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4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism, ICAT 2011, Taipei


Dihua Street, Taipei photo by SUN AV CorporationDihua Street, Taipei photo by SUN AV Corporation

Taipei, 11 to 14 April 2011.

Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) and Eden Social Welfare Foundation are delighted to welcome you to attend the 4th International Conference on Accessible Tourism, "ICAT 2011", at NTUH International Convention Center in Taipei Taiwan.

In 2006, we were elected as the chairperson of the Working Committee on Accessible Tourism APDF. Our mission is to promote accessible tourism in the Asia Pacific Region and around the world, our ambition is to turn Taiwan into the pioneer of accessible tourism leading the way in Asia.

We express our gratitude to the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Economic Affairs Board of Foreign Trade, Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei City Government and the New Taipei City Government for their support of the conference.

We are grateful to the international and local experts and speakers for sharing their expertise, knowledge and perspectives.

We are grateful to all delegates for their interest and support for the conference.

Like you, we are looking forward to sharing experiences and discussing country market development opportunities.

President of Eden Social Welfare Foundation

Joan C. Lo, Ph.D

Programme and Further Information

"As every country around the world actively promotes tourism, many elders with movement difficulties and persons with disabilities also want to enrich their lives through travelling experience in domestic and foreign countries. The targeted market of accessible travel is very broad, besides persons with disabilities , pregnant women, infants, children, and senior citizens also need “accessible” vacations."
- Joan C. Lo, Ph.D.

Invited speaker Mrs. Lilian Müller, President of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), will address the delegates on the first day of the conference with a presentation on "Global Trends for Accessible Tourism".

Other distinguished speakers will present Country Accessible Tours from Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Group Discussion Sessions will focus on:

  • Accessible tourism & national economic development.
  • Accessible tourism & the development of human rights, national well being.
  • The construction of friendly living circle (soft and hardware).
  • Accessible transportation and devices.

Accessible Tours in and around Taipei are also included in the 2011 ICAT Programme.

Conference Website

Visit the 2011 ICAT Conference Website to read the Programme, Register and obtain further information.

Visit the website of EDEN Social Welfare Foundation

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