Accomable, which brands itself as the ‘Airbnb for disabled people’, is working with EU-funded project EuTravel to impress on the future of accessible travel and enable anyone with a mobility issue to easily book door-to-door transport via a single platform.
Working with major GDS providers and transport companies, EuTravel Project will tap into existing mainstream IT travel reservation systems and sources of travel data, to enable people to find and book complete door-to-door transport routes via multiple modes of transport, including air, rail, bus and ferry, to and from all countries within the EU, via a single platform.
It is hoped the new system will lead to more transport networks and accommodation companies like hotel groups to invest in better access solutions.
Managed by Inlecom, a management consultancy firm, EuTravel Project has brought onboard Accomable, the global platform for finding adapted hotels and vacation rentals for disabled and elderly people, to participate in the project pilot and identify the challenges faced by less mobile travellers, and to ensure accessible transport options are easy to find and book as part of the new system.
“Accessibility is at the heart of the EuTravel Project. Our technology will make it easy for citizens of the EU and international visitors to travel across the single market, and to plan journeys which suit their individual needs,” commented Inlecom’s project support director, Yash Chadha.
“Key to this is ensuring the service is open to everyone, including disabled users and anyone with a mobility issue, which is why we’re thrilled to have Accomable onboard as consultants on accessibility.”
Meanwhile, Accomable’s CEO and co-founder, Srin Madipalli, said: “Our mission has always been to enable anyone to go anywhere, so we are delighted to be working with EuTravel Project to ensure disabled people worldwide can research and book accessible transport across the EU with ease.
“Our disabled customers are extremely aware of how difficult it is to plan accessible transport routes when travelling at home and abroad, as online information is often incorrect or out of date. Our role will be to consult EuTravel Project towards delivering a solution that contains full accessibility information you can trust.”