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N.O. BARRIER Project

28/09/2015 | 0 comments

No Barrier logoTHE PROJECT N.O. BARRIER, funded within the ETCP Programme Greece – Italy 2007 - 2013 Axis III Measure 3.3, has been created with the overall objective to increase accessible tourism in the Region of Publia (Italy) and Region of Western Greece and the Ionaian Islands (Greece).

More specifically, the project N.O. BARRIER is aimed at implementing a consistent set of interventions to reduce barriers that do not allow disabled people to fully enjoy territories, by acting both on physical-material barriers and on intangible barriers, namely all cultural and social hurdles turning disabled people away from tourist fruition: information, communication, services, etc.

Such overall objective is intended to be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  1. Implementing and promoting research/action interventions aimed at identifying and appraising national and international case histories and raising cultural-touristic operators' as well as local authorities' awareness as to the theme of accessibility;
  2. Developing and experimenting methods and tools to “certify” and make accessible places recognizable and more visible by creating a system of attribution of “labels”, shared with associations of disabled people;
  3. Proving that the removal of material and immaterial barriers is feasible and economically and socially cheap, as it is achieved through some structural interventions such as equipping a beach accessible, improving information services for disabled people, producing tools ("itineraries without barriers") and spreading them in order to promote accessible places;
  4. Creating a network of stable relationships between involved actors, with the aim to adopt methods and tools realized, by entering into follow-up agreements;
  5. Accelerating the process of "deseasonalization of touristic flows" in the field of socio-cultural tourism in order to optimize resources, increase competitiveness and profitability and create substantial conditions for new opportunities for all, by arranging tourist packages.
  6. It is evident that, through an innovative, multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach, the project tends to combine and involve the tourist and the social sectors in a close synergy, thus proposing an innovative view of economic development.


The project partners have produced numerous itineraries and information laeflets for vsistors with disabilties, avialable as free downloads in English and Italian. 

An app is also available, with information for travellers in the regions. 

Visit the N.O. Barrier project website



Province of Bari
Phone: +39 080 5412334


  • Province of Lecce
  • Region of Western Greece
  • Region of Ionian Islands
  • Municipality of Bari
  • IPRES Apulian Institute for Economic and Social Research
  • CIRPAS University of Bari “Aldo Moro”
  • Municipality of Nardò



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General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): N.O.Barrier Project
Language(s): EN
End Year: 2015
Acronym: NO Barrier
Countries: Greece | Italy


Publisher: Metropolitan City of Bari
Date published on the web: 01/09/2015

Target Group(s)

Consumers / travellers / tourists | Families with small children | Non-governmental organisations | Older people / Seniors | Organisations of disabled people | Organisations of older people | People with a service animal | People with disabilities | People with hearing impairments | People with learning difficulties | People with long-term health problems | People with mobility impairments | People with visual impairments | Policy makers /Decision makers / Government | Professionals and professional bodies | Public administrators / Authorities | Students


Accessibility information, access guides | Accommodation services | Age-related issues, (seniors) | Ancient monuments | Archaeology | Bus and coach transport, touring | Caf├ęs, restaurants, bars and pubs | Customer relations | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Festivals - music, dance | Food and drink | Heritage | Information and Communication Technologies | Location-based services | Management of tourist venues and attractions | Natural Phenomena | Nature holidays | Policy, legislation | Publishing | Religion | Special services for disabled visitors | Sports | Staff training | Standards | Transport services | Travel agents | Travel services | Walking and hiking | Young childrens' and families' holidays and services | Youth tourism