IBFT is responding to the new challenges and the changing requirements of modern information media.
At the beginning of our work the focus was on offering a search platform for accessible venues - in 2003 there was simply too little information about where people with disabilities can go on holiday. The inclusion of further information from the whole tourism service chain in the database was a logical progression. For cost reasons all information was based on self assessments.
Nowadays it becomes more and more important to spread valid and verified information. Self-reports can not meet these requirements and lose throughout Europe in importance. Special trained persons take over this checking. For IBFT it is not possible, we neither have the staff nor the finances to do this.
Furthermore, there has also been a change in user behavior. According to inclusion, people no longer want to look first at "where is an accassible venue” but deside to visit a special region/city/village and look on their websites for relevant information. This is of course more the idea of "tourism for all" than specialized databases.
For this reason, there will be no langer any support or renewal of the information about accessible venues. Since our database consists not only of information about venues we are considering to expand the other services like the link collections and the published materials in order to work in a somewhat different way for the development of tourism for all.
ENAT-website: Pantou Access Statement Form: Now Available for Accessible Tourism Suppliers