Pantou.org - The European Accessible Tourism Directory
19/01/2014 | 0 comments
It presents suppliers of accessible tourism services in all European Union countries as well as agencies and operators outside Europe who specialise in Europe-inbound tourism.
- For suppliers - the registration form: pantou.org/register
- For visitors, tourists and suppliers wishing to browse the directory: pantou.org/services
- On Twitter: Pantou_tourism
- On Facebook: Facebook.com/pantouorg
- On Google+: +PantouOrg
- On LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/pantou
- To build up a comprehensive listing of suppliers who are providing services to enable "Tourism for All" in Europe.
- To promote accessible tourism suppliers in Europe.
- To contribute to the development of accessible tourism supply in all European Member States.
Pantou is the Greek word for "everywhere". The website presents an on-line register of tourism suppliers in Europe offering accessible services for guests with disabilities, seniors, families with small childrens... or any other specfic access needs.
This new online tool aims to build up a whole directory covering every kind of tourism service in all the EU-28 countries, as a service to National Tourist Boards and the public sector, professionals, NGOs, accessible tourism communities - and visitors.
Suppliers who are listed on Pantou provide a wide variety of tourism services, including accommodation, facilities, transport, tours, venues and attractions that are designed to be inclusive and accessible for people who have a disability, long-term health condition or other specific accessibility requirements.
To be listed with Pantou, tourism suppliers must indicate the type of services offered and the particular target groups they can serve.
Suppliers must also give a reference about the accessibility of their services. This reference may be either an accessibility information/auditing scheme or an access labelling scheme to which they belong.
Suppliers who are not members of an accessibility information scheme are required to complete a Pantou 'Access Statement' which describes the most important facts about their services.
Visitors will be able to search for suppliers and services using a simple or advanced search tool. While Pantou is in "beta" stage the search tools are still under development.
Supported by the European Commission
Pantou.org is supported by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry, Tourism and Cultural Instruments Unit under the tender agreement for the study, Mapping Accessible Tourism Services.
The information published on Pantou is subject to Terms and Conditions, as shown on the webpage.
Download the Press Release of 9 January 2014 from the right-hand panel in PDF format.
Image from the Pantou website showing recently registered suppliers (January 2014).