AccessibleTravel.Online was founded in 2016 by Marlies van Sint Annaland.
After working for several years as Accessibility Project Manager in Amsterdam, working with thousands of entrepreneurs and the city council improving accessibility in retail, she switched to accessible travel.
Since travel is a personal passion, it was a logical step to combine these two.
How it all started
In 2007, working on a retail project, 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. This is when she met Melanie, who is in the team. Since then, the team has been growing.
The ATO Travel team
Over the years, working closely with people with diverse disabilities, Marlies gained knowledge and insight in that huge gap between businesses and their customer services when it comes to accessibility.
The ATO Travel team started in 2016, after a period of 2 years finding ways to set up a structure to work with that would be beneficial to both travelers and businesses, to lay the basic structure on which AccessibleTravel.Online was going to be built.
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.
In 2018 the first ATO Offices joined our network. In Romania, a more and more popular travel destination, Sano Touring is the accessible travel specialist, our first partner.
Accessible travel is such a personal journey; it always takes a specialized tour agency to organize your travels. Going on a holiday and spending most of the time arranging the trip because nothing is what you expected, is not what you want.
In 2019 there are offices on 4 continents and the website offers a variety of tours, products and thousands of direct links to accessibility information. All information, recommended or general travel information, is checked before it is shared.
The ATO accessibility logo
Our logo is designed to express our mission: accessibility for all, when traveling, our passion. One of our goals is to contribute to the mission to make accessible travel available to many.
Inclusivity and infinity
The circle is the ultimate expression of inclusivity and infinity. Smaller circles were added to the bigger circle, to express the variety of meanings, when you discuss accessibility. The largest groups of people referred to in these symbols are represented in the accessibility logo; there are many many more groups of people when it comes to disabilities, extra needs.
Inclusivity, Independence, International
Since ATO stands for traveling as independent as possible, we chose to use 3 smaller circles. These circles represent wheelchair users, people with assistance dogs, and people using a cane. This group refers to the senior traveler as well as to people who are visually impaired.
The number of 3 smaller circles in the accessibility logo is also carefully chosen. This number is to many a number of unity. ATO stands for inclusivity, independence and international travel, the 3 core elements of ATO.
Traveling is good for your soul
To be able to see the world, enjoy so many beautiful places, wonders of nature or museums, historic sites, we think it is the best. Traveling is good for your soul. It enriches your mind. And it fills your heart with good feelings.
For people who are traveling with their assistance dogs, using wheelchairs, or people with disabilities in general, it is very important that their travel experience is made possible. In a world with an ageing population, where seniors outnumber the younger generations, accessibility should be the new standard.
The √ symbol in the ATO logo
ATO shares accessibility information about the places to go see. We search thousands and thousands of websites and find good quality accessibility information pages for you.
We search and find hotels or other accommodations you go stay. Airports. Theme parks. To save you time to sort it all out.
We only use direct links of the sites we find to be informative and reliable when it comes to accessible facilities. And we keep track of updates.
To have your museum, theme park, zoo, event, expo or conference listed please email us.
To have your accessible accommodation featured and promoted read more here.
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