European Non-Governmental Organisations
Pantou.org - The European Accessible Tourism Directory
Pantou is the Greek word for Everywhere. This web service presents the Directory of suppliers of accessible tourism services in all European Union and Accession countries. It also includes suppliers such as travel agents and tour operators who provide accessible services for Europe-inbound customers. The Pantou Directory:
makes it easier for tourists with any kind of access needs to find what they are looking for when planning a visit; promotes European accessible tourism suppliers, showing places to go and things to do – in safety and with convenience and comfort. Until now it has been difficult for a visitor with access needs to find out about the availability of suitable suppliers across Europe. Pantou has been developed by ENAT, EWORX S.A. and VVA to meet the need for a reliable and comprehensive pan-European guide to all kinds of tourism services that are currently offered for this market segment.
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 service(s) offered and the particular target groups they can serve.
The Pantou Directory is supported by the European Commission, Directorate GROW (Tourism Unit).
The European Lotteries and the European Disability Forum, in line with the essential value of solidarity shared by both organisations and committed to advance with the aims and goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, agree to the following areas of cooperation: 1. Contribution to the employment of disabled persons. 2. Contribution to full integration of disabled persons in society outside of employment. 3. Awareness raising 4. Dissemination of best practices. This new website presents "Best Practices", some of which may eventually include tourism and travel subjects.
European Lift Association
ELA, the European Lift Association, represents the lifts, escalators and moving walks associations active in the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Area (EFTA), whether they are national associations or sector specific associations. ELA also represents their components manufacturers. Thanks to this very wide representation,
ELA has become the main communication vector of the lift, escalator and moving walkways industry to the European Commission, the European Parliament and a range of other institutions and organizations. Its aim is also to help the national associations in their dialogue with their respective governments.
Airports Council International - Europe
Airports Council International (ACI) is the only worldwide professional association of airport operators. ACI EUROPE represents some 400 airports in 45 European countries. Member airports handle 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe, welcoming over a billion passengers each year.
Information for Tourists with Disabilities on VisitEurope.com
The first port of call for many overseas visitors to Europe is VisitEurope.com, which provides authoritative tourist information from 38 European countries. These pages contain useful links to information and services for visitors with disabilities and others for whom access is an important factor, when planning their trip.
European Disability Forum - Forum Européen des Personnes Handicapées
EDF is a European umbrella organisation representing more than 50 million disabled people in Europe. Its mission is to ensure disabled citizens' full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in the European Union.
European Union of the Deaf
The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is a European non-profit making organisation whose membership comprises National Associations of Deaf people in Europe. Established in 1985, EUD is the only organisation representing the interests of Deaf Europeans at European Union level.