e-Bulletin No. 16
14 December 2009
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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,
I am pleased to send you the 16th Edition of the ENAT e-Bulletin, the last in what has been a busy and productive year for ENAT.
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1. UK Firms Encouraged to Improve Accessibility
New figures released by VisitEngland from the UK Tourism Survey show that overnight trips made by, or accompanied by, someone with a health condition or impairment contributed almost £1bn to the English domestic visitor economy in the first 6 months of the year, accounting for 5.7 million trips in total.
Ross Calladine, Accessibility Project Manager for VisitEngland, says ‘These figures are hugely significant, however, over a quarter of Britons have a long-standing health problem or disability so a huge opportunity still exists to cater for their needs – it doesn’t only make sense morally but economically too. VisitEngland is an ENAT Member.
2. Week Long Celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 to 9 December 2009
Mohammed Al-Taranweh, Chair of the Committee which monitors the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sent out an open letter to member states, NGOs and others, calling for a week of action to raise awareness and bring the laws, policies and practices in line with the Convention.
3. View the short video featuring Mr. Al-Taranweh and other ENAT Members, recorded at the recent ENAT Congress in Vienna. Mr. Al-Taranweh is an Honorary Member of ENAT. View here
4. ENAT Code Gathers Momentum
The ENAT Code of Good Conduct commitment label for accessible tourism is now being taken up by tourism businesses across Europe and other regions of the world. 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. Members can download their own certificate and promotional logos from the Members' Area of the ENAT website. (Go to "My Profile" page).
Read more about the ENAT Code of Good Conduct.
5. European Funding: ENAT Information page updated. Organisations based in Europe can apply to certain European programmes for financial support for projects, scholarships and other activities. Here we have gathered information about Calls for Proposals that may be of interest to ENAT Members. (Members must log-in to the site to view this page). Read more
6. Serbia: 2nd International Conference on Accessible Tourism - Tourism for All
The Second International Conference on Accessible Tourism – Tourism for All was held on 26 to 27 November 2009 in Belgrade. The event was opened by Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, Mr.Goran Petkovic. Other presenters included Prof. Jovan Popesku, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Ms. Sanja Jakovljevic, Advisor at the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Srdjan Dživdžanović, General Secretary of the Association of Travel; Agencies of Serbia, and Mr. Ivor Ambrose, ENAT. The event organiser, UPIK Dunav Association, is a member of ENAT. Read more and download presentations
7. Accessi Tourisme Project
The project Accessi Tourisme is a triennial project of cross-border cooperation on Accessible Tourism, between the Department of Turisme de Catalonia and its counterparts, the Departmental Committee of Eastern Pyrenees Tourism, and the Elsa Integració NGO. The project's objective is to create accessible destinations for target groups of persons with disabilities (motor, visual, auditory and intellectual), in the main territorial localities of the Catalan destinations of the north (Costa Brava, Girona coast, Pirineus, Terres de Lleida, Eastern Pyrenees). Catalunya Turismo and Elsa Integració Association are ENAT Members Read more
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