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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 on ENAT's 10th Anniversary

Photo of Anna Grazia Laura, ENAT President

Rome, 8 May 2018. Dear Friends, The 8th of May is a very important date for our Association! It marks ENAT’s tenth anniversary and I am particularly pleased to celebrate it with you all since I addressed my first message to ENAT Members, as the newly-elected President, exactly 5 years ago. It has been exciting to follow the development of our association in this 5-year period, as we succeeded in consolidating our major achievements of the early years and proceeded further towards the world vision of our network...
(Read the full text of the President's Message...)

Featured YouTube video by WAT Project / Costa Cruises and ENAT Member, AISM: Testing the Adagio Tours, April 2018


Read the Press Release for more information

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. 

Download the ENAT flyer. Versions in English, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish

News

New! 27/09/2018 Costa Cruises and AISM: Shore Excursions Now Accessible To Guests with Disabilities For The First Time

The new "Adagio Tours", available for Mediterranean cruises on the flagship Costa Diadema from January 2019, will also allow guests with impaired mobility to take part in group shore excursions at no extra cost. The programmes have been planned with the help of 15 women with multiple sclerosis, thanks to an initiative promoted by the Costa Crociere Foundation and AISM.

New! 27/09/2018 Open Letter From 20 Organisations to the EU Institutions: We Need a Strong European Accessibility Act and We Need It Now

The European Disability Forum and 19 other organisations demand that EU decision makers must deliver a strong and meaningful Act to protect the rights of people with disabilities as several Member States try to erase essential elements.

New! 26/09/2018 Helsinki and Lyon selected as 2019 European Capitals of Smart Tourism by European Jury

The European Commission announces two cities to hold the title of "European Capitals of Smart Tourism" in 2019 and recognises a further four cities for their outstanding achievements in: accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation and cultural heritage & creativity

26/08/2018 ELEVATOR Project - Press Release, 26 August 2018. Accessible Tourism Training in Europe

Ostrava, Czech Republic, 26 August 2018. Download our free reports. The EU funded Elevator Project, has run for 3 years and is now coming to an end. A key driver for the project was recognising that for people with disabilities to be able to participate in tourism, the tourism sector must have a good understanding of this growing market. In addition, the performance of well-trained professionals is fundamental when serving people with access requirements.

22/08/2018 Scandic hosting 300 wheelchair basketball players at one hotel

The Wheelchair Basketball World Championships are being held in Germany between August 16 and 26. Scandic Hamburg Emporio is the official team hotel thanks to its successful work to promote accessibility. Now, the hotel is hosting 300 wheelchair athletes, a unique clientele.

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Events

New! 20/10/2018 Rare & Roll - Access China and Culture Conference, Beijing

Beijing, China. 20.10.2018 The Rare n Roll project, in association with ENAT and supported by Booking Cares Fund holds its first conference, engaging with disabled people's organisations to promote accessible tourism for all.

New! 19/10/2018 Killarney To Launch Development Strategy To Become Ireland's Leading Accessible Tourism Destination

25 October 2018, Killarney, Ireland. Killarney Chamber is hosting an Open Business Meeting with Tourism Minister Brendon Griffin, updating the business community on work to date and plans for developing accessible tourism in Killarney over the coming years.

30/08/2018 Access Angels Half-Day Conference: Volunteers Supporting Accessible Tourism, Brussels 21 September 2018

Brussels 21 September 2018. A conference open to all, presenting the issues and outcomes of the EU-funded ERASMUS+ project on training volunteers to support visitors with access needs in rural tourism.

25/07/2018 Inclusion and Diversity: International Conference on Accessible Development, China

Beijing, China 15 October 2018. Tsinghua University hosts the 3rd Annual Conference of the Institute for Accessibility Development, featuring Accessible Tourism, with Guest Speaker, Ivor Ambrose, ENAT.

24/05/2018 ELEVATOR Project - Final Conference, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Ostrava, Czech Republic, Monday 18th June 2018. Presentations and discussions of the ELEVATOR project publications and results with tourism operators, public authorities and NGOs, addressing accessible tourism "state-of-the-field", professional training and tourist guiding and advice for business development.

24/05/2018 ENAT Annual General Assembly 2018 and Launch of the 'World Tourism for All Quality Programme', at VisitFlanders, Brussels

Brussels, Tuesday 26 June 2018. SAVE THE DATE. Meetings will be held at VisitFlanders, Grasmarkt 61, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

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