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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, July 2020

close-up photo of seagulls against a blue skyRome, 31 July 2020.

Dear Friends, At the end of June, for the first time in 12 years, we held our Annual General Assembly (AGA) online. We were all still haunted by the COVID 19 and the safety rules of many countries did not allow us to travel and to meet, as usual, in Brussels...

Read the full text of the President's Message... (3 mins)

Featured PODCAST with ENAT Member, Laurent Roffé of TAPOOZ Travel (52 minutes).
Image of Laurent Roffé, TAPOOZ TravelListen to this Podcast by No Barriers (USA), in conversation with ENAT member, Laurent Roffé on how he and his wife, Aïcha Nyström, developed their interest in accessible travel that became a travel company, TAPOOZ Travel, offering accessible trips for hundreds of clients, from individuals and families to small group travel.

Go to No Barriers Laurent Roffé podcast.

Read the No Barriers Transcript.

View the No Barriers podcast at the ENAT Forum page.

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

New! 05/08/2020 Apply for the EU Access City Award 2021

Applications for the 11th Access City Award competition are now open. EU cities have until 9 September 2020 to apply.

New! 05/08/2020 Lebanon in Crisis - ENAT Message of Support

5 August 2020. ENAT has had the pleasure of partnering with the Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities to support the development of accessible tourism in Lebanon through the development of accessibility guidelines, on-site assessments at tourist sites and policy work. At this very painful and anxious moment, with multiple crises overwhelming the country, we send our best wishes to all at LUPD and to the Lebanese people.

New! 03/08/2020 Safe, Responsible and Accessible: UNWTO, ONCE Foundation and ENAT Partner for Tourism for All

Madrid, 3 August 2020. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling on destinations to recognize the needs of travellers with disabilities or specific access requirements as they open up to visitors again. In partnership with the ONCE Foundation of Spain and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the United Nations specialized agency has released new guideline to ensure accessibility and inclusivity as the responsible restart of tourism gets underway.

02/07/2020 ENAT Membership Fees Waived. COVID-19 relief for small businesses and individual members

1/7/2020. At the ENAT Annual General Assembly held on 24 June, due to the severe financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector in all countries, the members unanimously decided that ENAT Annual Membership fees for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Individual Members are to be suspended for one year from 1st July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

21/05/2020 European Commission Guidelines Are Paving The Way To Recovery For The European Tourism Sector From The COVID-19 Crisis

The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, has issued the following statement on the European Commission’s guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond.

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Events

New! 06/08/2020 Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations: 2nd edition of the TUR4all Congress (Webinar series)

From 9th to 30th November 2020, a total of 20 webinars will be used to highlight the Autonomous Region of Valencia as an accessible destination and the Smart Tourism Destination (STD) model will be made available to Spain, Europe, and Latin America.

27/06/2020 Inclusion of Design for All in the University Degrees of Architecture and Civil Engineering

2 July 2020, 17.00 hours CEST. Online. Presentation of the results of the European Research Project EDUCA4ALL. We will learn about the results of the EDUCA4ALL project and enjoy a panel discussion which experts in University teaching from all over the world sharing their point of view regarding the implementation of universal accessibility in the curricular contents of the architecture and civil engineering studies in their universities.

08/06/2020 ENAT Annual General Assembly 2020 (Online)

24.6.2020. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on travel, the ENAT AGA will be held as an Online Meeting from 10:00 to 12:00 hours, Central Europe Summer Time.

16/05/2020 Inclusive Travel Masterclasses. Webinar series

May and June 2020. Making the world inclusive one step at the time, thanks to the experience of those people who are already doing it. The online Masterclasses provide easy to implement best practices in making places and activities more inclusive.

02/04/2020 Rehabilitation International World Congress 2021 (New date)

New date, due to Coronavirus: 7 to 9 September 2021, Aarhus, Denmark. The Rehabilitation International World Congress 2021 will focus on MOVING SOCIETIES. To develop your ideas or get further information please contact: worldcongress@riworldcongress2020.com

12/01/2020 Awards Ceremony, Accessible Tourism Destination (ATD2019) and Announcement of the ATD2020 Edition

The World Tourism Organization and Fundación ONCE join forces once again on the occasion of FITUR Spanish Tourism Fair, 22 January 2020, to spotlight good practices in accessible tourism from around the world.

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