Disabled Access Day 2015

16 to 19 January 2015. Amsterdam. Visit Amsterdam in January! During the weekend of Disabled Access Day in January we invite people from across the world to enjoy a special city break in Amsterdam. Amsterdam! For the weekend of January 16 to 19 2015, we offer a special city break that will focus on access for all. The package includes 3 hotel nights in an accessible and centrally located hotel, welcoming drinks in the Skybar, accessible transfers from the airport and a photography workshop and challenge. On Disabled Access Day, a fully accessible guided group tour is organized for everyone to join. For more details, rates and bookings (individuals or groups), click here: Disabled Access Day in Amsterdam.

21/09/2014 WTM London Seminar: "Preparing your Destination for the Accessible Tourism Market: Lessons from Research and Practice”

4 November 2014, London. Building on the experiences of three leading European accessible tourism destinations, NTO managers and tourism researchers will discuss business strategies and practical ways to serve this growing market. Moderated by the European Commission, this seminar will give WTM visitors the latest updates and present best practices that can benefit all destinations and businesses.

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