e-Bulletin No. 14
3 November 2009
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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,
I am pleased to send you the 14th Edition of the ENAT e-Bulletin.
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ENAT 2nd International Congress, Vienna: "One Big Step Forward"
Let me take this opportunity to thank, publicly, IBFT Pro Worker, our ENAT National Coordinator in Austria, for their excellent organisation of the ENAT Congress in Vienna. Over 150 participants from 24 countries enjoyed two days of presentations, debate and study visits, and the gracious hospitality of the Mayor of Vienna at the Town Hall.
All the participants also deserve a warm word of thanks, too. For despite the difficult economic conditions, the Congress was strongly supported by delegates from diverse backgrounds and regions. As ENAT President, Lilian Müller said in her summing up, the Congress was "One Big Step Forward", thanks to the many good practices shown and the delegates' evident optimism and commitment to the future of Accessible Tourism for All. Yes, it was a tremendous success!
A "House-keeping" Notice, Mainly for Members
As announced earlier, we are going to make it possible for members to pay their subscriptions online by PayPal - which will make the process a whole lot easier for all of us. But we have had a delay in implementing the system due to pressure of work on the web developers at EWORX S.A., ENAT's technology sponsor-partner. Within a few days all should be in place. After logging in, members will then find a new heading in the Members' Area : "My payments", which links to the PayPal page. Please pay your subscription for 2010 by 31st January 2010, at the latest. Thankyou!
The ENAT Board would like to invite more current Associate Members to apply for "Full Member" status. The procedure is described in the Membership section of the website. Your organisation must have a firm commitment and a good record in some aspect of accessible tourism, in order to be accepted. You will also be expected to participate in the ENAT Annual General Assembly (held in Brussels). As a Full Member your organisation will also be eligible to stand for elections to positions in the ENAT Board. Some positions will be open to election in 2010.
Send Even More News! The ENAT website receives over 3,000 visitors every month. Readers tend to stay long and browse deeply through our many webpages. As always, if you have any 'accessible tourism' news, events to announce, new publications or other messages that you would like ENAT to disseminate for you, please contact ENAT. We are happy to pass on relevant items to our wide readership.
With kind regards, Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, ENAT.
1. ENAT's "Code of Good Conduct" in Accessible Tourism is now open for promoting your business!
The ENAT Code of Good Conduct commitment label for accessible tourism was launched on 1st October in Vienna where the first 26 signatories received their certificates from ENAT President, Lilian Müller. The Code of Good Conduct, which is exclusive to ENAT Members, is the first and only international certification product for enterprises and organisations that are working in accessible tourism. ENAT Members can now download their own certificate and promotional logos from the Members' Area of the ENAT website.
Read more about the ENAT Code of Good Conduct.
2. Questionnaire for European Towns and Cities: Good Practices in Accessibility to Public Transport
The EU funded MEDIATE project aims to establish a common European methodology for measuring accessibility to public transport. In order to create a good practice guide, towns and cities are asked to fill in a questionnaire if they believe that they have examples of good practice. The data they provide will form the basis of the Guide.
Read more about the MEDIATE project and answer the questionnaire on or before 5th November 2009.
3. Accessible Sailing and Water Sports Investment Opportunity at Greek Argonautical Park
Argonautical Park, the first modern sailing centre in the Region of Magnesia, Greece offers accessible accommodation, restaurant, training and education camps for Greek and International visitors of all ages and abilities. The management is now searching for a business partner to continue the development of this unique facility.
4. Scandic Hotels' Disability Ambassador, Magnus Berglund Profiled on CNN World View
Scandic Hotels is a hotel chain which emphasises good access for all its guests in every hotel. This televised report by AXESS TV, Sweden was broadcast by CNN on 10 October 2009.
Read more and see the video report
5. ENAT Congress Vienna: Short Video, Presentations and Workshop Summaries Now Online
You can have a taste of the Vienna Congress, thanks to a short video made by the German journalist and ENAT Member, Dirk Janczewski. It features interviews with some of the delegates, including Honorary ENAT Member and Guest Speaker, Mr. Mohammed Al-Taranweh, Chair of the United Nations Committee on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
See the ENAT Congress video Download ENAT Congress Presentations and Speeches
6. Serbia: 2nd International Conference on Accessible Tourism - Tourism for All
The Second International Conference on Accessible Tourism – Tourism for All will be held on November 26-27 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia. The following topics will be discussed: training and education, accessibility, standards, economic crisis, profitability and examples of good practice in the tourism industry. Papers are invited.
Read more and download the Programmme and Registration Form
7. Need of Accessibility and Design for All in Tourism for All, Lousã, Portugal
An International Conference will take place on 19th and 20th November in the mountain town of Lousã, situated in Central Portugal. Read more and download the Programme and Registration Form.
8. ENAT Members - The New ENAT Logos are Now Available for Downloading
Get the original ENAT logos and our new Banners for your website and print publications. Log in to accessibletourism.org and go to the ENAT Library download page, to choose the sizes and shapes you prefer:
Get ENAT logos