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e-Bulletin No. 27
27 September 2011




Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,

There's a lot of good news to share with you in this e-Bulletin. Here are just three of the headlines showing ENAT's increasing engagement with major players in the tourism and NGO sectors:

  • ENAT, the ONCE Foundation and the UN World Tourism Organisation have signed a trilateral agreement to promote Accessible Tourism for All to the tourism sector around the globe.  Read more.
  • ENAT is an official partner of the 2011 "Freedom of Movement" campaign launched by the European Disability Forum (EDF). Read more.
  • ENAT has given its support to the Italian National Tourism Agency's Manifesto on Accessible Tourism Read more
Read more News items, below.

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New on the ENAT website: As a service to the whole accessible tourism community, we give an overview what's coming up around the world.
Check out the ENAT-Google Accessible Tourism Events Calendar.
The Calendar is updated dynamically - send us your event details and we will include them here.

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Best regards,
Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, ENAT.
Email: enat@accessibletourism.org


 News

ENAT Joins European Disability Forum's "Freedom of Movement Campaign"  EDF’s Freedom of Movement campaign is a much-needed initiative to raise awareness of the huge gap between the expectations of people with disabilities to travel freely and the actual situation in Europe, here in 2011.

Leading Spanish Businesses Commit to Global Code of Ethics for Tourism  Fourteen of Spain’s most prominent tourism businesses have signed their commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, (Madrid, Spain, 15-16, September)

UNWTO and Partners to Promote Accessible Tourism for All
 
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) have signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at developing ever more accessible tourism for persons with disabilities.

Accessible Tourism Destination Certification Programme by TGB, Belgium  The first international certification programme for accessible tourism destinations has been developed and carried out in Lousã, Portugal by the Belgian Accessibility Office, Toegangelijkheidsbureau (TGB). The Certification Programme is a completely new destination management tool which provides an accurate measure of the excellence of an accessible tourism destination, based on strictly defined criteria.

Improved Accessibility – A Commercial Success for Scandic
 
Scandic, the Sweden-based hotel group, is intensifying its successful focus on improved accessibility. This year, over 100 new disabled rooms will be added to the portfolio and 2012 there will be even more to meet the large and growing demand. More and more companies and organisations seek rooms and conference facilities that are accessible to all.

Cyprus Municipality Provides Innovative Sea Access Ramp for Bathers with Disabilities
 
People with mobility problems will soon be able to safely and easily enter the water at the public beach of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus.

ENAT Supports Italian "Manifesto for the Promotion of Accessible Tourism"
 
Showing its commitment to put into effect Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Italian Ministry of Tourism has created a Manifesto promoting Accessible Tourism. ENAT is the first international NGO to support the manifesto.

Eight "Greenways" in France, Ireland, UK, Italy and Spain Receive Best Practice Awards
 
The 5th European Greenways Awards for trails built along former railway lines were awarded during the official ceremony in Épinal, the Vosges, (France) during the "15th Rencontres des Départements & Régions Cyclables" de France.


Events
The Economist 3rd CSR Conference. People with Disability and the Right to Inclusion: What is the Role of Anthropocentric Companies?  Athens, Greece. 27/09/2011. The Economist magazine, in association with the National Confederation of Disabled People in Greece, organises the 3rd Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, addressing themes of Employment, Regional Development, Tourism and Information Technologies. ENAT's Managing Director Ivor Ambrose is among the line-up of guest speakers.
Open Meeting and Public Consultation of Joint Report "Accessibility in Built Environment" 28 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium. Following the European Mandate 420 to CEN (European Committee for Standardisation), two teams of experts have prepared a report on European and International accessibility standards in the built environment. The report will be discussed at an Open Meeting at CEN Headquarters.
Accessible Tourism Event at the Spanish Domestic Tourism Fair, Andalucia 
Jaén, 7 October 2011. "Tourism and Accessibility: An Alliance for Quality" is the theme of a special session of presentations addressing current trends and achievements in accessible tourism in Spain and abroad. The event takes place within the eleventh domestic tourism fair in Andalucía, where destinations present their best attractions and offers.  

Pro-ICAT Malaysia: Accessible Tourism Promotes National Development 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25 to 28 November 2011. Pro-ICAT is not only an informative conference but also an exhibition, a photo contest, a convoy and much more. This, the first event of its kind in Malaysia, is organised by Beautiful Gate Foundation for The Disabled, together with Disabled People International Asia Pacific Region, Malaysia Confederation of The Disabled and other disabilities related NGOs.  



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