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Team Accessible Travel Netherlands - ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Workshop Accessible Guided Tours - ACCESSTOUR Conference and Exhibition

Workshop Accessible Guided Tours - ACCESSTOUR Conference and Exhibition

Workshop Heritage Sites - ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Workshop Heritage Sites - ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Guests at ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Guests at ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Travel Inspiration Market - ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Travel Inspiration Market - ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Workshop in Lab - ACCESSTOUR Conference and Exhibition

Workshop in Lab - ACCESSTOUR Conference and Exhibition

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March 21, 2016
Veroniek Maat
Veroniek Maat
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Report ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition

Friday the 18th of March 2016, the first international conference about accessible tourism took place at Impacthub in Amsterdam; the ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition.

The conference took place at Impacthub Amsterdam and welcomed over 50 guests. The guests included people from the field of accessible tourism in the Netherlands and Europe, such as Accessible Poland Tours, Accessible Portugal, INTER and Landstede Buitengewoon Reizen. There were also many guests who learned about accessible tourism for the first time.

Summary of the day

The conference kicked off with a welcoming word by Veroniek Maat from Accessible Travel Netherlands. She introduced project coordinator Massimo Canalicchio, who presented the goal and results of the European ACCESSTOUR project. A presentation by Mieke Broeders, director of INTER in Belgium followed. She outlined the potential of accessible tourism for countries in Europe and explained about the extensive accessible tourism policy by Tourism Flanders. She also highlighted the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) which companies and people working on accessible tourism in Europe can become a member of. One of ENAT's works is the website Pantou, which is the European Accessible Tourism Directory.

After lunch, three workshops took place which all addressed different topics, namely;

  1. Accessible tour guiding
  2. Accessible tourism policies
  3. Accessible heritage sites

The first workshop included a theoretical introduction and a practical part where the participants went outside to experience accessibility needs personally, using a wheelchair and being blind folded and walking with a stick. The second workshop was a group discussion that addressed examples of accessible tourism policies of DMO's in Europe. The goal of this workshop was to come up with ideas to best address accessible tourism in the Netherlands. The third workshop challenged the participants to think about heritage sites and museums and how to make them accessible for all.

After the workshops a panel discussion followed with Massimo Canalicchio, Mieke Broeders, Wouter Schelvis and Walter Jonker. The outcomes of the workshops were discussed as well as the future of accessible tourism in the Netherlands.

Conclusions

Some results and suggestions from the panel discussion included:

Pictures & presentations

We are glad to share the pictures of the conference with you. Click here to see the pictures made by Lexsample.

You can also find pictures and tweets about the ACCESSTOUR Conference & Exhibition on Twitter with #accesstour.

If you would like to learn more about the presentations and workshops given during the conference, please do not hesitate to send an email to info@accessibletravelnl.com.

About the author

Veroniek Maat

Veroniek Maat


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