There is a new website – Pantou – which is a directory of suppliers of accessible tourism services in all European Union countries. Some services from non-European countries are also included. Pantou is the Greek word for “Everywhere”. The web service makes it easier for all visitors with any kind of access needs to find what they are looking for when planning a visit to Europe. It also 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, thus making it difficult to plan a holiday visit or business trip. Pantou has been developed 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, 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 services offered and the particular target groups they can serve. Suppliers must also give a reference about the accessibility of their services. This reference may be either an accessibility information/auditing scheme or an access labelling scheme to which they belong. Suppliers who are not members of an accessibility information scheme are required to complete a Pantou ‘Access Statement’ which describes the most important facts about their services.
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