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e-Bulletin No. 28
17 February 2011

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

Here is a round up of recent News and Events published by ENAT.

There are already many important initiatives this year with events and consultations organised by the European Parliament and Commission, a new "Best Practices" textbook for universities, colleges and professionals and an online "Access Training" course for tourism managers and employees.

Upcoming accessible tourism events will be taking place at international tourism fairs in Berlin, Moscow and Vicenza - all featuring ENAT speakers. We hope that you might meet us at one of these events! Presentations made by ENAT speakers are uploaded on the same events pages after each event. 

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Best regards,
Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, ENAT.


Book cover image17/02/2012 "Best Practice in Accessible Tourism" Textbook Now Available Best Practice in Accessible Tourism, edited by Dimitrios Buhalis, Simon Darcy and Ivor Ambrose, focuses on policy and best practice in accessible tourism, reflecting the ”state-of -the-art” as expressed in a selection of international chapters. Available now, at 20% discount.

Algarve beach image16/2/2012 "European Charter for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism" Open for Public Consultation In the framework of the implementation of Action 15 of the 2010 European Commission Communication on Tourism Policy, a stakeholder consultation is open until 20 April 2012. The consultation concerns the first draft text of the Charter, as well as several possible open questions.
Beach and EU stars image10/02/2012 EU Commission Announces New Actions in Support of "Tourism for All" at European Parliament Hearing The European Commission's Head of Unit for "Support to Tourism Industry, CSR, Mutuals and Cooperatives" has announced that 1 million Euros will be allocated to stimulate "Tourism for All" initiatives in 2012.
Tripbod logo27/01/2012 Tripbod Embraces Accessible TourismTourism for All UK is teaming up with the global travel community website The aim is to find as many local people as possible with a knowledge of accessibility in their area to become ‘Tripbods’ and offer their local knowledge to visitors.
University of Valencia logo26/01/2012 Accessible Tourism Award for Polibienestar Research Institute at University of Valencia, Spain The University of Antonio de Nebrija and Fundación ACS have awarded Polibienestar Research Institute with the prize 'Turismo Accesible' (Accessible Tourism) for research on the health benefits of tourism for elderly people.
Image of Azores bullfinches16/1/2012 Inclusive Travel Offers and Services in the Azores by ENAT Member, Cresaçor Cresaçor – Regional Cooperative of Solidary Economy promotes inclusive tourism in the Azores, offering comprehensive vacation packages accessible to people with special needs with accommodation, transport, accommodation and additional services. 
Scandic logo26/12/2011 Scandic Hotels Wins Design Innovation Prize in NorwayThe Norwegian Design Council is behind a new Norwegian prize to reward innovative, accessible and user-friendly solutions. Scandic Oslo Airport won the category "Furniture and Interiors" and was thus automatically nominated for the Innovation Award for Universal Design. In November 2011 Scandic Oslo Airport won by the main prize - the Innovation Award. 
EU flag21/12/2011 European Commission launches public consultation on a European Accessibility Act The European Commission is reflecting on the development of a European Accessibility Act containing measures to improve the accessibility of goods and services in the European market. This consultation is part of the preparatory data collection that will underpin the assessment of the impact of the measures. 
AccessTraining logo13/12/2011 ETCAATS Partners Launch EU Training Course on Accessible Tourism This new, European on-line training course addresses ways of improving tourism businesses and serving customers who have specific access requirements. The course is an "appetizer" for business owners and employees, giving a general introduction to the subject of accessible tourism.

ITB Berlin image ITB Berlin 2012 - Keynote and Panel on Accessible Tourism Berlin, 7 to 11 March 2012. Accessible tourism is a market segment that is underestimated worldwide. Barrier-free offers target not only people with special needs, they are convenient for all travellers. How do you successfully develop the market segment?

InTourMarket logo InTourMarket 2012 Conference on Accessible Tourism 19 March 2012, Moscow. The II International Accessible Tourism Conference is organized by ANTOR, Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Tourism, "Intourmarket 2012" Organizers office and Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) and Russian disability organisations.  
Gitando imageGitando All: Tourism and Leisure Fair 2012 and "Buy Italy for All" 22 to 25 March, 2012. Vicenza, Italy. The Gitando Fair brings together accessible tourism providers and buyers, with presentations, workshops, equipment to see and test, an international conference and the "Buy Italy for All" professional marketplace, organised by Village for All.  
EU flagHearing at the European Parliament on Accessible Tourism Brussels, Belgium 9 February 2012. The Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament is organising this Hearing, with the participation of Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and several tourism enterprises.  
 EU flagOpen Conference on the European Tourism Quality Label Brussels, Belgium 25 January 2012. After several rounds of consultations with actors and stakeholders in the tourism sector, the European Commission invites discussion on the possible shape and implementation of a quality label for European tourism destinations and enterprises.  
Chaisart logoChais'Art. An Exhibition of Graphic Design Work on the Many Facets of Accessibility Brussels, Belgium. From 5 December 2011 to 1 March 2012. The Chais'Art invites you to discover all its facets. The chair is an art: it's still going for us, we're stuck with it, it bends over backwards to take us to the end of the world but we will go only where it goes. 


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