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:
CM Trasimeno (Italy)
Accessible Travel Netherlands
Accessible Poland Tours
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 Pretwerk.nl. The 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 (wijzijnzet.nl). 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.
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.
Date: March 18th, 2016
Time conference: 11:00 - 17:30
Time 'Travel Inspiration Market': 17:30 - 20:00
Location: Impacthub Amsterdam, Haarlemmerweg 10C,1014 BE Amsterdam, Westerpark. Directions
Welcome and coffee
Introduction to ACCESSTOUR project
Results of ACCESSTOUR project
Key note presentation by Mieke Broeders Inter (Agentschap Toegankelijk Vlaanderen)
Presentation of results workshops and time for discussion, promotion and networking
Drinks & network opportunity
Travel Inspiration Market
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.
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 email@example.com.