This new affiliation to the United Nations agency is an important recognition and support to the commitment and progress that Red Estable is been carrying in the field of Accessible Tourism for over 9 years now.
Madrid, may 17th 2016.- The Executive Comittee of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), has decided to incorporate Red Estable (Spanish Network for Accessible Tourism) as an affiliate member of the Agency, after its recent meeting in Malaga that took place between May 9th and 11th 2016. This new affiliation to the WTO is an important recognition and support to the commitment and progress that Red Estable is been carrying in the field of Accessible Tourism for over 9 years now.
Currently the Spanish Network for Accessible Tourism already brings together more than 120 companies coming from different areas, such as the wide representation of companies representing the spanish travel industry, innovation and training centres or different organizations representing the different tourism subsectors. They all are linked and work hand to hand with the aim of promoting and consolidating accessible tourism in Spain. These organizations play different key roles either directly in the Travel industry or transfering their knowledge implementing accessibility related solutions to the industry. Its members include the Spanish Confederation Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (CEHAT), the Spanish Federation of Hospitality (FEHR), the Hotel Technological Institute (ITH), CETT-University of Barcelona School of Tourism, School of Computer Science at the University of Castilla La Mancha, the Association of Architects of Madrid (COAM), among others.
Red Stable has defined on its Strategic Plan different objectives together with the work that is being undertaken in the recent years. Some of the main objectives are to promote the creation of a Council for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism of Spain, and participate on the development of new accessible tourism products based on parameters and criteria that respond to the market demand. Other areas of growth are focused on launching the first observatory for Accessible Tourism in Spain, keep contributing to improve accessibility in the spanish Travel industry through innovation and technology, and keep providing training on travel accessibility to current and future professionals in the industry.
Within a few weeks Red Stable will launch “Spain is Accessible” which has the objective to be a distinctive brand grouping together the different facilities, resources and tourist services that meet the conditions and facilities to be promoted as certified Accessible Tourism services in Spain. This is an action that aims to be a great support among all travellers with some kind of disability or requiring special needs when planning their trips to Spain. The platform aims to provide a valuable tool considering the different players being part of the accessible travel supply chain. All the information is placed on a platform that promotes and enhances relations and communication between supply and demand for travellers searching for experiences at different Spanish destinations, making more reliable and secure to potential tourists with disabilities or people with reduced mobility find accessible travel services.
In order to achieve these objectives numerous meetings with international and national TTOO’s specialized in accesible have been held, as also a direct relationship with different tourism destinations already applying good practices in Accessible tourism in Spain.
In addition to being an affiliate member of the UNWTO, the Spanish Network for Accessible Tourism is member of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and Technology Platform for Tourism in Spain (Thinktur).