Accomable, which calls itself the "Airbnb for disabled people", has partnered with the EuTravel Project unite to help improve accessible transport booking processes.
Accomable is a global platform for finding adapted hotels and vacation rentals for disabled and elderly people. It offers more than 1,100 quality adapted places to stay in over 60 countries worldwide, while the EU-funded project aims to enable disabled travellers to book door-to-door accessible transport EU-wide via a single platform.
Working with 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.
Managed by Inlecom, a management consultancy firm, EuTravel Project has brought onboard Accomable. The collaboration is the latest in a series of partnerships. In January it teamed up with Interhome, while in May it announced it was working with IHG to showcase hundreds of accessible rooms.
It will participate in a pilot project 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.
Srin Madipalli (pictured above), Accomable’s chief executive and co-founder, 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is to plan accessible transport routes when travelling at home and abroad, as online information is often incorrect or out of date.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.”
Accomable will use its expertise in adapted travel to advise on accessibility and engage with the userbase to provide insight on how EuTravel Project may fully cater for disabled and anyone with a mobility issue both in and outside of the EU.
The EuTravel project began on May 1, 2015 and aims to contribute towards "European Travel Optimodality defined as inter-modal travel optimised with respect to synchronisation between modes, passenger experience and rights and environmental performance".