About us – WHY we do WHAT we do at Accessible Travel Press

Want to know more about what we do here?

Accessible Travel Press is a global travel news platform. By you and for you. We love to hear your stories! And we will gladly share them.

Nobody likes to go online for hours on end. We collect and share all info you need when it comes to travel and roam the planet. Or a day out in your own city.

You will find thousands of locations, accommodation to museums to beaches, that have been checked and verified by us or by partners.

We publish guides, blogs and share a newsletter. We are collecting and connnecting all the time. The world is such a big place!

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In 2009, our founder Marlies registered a business called Hotelaccessibility.com aiming to collect as many accessible hotels around the world as possible.

Soon it was decided, that it was a mission impossible, and in 2016 the business moved on to a global travel platform in 2016 called Accessible Travel Online.

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Our logo

6 continents

At some point early 2020, there were over 40 people working with ATO (Accessible Travel Online): travel agents, writers, social media managers, photographers, reporters, researchers and hotel inspectors. On 6 continents around the world.

In just a few years, a huge collection of high quality content had become available to many travelers needing tailor made and extended customers services during travel.

When in 2020 the pandemic hit, the world of travel changed forever. We had to start over.

All our resources are as valuable as before. We all still need accessibility information for a day out, so we focus more on local travel.

We write, we share, we recommend, we check, we verify

We publish a blog, a newsletter and share stories and tips from around the world.

Social media – daily updates

We also use social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube) to bring news and updates in various formats.

Tag us to be featured. News will carry far when it is shared.


By you and for you

Our core values: connect and care

We work with three powerful slogans

we check before we share

we connect and care

we build global, and work local

How it all started

In 2007, working on an accessibility for retail project – delivering custom made ramps to shops for the city – ATO founder Marlies was made aware that accessibility is usually a term, not a given.

Surprised to know the world is such an inaccessible place, she decided to do something about it, not sure how though. This is when she met Melanie.

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Melanie checking out a hotel during an accessibility audit

The team and the hotel inspectors

Over the years, working closely with people with diverse disabilities, we gained knowledge and insight in that huge gap between businesses and their customer services when it comes to accessibility.

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Watch a video by Shanne and Danny who have been on many ATO missions
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Hidden disabilities

Every disability is personal

Each team member has its own experience, knowledge and disability. All of that knowledge and experience combined is the very foundation of all documents and company communications.

Wheelchairs, canes and assistance dogs

It was soon decided that the focus would be not only on wheelchair access, but also about travel info for people having an assistance dog and for people using a cane.

We hope you come back here often, as our ‘library’ is growing.
Feel free to contact us if you like to volunteer in your city, state or country. There are never enough writers.

Why You’ll Love Us

  • Reliable
  • International
  • Sustainable
  • Seasonal
  • Free downloads
  • Lots of videos
  • Great blog
  • Apps and Products
  • Accommodation
  • Local partners
  • Tours and holidays

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What a WONDERFUL resource!”

I’ve used recommendations for 2 excursions and both accommodations worked out famously. I cannot recommend ATN enough!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Great initiative”

A digital platform that offers a wide range of accessible travel experiences, products and resources all in 1 site…. What a great initiative. Can’t wait to see the site growing so all accessible corners of the world are covered 😁♿️ – Simone

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “They have it all!”

a very thorough resource and the people genuinely care about quality service! From accommodations to products to the blog, they have it all!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Extensive and informative”

An extensive and informative site, with truly accessible holiday homes and experiences to choose from – Chris

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Travel with your dog – ATO Ambassador Danielle with her dog Noah

Make sure to be listed

You want your museum, theme park, zoo, event, expo or conference listed?

Please email us your accessibility information page. It is that easy to be listed!

Read more here.

Want your product featured? Email us here

Would you like to be featured in our newsletter? Please email us your story.

Media inquiries please read more here.

Visit our shop Art for ACCESS

Art boards (Australia kangaroos at dawn)

Canvas (Railroad crossing)

Framed print (Sunset)

  • shirt travel is oxygen sunset
  • Travel is oxygen heartbeat design
  • Travel is oxygen heartbeat design