Call for Papers: III International Congress on Tourism for All, November 2010, Spain
Valladolid, Spain. 24-26 November 2010. (Updated) The ONCE Foundation for co-operation and inclusion of disabled people invites you to participate at the 3rd International Congress on Tourism for All, addressing the main theme of Cultural Tourism.
This event is organised with the special co-operation of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT).
Congress participants will be public administrations, companies and users of products and services related to tourism, as well as all those people and institutions interested in knowing the current and future state of Tourism for All.
Congress Theme: Cultural Tourism
The main theme of the 3rd International Congress of Tourism for All is Cultural Tourism, and the Congress is therefore aimed at professionals in the cultural sector wishing to enhance their participation in the tourism sector, and has as its main goal that of establishing Universal Accessibility and Design for All, with which to promote inclusion of people with special needs.
In a broad sense Culture is a mainstay of tourism, especially if we consider tourism as more than a leisure activity and return to its origins as curiosity and the need to know and discover new things.
If we consider cultural tourism as what tourists do when they consume any cultural product, be it at the cinema or at the theatre, be it dance or music, or literature, the number of cultural tourists increases sharply.
Spanish tourism has traditionally been characterised by the offer of sun and beach. However, over the past 15 years competition has increased from countries such as Croatia and Turkey, which, like Spain, are able to offer sun and beach destinations. That’s why, in order to maintain its leading position as a player in the global tourism market, Spain has decided to diversify its tourist offer, branching out into cultural tourism, for example.
We can all be consumers of different tourist options in diverse circumstances. Within the same journey, the multiplicity of interests and consumption may be great. While very few people, for instance, only visit museums, the vast majority of travellers combine different kinds of activities on the same journey. Prices would seem to greatly influence the consumer’s decision regarding tourism options.
The following factors make Spain a great cultural tourism destination:
- The diversity of offers
- The quality of resources
- The broad market of potential customers
- The high level of quality.
One of the main goals of Fundación ONCE is to ensure the full inclusion of disabled people in all areas of our society. Making access to cultural tourism easier for disabled people helps them get to know the culture of the place they are visiting. On the other hand, incorporating Design for All into the new cultural tourism offerings makes more people aware of the importance of Design for All and Universal Accessibility.
Submission of Proposals (Note: Extended deadline!)
Papers related to topics of the Congress are to be submitted, either as abstracts or in full, by 18 June 2010.
The length of the proposal shall not exceed 1,000 words and must be written in an accessible version in Spanish or English.
Proposals are to be submitted to the Programme Committee at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracts due: 18 June 2010
Notification to authors: 30 June 2010
Official Languages of the Congress
Spanish Sign Language interpreters will be available.
Participation can be as follows:
- Exhibition stands for tourism-related leisure and cultural products and services. (Written proposal required),
- Workshops. (Written proposal required),
- Presentation of research and projects, completed or otherwise, to exchange experiences. (Written proposal required).
Visit the Congress Webpage
In case you would like to get further information about past editions, please visit the following link, where you may check the programme of the two previous editions of the congress which took place in 2005 and 2007:
Visitor information: Valladolid Turismo
Fundación ONCE is a Founding Member of ENAT.