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e-Bulletin No. 24
20 January 2010



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

Happy New Year to all our Members and Subscribers!

I am pleased to send you e-Bulletin number 24, with the latest ENAT news and information.
This short e-Bulletin is circulated to ENAT Members and Newsletter subscribers, showing a few highlights from the world of accessible tourism.
 
You are always welcome to visit our website for in-depth coverage of accessible tourism news, issues and resources.


If you have news or comments you wish to share, just send them along.  
Best regards,
Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, ENAT.     Email: enat@accessibletourism.org

Events

FITUR 2011 logo  Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR 2011, with the Participation of ENAT Members  
 Tourism promotion agencies, operators, hotels, travel agencies, consultancies and experts in international tourism management and development meet in Madrid for Fitur.   Among other enterprises and organisations, the Spanish Accessible Tourism Network, Red Estable will be an exhibitor at Fitur for the first time.

flag of Austria  ENTER 2011 Conference: Accessibility of ICTs and Travel information
Innsbruck, Austria, 26 to 28 January, 2011. ENTER 2011 is the 18th Annual Conference of the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (ifitt). At this high profile event ENAT presents a session dedicated to the theme of Accessibility of ICTs for the Travel and Tourism sector.

CEN logo
 CEN Seminar on Standardization in the Tourism Sector (Past Event - Presentations are now available). 
A Seminar for tourism stakeholders was convened by the European Standards Committee, CEN, in order to discuss the possible need for new standards in the tourism sector. ENAT Managing Director Ivor Ambrose was one of the invited speakers and presented a summary of a recent study on Accessible Tourism Standards in Europe.
 
News
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 European Union Ratifies UN Convention on Disability Rights The EU has - for the first time -  become a party to an international human rights treaty: the United Nation's (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The Convention aims to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy their rights on an equal basis with all other citizens - including access to tourism and leisure (Article 30).
VisitEngland logo
 VisitEngland Launches Online "Access Statement" Tool for Tourism Businesses
VisitEngland, the national tourist board of England, has launched a new online tool aimed to help businesses cater better for visitors with access needs. Downloadable templates are available for different types of businesses. 

Logo Avila City walls
 The First European Accessible City Award Goes to Ávila, Spain
 Ávila, whose motto is "A City for Everyone" is a Spanish city known widely for its medieval walls. The city won the first-ever European award for improving access for people with disabilities, the Accessâ—ŹCity Award 2011.
books image New Book. Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues
Accessible Tourism has been gradually finding its way into the curricula of university courses in Tourism Management, Disability Studies and related disciplines around the world. This new publication, an edited collection of contributions by leading researchers and practitioners in this emerging field, answers the need for a solid and comprehensive textbook for teachers, students, researchers and professionals.
Forums
flag of European Union Give Your Feedback on the European Commission Disability Strategy 2010-2020
On 15th November the EU Commission published its 10 year strategy to  promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities. The strategy will provide a framework for action at European level. Download the Commission's Communication here and give your comments to ENAT, either online or via email.
  
ENAT logo small ENAT Position Paper on the European Commission Tourism Policy Communication 2010
Read ENAT's comments on the EC Tourism Communication  (COM2010) 352 final. ENAT calls on the European Commission to give much stronger support for accessible tourism policies and actions within the EU tourism strategy. ENAT also offers its network of members and the expertise they possess for future collaboration in EU coordinated actions in this area.      


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