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AccessibleEU Lithuania - Accessible tourism for people with disabilities (NW-LT-01)

This AccessibleEU event will bring together individuals and institutions active in the field of tourism to network and promote accessible tourism.

Tourism for people with disabilities is an almost unused part of the tourism market in Lithuania. When we are talking about the accessible tourism for people with disabilities, we want to talk about the accessible tourism for other persons with individual needs: elderly people, families with small children, and persons with temporary health disorders, etc.,as well.

Specialists in the field of tourism lack the knowledge of how to communicate with people with disabilities, as well as what tourism services can be provided to them.

Another aspect is the importance of disseminating information about accessible tourist facilities and routes, as well as the importance of applying the principles of universal design.

  • Target audience: Tourism policy makers from the Ministries of Economy and Innovation, Internal Affairs, Social Security and Labour, specialists from municipal tourism information centre, tourism service providers, representatives of training institutions training tourism specialists, representatives of organizations of people with disabilities and municipalities.
  • When: Thursday, November 16, 2023 
  • Format: Online
  • Type of event: Networking
  • Language: Lithuanian and English
  • How to participate: Free registration
  • Accessibility information: Captioning and sign language interpretation in Lithuanian. Translation from English to Lithuanian
  • tourism
  • Thursday 16 November 2023, 11:00 - 15:30 (EET)


  1. 16 Nov 2023, 11:00 - 13:30 (EET)
    Draft agenda

    11:00 – 11:15 Welcome speeches.

    Justina Jakštienė, Deputy Minister of Social Security and Labour.

    Andrius Valickas, Senior advisor of the Regional Policy Group of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

    Lina Gulbinė, Head of the program monitoring and control department of the Department of Disability Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour

    11:15 – 11:55 "Tourism for All: oportunities and quality of the offer", Annagrazia Laura, President ENAT - European Network for Accessible Tourism

    12:05 – 12:25 "How to open the tourism sector to people with disabilities in Lithuania?“, Marius Gorochovskis, Chief officer of Economic development group (Tourism) of the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

    12:35 – 13:05 "Tourism accessible to everyone. Requirements and recommendations", Biruta Švagždiene, professor, dr. Lithuanian University of Sports, Department of Sports and Tourism Management

    13:15 – 13:30 Coffee break

    13:30 – 13:50 "Druskininkai without limits?", Jurgita Rudienė, Deputy Head of the Investment and Project Management Department of the Municipality of Druskininkai

    14:00 – 14:20 "Accessible tourism: important topic in Tourism studies“, Greta Gruodė, Head of the Management Department of the Business Management Faculty of Vilnius College

    14:30 – 15:10 Experiences and suggestions of people with disabilities

    Hearing impaired representative Vytautas Pivoras, Chairman of the Commission for monitoring the rights of  people with disabilities

    Physical disability representative Ginta Žemaitaitytė–Buinevičė, project coordinator of the Lithuanian Association of People with Disabilities

    Representative of the visually impaired Audrė Grybauskaitė, project coordinator of the Lithuanian Blind and Visually Impaired Union

    15:20 – 15:30 Summary

    At the end of each presentation, 10 minutes will be allocated for questions/discussion

Practical information

Thursday 16 November 2023, 11:00 - 15:30 (EET)
English, Lithuanian