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e-Bulletin No. 25
14 April 2011

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

Here is e-Bulletin number 25 with a brief round-up of the latest news and information from ENAT.
You are always welcome to visit our website for in-depth coverage of accessible tourism news, events, issues and resources.

If you have news or comments you wish to share, please send them along.  

Important Notice to ENAT Full Members:
Please reserve Wednesday 18th April for the ENAT Annual General Assembly, taking place in Brussels from 09.30 to 11.30 at the Tourism Flanders Info Point (meeting rooms), Grasmarkt.
Additional information and the Meeting Agenda will be sent to you by email.   We look forward to meeting you there.

Best regards,
Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, ENAT.     Email:


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 Ostrava, Czech Republic, 5 and 6 May, 2011. ATHENA Project. Final Meeting and Accessible Tourism Dissemination Seminar. This event is the final evaluation meeting within the ATHENA project, as a joint activity of ENAT representatives and other ENAT members concerning development and coordination of training programmes to enhance accessible tourism.

 Belgian flag16 to 17 May 2011. High-Level International Seminar on Accessible Tourism for Tourist Boards and DMOs. Organised by ENAT, this seminar aims to give added impetus to Tourist Boards and DMOs that are spearheading the development of accessible tourism, helping them to develop their business, role and reputation as sector leaders, regionally, nationally or internationally.
A few places are still available. Max 15 persons. Register now.

  UK flag London, UK, 8 June 2011. UK Conference: A Market to Win.  This conference, for Senior Marketing, Sales and Business Development & Owner Managers in the UK Hospitality and Tourism Industry, will demonstrate how a focus on exceptional customer service, accurate information and clear leadership can open up a whole new market for your business. Organised by ENAT Member, "Tourism for All, UK"

  Hungarian flag Lake Balaton, Hungary, 23 to 30 July and 30 July to 6 August, 2011. International Camps for Families and Youth  ENAT Member, Skagerrak Tours offers two programmes: one for families with children with disability to get together, enjoy the beach and share experience or make international friendship, and the second an International Youth Camp, both based at Zánka Holiday Center, Lake Balaton.


Bulgarian flag New Cluster for Accessible Tourism is Formed to Promote "Bulgaria for All".
As a result of the activities of the Foundation " Ne spirai / Don’t Stop”, an ENAT Member, the "Cluster for Accessible Tourism (CAT)” was founded this April, with the core purpose of promoting business and development of accessible tourism in Bulgaria with the brand "Bulgaria for All". "Ne spirai” is the first ENAT Member from Bulgaria.

ENAT mini-logoTaiwan Can Do More to Create Barrier-free Environment, says President Ma Ying-jeou Speaking at the 4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism in Taipei, Ma said Taiwan was working to create an environment where the physically challenged, senior citizens, and children could enjoy an accessible vacation. ENAT President Lilian Müller, as one of the invited speakers, presented the European perspective on accessible tourism in the opening session.      

Spanish flagEUROTAXI "White Paper" Presented in Spain.
The Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI) and ENAT founding Member, ONCE Foundation presented the Eurotaxi White Paper "A Taxi for All" in Málaga on 2nd February 2011. The paper analyzes the main issues and action lines for the design of taxis and implementation of accessible taxi services in all Spanish municipalities. 

image  of buhalis-darcy book New Book. Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues  - Have you got your copy yet? Accessible Tourism is now finding its way into university and college courses in Tourism Management, Disability Studies and related disciplines around the world. This new publication, edited by Dimitrios Buhalis and Simon Darcy is a collection of contributions by leading researchers and practitioners; invaluable for university teachers and students and full of useful insights and lessons for professionals.

Articles, Interviews, Forums

ENAT mini-logoTo Infinity and Beyond: Advances in Accessibility in the Tourism Industry Tourism is dedicated to catering for the preferences of a wide range of customers, but genuinely inclusive travel, whether for business or for leisure, can be hard to find. Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director of ENAT sets out key issues and case studies showing inclusive tourism in action. Sandra Cooper describes her stay in an exceptional destination in Germany. (Journal Article re-printed with permission from Centre for Accessible Environments, UK).  

UN WTO Logo ENAT Highlights Need for UNWTO Associates to Develop Their Accessible Tourism Policies Accessible tourism and the increasing demand for expertise in this area by national tourist authorities, were among the topics discussed by ENAT representatives and the UN World Tourism Organisation, during their recent meeting at UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid.

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A Turning Point in the Future of Accessible Travel - Commentary by Bill Forrester, ENAT Member. "We are at a critical turning point in the future of Accessible Tourism. Over the past 20 years the advocacy concentration has been on breaking down the physical barriers that were preventing people with a disability the basic right of access to their favourite holiday destinations.... [Now] access has improved to a point where today most people have almost unlimited options of accessible tourist destinations. So why are we at a turning point? While the emphasis on accessible facilities has seen a major improvement in physical accessibility the basic culture within the travel industry has failed to move beyond a compliance model...."


flag of European Union Give Your Feedback on the European Commission Disability Strategy 2010-2020
On 15th November 2010 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 and give your comments to ENAT, either online or via email.

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