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10.09.2019

GNTB offers online database for accessible travel in Germany

Photo: Barrier-free treetop path in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern © GNTB

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) offers a new and comprehensive online database for barrier-free accessible travel, the first of its kind to include a national labelling and "Accessibility Checked" seal.

Entitled "Travel for All", the database enables users to search for a wide range of accessible holiday facilities throughout Germany including accommodation, restaurants, activities, shopping centres and essential information such as accessible travel and local tourism offices. It includes an online map, showing the location of items and linking directly to each supplier and the relevant certification. It features amenities for travellers with restricted mobility and wheelchair users, for people with hearing impairments and deaf people, for tourists with visual impairments and blind people, and for people with cognitive impairments.

Ms. Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of GNTB's board of directors, stated: "Barrier-Free tourism services are indispensable for about ten percent of visitors to Germany. Our new database includes over 1,500 fully certified Barrier-Free facilities and service providers and this information will be expanded on an ongoing basis. The database is highly useful for both consumers and tour operators. It is an aid not only for actual travel planning but also for researching activities or accommodation, from a trusted source that provides up-to-date information from certified partners. Interest to- date has been tremendous. Accessible travel for all is a key requirement for tourism in the 21st century and the German National Tourist Board is continuing to meet this requirement and to expand its accessible tourism offers and services in Germany.”

Each company included in the GNTB database is documented by trained researchers and evaluated with clear quality criteria. Detailed information on the accessibility of each listed entry can be viewed by guests – providing more transparency and reliability – and which bears the "Accessibility Checked" seal.

Further information: www.germany.travel/en/ms/barrier-free-travel/experience-barrier-free-travel-in-germany.html

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