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ACCESSTOUR Exhibition and Conference
March 22, 2016
Veroniek Maat
Veroniek Maat
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ACCESSTOUR Exhibition and Conference

On March 18th 2016 the first international conference about accessible tourism was organized in Amsterdam.

Read the report about the ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition.


Amsterdam ACCESSTOUR Exhibition & Conference

The first international Accessible Tourism conference in the Netherlands, the result and final stage of the European ACCESSTOUR project. The project addressed the increasing number of people with accessibility needs that want to travel by developing standards for design of accessible tourism routes. At the conference the project results will be presented and all European partners will be present.

Six partners from Europe have joined forces for the ACCESSTOUR project; ACCESSible Tourism for Outdoor- and Urban Routes.

The project partners include:

The conference will be kicked off with a welcoming word of the project coordinator Massimo Canalicchio and the project member and conference organizer Veroniek Maat. After the kick-off a keynote presentation will be given by Mieke Broeders from Toegankelijkheidsbureau België. Her presentation will be about the accessible tourism policiy in Vlaanderen.

Invitees include tourism marketing agencies, tourist offices, tour guides, tourism experts and suppliers of accommodation and transport. For the visitors of the conference 3 workshops will be organized. Visitors can attend 2 workshops of choice.

Workshop 1. Accessible tourism policies of DMO's

This workshop is presented by Walter Jonker from ‚ÄčThe workshop is especially designed for tourist offices and tourism marketing agencies. Are you and is your destination ready to receive more visitors with accessibility needs? You will have a better insight after the workshop and know how to make the first steps towards becoming and promoting an accessible destination.

Workshop 2. Accessibility at heritage sites

This workshop is provided by Veroniek Maat from Accessible Travel Netherlands. She will talk about best practices with regards to making heritage sites and museums accessible using physical or digital solutions.

Workshop 3. Providing accessible guided tours

This third workshop is presented by Wouter Schelvis from ZET ( This workshop is aimed at tour guides who want to learn or improve their skills with regards to guiding people with a physical, visual or hearing impairment. The workshop will include both a theoretical and practical elements.


Register here.

Drinks and lunch are included untill 17.00 hr. After the conference and during the travel market two drinks per person are included.

Travel Inspiration Market

The day will be closed with a 'Travel Inspiration Market' where tourism marketing agencies, tourist offices, travel agents and the project members will present their accessible tourism offer. This market is organized for consumers who are interested in learning about accessible travel opportunities in the Netherlands and Europe.

Conference details


Time Subject
11.00 Welcome and coffee
11.30 Introduction to ACCESSTOUR project
12.00 Results of ACCESSTOUR project
12.30 Key note presentation by Mieke Broeders Inter (Agentschap Toegankelijk Vlaanderen)
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Workshops
15.00 Break
15.15 Workshops
16.15 Presentation of results workshops and time for discussion, promotion and networking
17.00 Drinks & network opportunity
17.30 Travel Inspiration Market
20.00 End of the conference


We have a limited amount of parking tickets available for the Q-park Westergasfabriek, Van Bleiswijkstraat 8. Please contact us in advance if you need a parking ticket. Note that parking on the Westergasfabriek terrain is not permitted.

There are 5 parking spots in the surroundings of Impacthub Amsterdam for people with disabilities, these can be found on a map.


If you are looking for accommodation in Amsterdam, we have rooms available at the Golden Tulip Amsterdam West. This hotel is a 20 minute walk through Westerpark to Impacthub Amsterdam. If you would like to reserve one of these rooms, please email to


For more information about the ACCESSTOUR project, visit

"This project is partly funded by the European Commission DG ENT. This publication reflects only the view of the authors and the Commission can not be considered responsible for the content therein."

About the author

Veroniek Maat

Veroniek Maat

Veroniek is founder of Accessible Travel Netherlands and works on marketing, sales and group bookings.
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