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Welcome to the Website of ENAT - the European Network for Accessible Tourism.

ENAT was founded in January 2006 by nine sponsoring organisations who wanted to create a membership network for all those ‘who support or want to know more about accessible tourism in Europe’.

Through our network we aim to help the tourism industry overcome the many barriers facing tourists who have greater or smaller access needs: lack of information, transport difficulties, architectural barriers and inadequate service standards.

President's Message

Lilian Müller, ENAT President

Photo of ENAT President, Lilian MüllerEnabling access to tourism is our priority. First, some facts and figures. As a population we're both ageing rapidly and travelling more: older people who still want and are able to travel will soon make up 25% of the European population. Add to this the 50 million people with disabilities in Europe who want to holiday with family and friends, and we find that as many as 130 million people in Europe alone will benefit from improved access to travel and tourism services. Accessible tourism is not a niche market; it's a demographic explosion and we will all feel the effects. We have to improve access now.

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


On 1st May 2008, the ENAT network included over 450 members in 54 countries and 5 continents. 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.
We warmly invite you to join ENAT.

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New! 21/11/2008 INTERREG IVc 2nd Call for Proposals. ENAT Offers Project Support

The INTERREG IVc programme on innovation and environment targets the transnational exchange of experience and good practice between public sector organisations working at municipal, provincial and regional levels in the EU Member States. With the 2nd Call for proposals now open, ENAT is keen to support public authorities in their bids to design and implement transnational projects where accessible tourism is in focus.

29/10/2008 ENAT Proposes CEN Workshop Agreement on Accessible Transport and Tourism Services

ENAT is putting forward plans to develop a 'Consensus Document' of specifications for accessible transport and tourism services for disabled people. The proposal aims to bring together industry, public authorities, disability NGOs and consumer organisations under the auspices of a CEN Workshop Agreement to identify good practices and agree on a set of basic guidelines. A draft document describing the planned 14-month workshop and how to participate is now available for downloading. Interested organisations are invited to provide their comments on this draft by 30th November 2008.

29/10/2008 Progress on Accessible Tourism in India

Physically challenged and elderly persons might soon find it easier to access tourist destinations in India as the Government intends to make them barrier-free for the benefit of this section of tourists. The Indian Tourism Ministry has made it mandatory that all tourist facilities, which are being created with Central Government financial assistance, should be barrier-free, the tourism secretary, Mr Shilabhadra Banerjee, said on 24 October at a Training Workshop for Government managers and engineers.

18/10/2008 Rough Guide to Accessible Britain: Write and Win Competition

Rough Guides provide travellers with pocket-book information from shoestring to luxury and cover more than 200 destinations around the globe. Rough Guides and Motability have joined forces to produce an inspiring new Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. Everyone is now invited to send their review of a favourite attraction for the next edition. The competition ends on 7th November 2008.

17/10/2008 UK Cruise Holiday Agents Could Get Disability Advice Service

A network of independent travel agents to drive cruise holiday sales and specialist service to disabled travellers could soon be a reality. 'Leading Cruise Agents' is to discuss the possibility following a debate by cruise lines on how to tap into a market of 2.5 million registered disabled travellers in the UK.

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New! 29/11/2008 ENTER2009@Amsterdam Conference, IFITT

Amsterdam, 28-30 January 2009. ENTER2009@Amsterdam will be the 16th ENTER Conference bringing together international experts in all aspects of Information and Communication Technologies in Travel and Tourism - the technologies which are changing our world! ENAT members will be speaking in the session, "Accessible eTourism Design".

17/11/2008 ENAT International Congress 2009, Vienna, Austria. Early Announcement

30 September - 1 October 2009. Mark the dates of the ENAT International Congress 2009, which will take place at the Austria Center, Vienna. The Congress is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, and is organised by the ENAT National Coordinator for Austria, IBFT. An Open Call for Papers, Workshops and Exhibits will be published on the ENAT website in January.

10/11/2008 EURO ACCESS Project Final Workshop

3 December 2008, Brussels. The project Euro Access will hold its final workshop, where the partners will present their work and the conclusions of the project on the accessibility of public transport in Europe for people with disabilities.

07/11/2008 Accessibility Chain - Services and Design as a Corner Stone for Welcoming Policies

3 December 2008, Turin. The CPD – Consults for People in Difficulty - is pleased to invite you to this International Conference in celebration of the International Day for Disabled People 2008. The conference will examine the concepts of accessibility and tourism: designing and creating hospitable structures, giving information to tour operators for promoting accessible services, disseminating welcoming policies and European projects, fulfilling the needs of all tourists, including disabled people.

03/11/2008 First International Conference "Accessible Tourism for All", Belgrade

13-14 December 2008. Belgrade. The First International Conference on "Accessible Tourism for All" to be held in Serbia will take place in Belgrade, supported by the Ministry of Economy and Development, the National Tourist Organization of Serbia, the Tourist Organization of Belgrade and the Congress Bureau of Serbia.

03/11/2008 European Day of People with Disabilities Conference

1-2 December 2008, Brussels. To mark the European Day of People with Disabilities, the European Commission organises a policy conference in the first week of December each year, in close cooperation with the European Disability Forum (EDF). This year's theme is, "Acting Locally for a Society for All". The Conference will focus on how EU action/legislation reaches the local level and will provide examples of disability mainstreaming, including developments in accessible tourism.

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