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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 New Year's Message 2019

Photo of Anna Grazia Laura, ENAT President

Rome, 31 January 2019. Dear Friends, First of all let me wish a Happy New Year to all our Members, partners and to anyone visiting our website! 2019 is going to mark a significant change in the way our organisation will be perceived all over the world.

Read the full text of the President's Message... (4 mins)

Featured video by ENAT Members, Martin Sibley and Catalunya Tourisme Accessible (2:52 minutes).
"My accessible adventures in Catalonia" (with subtitles and sign language)

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. 

Read: Your path to success! 10 great reasons to join ENAT.

News

15/09/2019 San Sebastian Wins UNWTO Award For Sustainability & Governance While Portugal Named Most Accessible Destination

St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 10 September 2019 – The Spanish city of San Sebastian was awarded the 2019 World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) prize for Public Policy and Governance at a ceremony attended by leaders of the global tourism sector.

14/09/2019 Eyemmersive™ - A Digital Market Place for Immersive Tourism. Please answer the survey.

Sunderland, 14 September 2019. How might Virtual Reality (VR) contribute to tourism and travel? As a part of Eyemmersive™ development, IT company Kerckhoffs (UK) is conducting market research on the potential of VR in the tourism sector. You are invited to take the survey.

28/07/2019 NEWSCAT Training Pack On Customised Accessible Tourism Now Available

Partners of the EU-funded ERASMUS+ project, NEWSCAT have curated a set of course materials aimed at increasing the knowledge, skills and competences of tourism professionals to cater for the diverse requirements of visitors with disabilities, seniors, families and others with specific access requirements.

28/07/2019 European Commission Access City Award 2020 Now Open For Applications

Nominate your city for the 10th Access City Award 2020. On 29 November 2019, the European Commission will reward the 10th winners of the Access City Award. Once again, cities will be rewarded for their outstanding work in making their cities more accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly people.

03/07/2019 Prime Minister's Tourism Sector Deal Commits to Make UK Most Accessible Destination for Disabled Visitors

27 June 2019. The Prime Minister has announced the UK’s first ever Tourism Sector Deal today, reaffirming the UK’s global role as a key player in the industry.

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Events

New! 29/09/2019 Accessible Tourism. An Invitation To The Cypriot Economy

3 October 2019, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol. Co-organised by Cyprus University of Technology and the Cyprus Paraplegics Organisation, under the auspices of the Deputy Minister of Tourism, this evening event will examine accessible tourism trends, challenges and opportunities for the Cypriot tourism sector.

10/09/2019 Annual Meeting of EU Accessible Cities (Access City Award Network), Breda, The Netherlands

20 September 2018, Breda, The Netherlands. Representatives from winning cities of the Access City Award (ACA) are meeting on 20 September in Breda, Netherlands to exchange best practices and provide mutual inspiration on accessible tourism. By invitation only.

29/08/2019 2019 International Forum for Community-Based Tourism, Jeju, Republic of Korea

20 to 21 September 2019, Jeju, S.Korea. The International Forum aims to focus on the global trend of spreading-out touristification all over the region without distinction of tourist attractions or non-tourist attractions.

11/06/2019 International Congress on Accessible Cruise Destinations, Valencia

2 to 3 December 2019, Valencia, Spain. The aim of the day-and-a-half congress is to promote the normalisation of accessibility in cruise tourism, focusing on the experiences at destinations of people with disabilities, with reduced mobility, families with young children, the elderly or people with accessibility needs in general.

10/06/2019 Accessible Tourism in the Arab Region Forum

24 June 2019, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt. Held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, The League of Arab States, the International Labour Organization, Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport and the Arab Tourism Organization, this one-day conference will examine the concept of 'Accessible Tourism' and present best practices in service delivery and capacity bulding, with the aim of establishing sustainable policies and strategies for the region.

01/06/2019 III International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, Málaga, Spain - Call for Papers

23 to 25 October 2019. Fundación ONCE is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the III International Congress Technology and Tourism for All will be held in Málaga, Spain, showing what technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for all people. Papers submission deadline extended until June 30th, 2019.

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