New issue of the Practical Guide to Accessible Tourism on Greenways
Practical Guide to Opening Up the Territory to Accessible Greenways, December 2017 The new updated and completed practical guide covers general aspects of accessible tourism, best practices for greenways in Spain and Europe, and includes a section with recommendations for the design of greenways for everyone. The guide has been produced by PREDIF and FFE, with the cooperation of the European Greenways Association. It covers general aspects of accessible tourism, best practices for greenways in Spain and Europe, and includes a section with recommendations for the design of greenways for everyone. It also includes the methodology of the Greenways4ALL project and some very interesting and practical annexes. Download the guide here It's only fair to share…FacebookTwitterLinkedin
Presentations of the Final conference “Greenways4ALL” are available now
The presentations of the closing conference in Monção and some pictures of the event are now available here! The final conference “Greenways4ALL: Accessible Tourism on European Greenways” An opportunity for local and sustainable tourism development and product creation” has been held on Tuesday, November 14. It was organized by the European Greenways Association with the cooperation of the Spanish Railways Foundation, and the support of the Câmara Municipal de Monção and CIM Alto Minho. Its purpose was: To provide an overview of the results of the Greenways4All project and valorization strategy. To present examples of accessible greenway best practices and tourism products that can be replicated in other European territories. To encourage interested parties to continue to develop accessible greenways and build accessible tourism products at greenways in Europe To promote exchange and networking among greenway stakeholders, both public and private, in order to foster mutual collaboration to promote accessible greenways and develop tourism products. The conference was addressed at tourism promotion and greenway management authorities, public authorities and private organizations wishing to promote accessible greenways as tourism destinations in their territories, and local service and equipment providers (SMEs) in the vicinity of greenways. Press and media. See the Program here and […]
“Greenways4ALL final conference”
Accessible tourism products on greenways created just to enjoy!
The Greenways4ALL catalogue is available
How to make accessible greenways?
Key recommendations for making greenways accessible When designing accessible greenways we need to take into consideration a set of minimum, technical, accessibility-related criteria in order to ensure that greenways can be used and enjoyed by everyone – including people with disabilities – under safe and comfortable conditions. Accessibility to natural spaces has been less well developed than accessibility in urban environments. For this reason we believe it is essential to provide some guidelines that can be implemented not only on greenways but also in any action carried out in natural areas, such as paths, nature trails, etc. We are confident that this brochure will help European greenway planners and managers to develop initiatives aimed at improving accessibility along their routes and making greenways an integrating element for the development of accessible tourism experiences and products. All this technical information, best practices for accessible greenways in Europe, and plenty more besides is available in the Greenways4ALL “Practical Guide to Opening Up the Territory to Accessible Greenways”. (in Spanish). Brochures are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese Download from https://greenways4all.org/publications/ It's only fair to share…FacebookTwitterLinkedin
The Practical Guide to Accessible Tourism on Greenways is out now!
Building accessible tourism products in Greenways
This project is already advancing towards the creation of accessible tourism products based on greenways. With the knowledge of the real offer of accessible tourism in the two pilot territories on which this project is focused – Vía Verde de la Sierra. Cadiz-Seville and Ecopista do Dao Viseu Dao Lafoes region. Portugal –, after the initial few months the project is already in the creation phase of an accessible tourist product based on greenways. Some data. For the Vía Verde de la Sierra greenway, 134 resources were analysed by telephone, 69 of them being eligible for auditing in terms of accessibility by complying with the minimum criteria. Once all of them were analysed, 43 of them were found to be accessible or usable. This means that 31% of the resources and tourist companies of the municipalities which this greenway passes through are potential candidates for accessible greenway-based products. See the accessible offer in Vía Verde de la Sierra>> In the case of the Ecopista do Dao greenway (Portugal), 29 resources and companies were found to be accessible or usable (25%). See accessible offer in Ecopista do Dao>> Visiting the companies and the accessible tourist resources The 3 SMEs taking part in this project, Accessible Madrid, Turismo Vivencial and AstroAndalus, together with […]
Workshop “Accessible Tourism and European Greenways”
The European Greenways Association, the Spanish Railways Foundation, as project coordinator partner of “Greenways4ALL” project and Predif, the Spanish Representative Platform for Physically Disabled Persons, organize this workshop in the framework of FITUR, the International Tourism Trade Fair. The objective is to publicize the “Greenways4ALL” project and share experiences on accessible tourism, improving accessibility around greenways and the dissemination of these routes as resources for all. It is aimed at political and technical professionals at national, regional and local level, county councils, municipalities, greenways managers, experts, entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector, the third sector and specialized media. When: Friday January 30th; 10:00 – 14:30 Where: IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, Sala N115. 1ª Planta. Centro de Convenciones Norte. (Entrada Norte) How to arrive Language: Spanish See Program here Registration Form Participation is free of charge, previous registration at: firstname.lastname@example.org It's only fair to share…FacebookTwitterLinkedin
The conference “Greenways4ALL: Accessible Tourism on European Greenways” has been held
The conference “Greenways4ALL: Accessible Tourism on European Greenways” has been held On Friday, September 30 a conference organized by the FFE and the European Greenways Association was held. Its purpose was to present the new “Greenways4ALL” project and share experiences regarding accessible tourism, enhancing greenway accessibility, and the dissemination of these itineraries as resources for everyone. The conference was a great success in terms of turnout, with over 50 attendees, among which were the partners of this European project, political and technical government representatives, greenway managers, accessibility experts, entrepreneurs, tourism sector workers, and third sector workers. The conference featured a great many top level speakers, among which were representatives from the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Segittur, PREDIF, ONCE Foundation, EGWA, FFE, Fundación También, and CEOMA. Other keynote speakers were the managers of the Greenway de la Sierra in Spain and the Ecopista do Dao in Portugal. The panel speaking on behalf of greenway users and the companies specializing in accessible and experiential tourism also aroused a great deal of interest. One of the main conclusions drawn from the conference was that accessibility and design for everyone is a fundamental factor not only for the inclusion of everyone in the […]
“Local Accesibility Agreement” for La Sierra greenway and Ecopista do Dao
Local Accessibility Agreements were signed by EGWA members La Sierra Greenway and Ecopista Do Dão as part of the Greenways4All project In the month of October representatives from PREDIF (Representative State Platform for Physically Disabled Persons) and the Spanish Railway Foundation met managers from two Greenways4ALL project members, La Sierra Greenway (Cadiz-Seville) and Ecopista do Dão (Viseu, Portugal), at two events whose purpose was to train the technical staff of each area in matters of accessibility. At the close of each event a “Local Accessibility Agreement” was signed by the host greenway. The “Local Accessibility Agreement” for La Sierra Greenway (Cadiz-Seville) was reached during the event held on October 19 and 20 at Olvera station. Representatives from PREDIF and the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE), in collaboration with the La Sierra Greenway Foundation, organized a training workshop for greenway managers and owners of tourism establishments. This event included a technical visit to and an accessibility assessment of a stretch of the greenway and of a number of different types of establishments such as accommodation, restaurants and an interpretation centre. The schedule also included a presentation and a short dissemination session on accessible tourism and greenways. In the framework of this event […]
Conference “Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways for All”
The European Greenways Association and the Spanish Railways Foundation, as project coordinator partner of “Greenways4ALL” project organize on Friday, September 30, the first conference of this European project which began last July 1, 2016. The conference will take place at the FFE headquarters (C / Santa Isabel, 44, Madrid). The conference “Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways for All” aims to publicize the “Greenways4ALL” project and share experiences on accessible tourism, improving accessibility around greenways and the dissemination of these routes as resources for all. It is aimed at political and technical professionals at national and regional level, county councils, municipalities, greenways managers, experts, entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector, the third sector and specialized media. View Program >> The conference is the starting point of the European project Greenways4ALL with the aim of moving towards a product that meets the value chain of accessibility; from the accessible travel path to an accessible experience. Thus, accessibility is the common element to all resources that integrate the tourism product: walking the greenway, eating in restaurants in the area, lodging in the immediate vicinity to the greenway, visiting museums or doing some shopping, among others options. The project is coordinated by […]