Project Visits4u final conference – Accessible Tourism for All

On Thursday 7 December 2017, the Latvian organization of people with disabilities and their friends “Apeirons” organised the visist4u final conference at the Latvian State’s Forest in Riga.

Below you can find the full programme and links to the presentations. In Latvian and English respectively.

You can also visit our blog to read about the sessions:


09:30 – 10:00 Arrival – Registration

10:00 – 11:30  Overview of Accessible Tourism Policies

Conference opening: Ministry of Economics, Center for Accessible Environments, Apeirons


European Commission Policies and Initiatives on Accessible Tourism

Mr Antonis Christopoulos, Project Officer, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (EASME), European Commission



Government policy on accessible tourism, strategies and their implementation.

Mr Gatis Silovs, Director of the Sector Policy Department Ministry of Economics in Latvia



Accessible tourism in municipalities – involvement of municipalities in the creation of accessible tourism.

Ms Laura Skrodele, Director of Development Agency, Sigulda Municipality



Accessible tourism in Jurmalas municipality

Ms Anna Manuhina, Jūrmala Municipality



11:10 – 11:30  Comfort Break – Networking


11: 30 – 12:45 Inclusive practices in Latvian tourism

Accessible tourism in Latvia’s state forest tourism places

Latvia’s State Forest



The way from inaccessible to accessible museum

Ms Diāna Meiere and Ms Polīna Šķiņķe, Latvian Museum of Natural History



Certification of accessible natural places

Mr Jānis Matulis, Chairman of the Board, Latvian green movement



Mapeirons : accessibility application for IOS and Android

Mr Aigars Bolis, Apeirons



Inclusive environments: examples and solutions. Practical exercise

Ms Michelle Horn, Centre for Accessible Environments



12:45 – 14.00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:10 visits4u: project learning and results

Inclusive environments: examples and solutions. Practical task feedback

Ms Michelle Horn, Inclusive Environments Specialist, Centre for Accessible Environments


Project visits4u

Ms Foteini Galanopoulou, Project Manager, Centre for Accessible Environments



Panel one: Capacity Building in inclusive tourism: Training course and modules

Moderator: Ms Foteini Galanopoulou, Project Manager Centre for Accessible Environments

Ms Maya Valiseva, Project Manager, Nikanor ltd

Svetla Tagareva, Trainer, Nikanor ltd

Ms Carolina Carotta, Trainer, Turin Institute for the Deaf


Panel two: Creating inclusive tourism products / itineraries

Moderator: Michelle Horn, Inclusive Environments Specialist, Centre for Accessible Environments

Ms Olena Bilorezova, DomSpain ltd

Ms Paraskevi Moraitou, Municipality of Rhodes

Ms Natalia Maragou, Asklipiades

Juris Pabērzs, Apeirons


15.10 – 15.30 Discussion, final remarks and evaluation

Conference closes