During the NO BARRIER conference, the network of actions implemented to reduce physical, social and cultural barriers hindering the tourist experience have been presented: 13 accessible tourist itineraries – also considering their deseasonalisation – together with their multimedia usability both through the web portal www.nobarrier-project.eu and through the free NO BARRIER App launched during the meeting opened, among other people, by the Greek Management Responsible Mr Dimitris Karavatos and, for the Puglia Region, by senator Mr Giovanni Procacci, who announced that the project would be integrated with regional policies and structures.
Started by the no longer existing Province of Bari (Community Policies Service), now Metropolitan City of Bari, the NO BARRIER project was funded by the Greece-Italy 2007-2013 ETCP (Axis III Measure 3.3), created between Italy and Greece in partnership with the Province of Lecce, the Municipalities of Bari and Nardò, the University of Bari – Cirpas, Ipres, the Greek regions of Western Greece and Ionian Islands.
During their implementation, the project phases were constantly shared, through seminars and technical meetings, both with the disabilities associations and with the local tourist system network: in fact, public bodies (mayors, municipal councillors and managers, social services, transport services, local healthcare system, Iat system – Tourist information and welcoming, Puglia Promozione) and private operators (tour operators, tourist facilities, beaches, shops) were involved.
All this led to the creation of 13 itineraries, identified both for their cultural and environmental attractiveness and for the usability offered by their structures and facilities, also the social and healthcare ones.
Five itineraries were created in the Metropolitan City of Bari: "The city of Bari"; "The Ravines and Altamura" (Municipalities of Gravina di Puglia and Altamura); "The Adriatic Coast and its surroundings" (Mola di Bari, Rutigliano, Conversano, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli); "The Aragonese itinerary" (Giovinazzo, Bitonto and Molfetta); "Valle d'Itria" (Castellana Grotte, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Putignano).
Five itineraries, too, for the territory of the Province of Lecce: "From the Baroque to the forest of Lecce" (Lecce, Rauccio Park); "Terra d'Otranto: eastwards, from Castro to Otranto" (Castro, Otranto, "Costa d'Otranto" natural park, Santa Maria di Leuca); "Ionian itinerary: from the Beautiful City to the Messapian Ugento" (Gallipoli, Ugento, Litorale di Ugento natural park); "Finibus Terrae: southwards, from the Village of Specchia to Leuca Cape" (Specchia, Santa Maria di Leuca); "In close contact with nature: from the Nardò territory to Porto Cesareo" (Nardò, Porto Selvaggio natural park, Porto Cesareo and its protected area).
Two itineraries were identified by the Province of Lecce partner for the Brindisi territory: "The gateway to the East: the upper Salento area, from Brindisi to Torre Guaceto" (Brindisi, Torre Guaceto nature reserve) and "Among the olive groves of the White City" (Ostuni, rural area, Dune Costiere natural park).
Finally, in the territory of the Western Greece region, the itinerary "Discovering Olympia games" in the Peloponnese (Katakolo, Pyrgos, Ilidas, Olympia, Skafidias).