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High-Level International Seminar on Accessible Tourism for Tourist Boards and DMOs


Grand Place, Brussels photo by CherouvimGrand Place, Brussels. Photo by Cherouvim

Brussels, 16 to 17 May 2011. Organised by ENAT, this seminar aims to give added impetus to Tourist Boards and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) that are spearheading the development of accessible tourism, helping them to develop their business, role and reputation as sector leaders, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Seminar will be held at the premises of the host organisation, Tourism Flanders, Grasmarkt, (off Grand Place), Brussels, Belgium.

Facilitated by ENAT Board Members and invited speakers, the seminar will include interactive sessions where all participants may present and discuss experiences and issues which they wish to share. The number of participants will be restricted to no more than 15 persons, in order to ensure satisfactory conditions for dialogue and discussion.

Places will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis.

To Register, please fill in and return the Registration Form in the WORD file which can be downloaded from the right-hand column.

About the Seminar

Date & Time:
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May 2011.
Monday, starts with lunch (from 12:00 - 13:00 hours) until 17:00 hours. Tuesday from 09:00 until 14:00.

The aim of the seminar is to give added impetus to those Tourist Boards and DMOs that are spearheading the development of accessible tourism, helping them to develop their business, role and reputation as sector leaders, whether this is regionally, nationally or internationally. The seminar will deliver in-depth knowledge to every participant and encourage open discussion and development of new ideas. An ENAT "Special Interest Group" for Tourist Boards and DMOs may be formed if the participants wish to develop common actions or exchange information through a common platform, further on.

Organisation/Programme & Facilitation:
The Programme will be developed by ENAT Executive Board Members.

2 or 3 persons from the ENAT Board will provide specially prepared presentations and act as facilitators. Invited marketing and business development experts from leading European Tourist Boards will participate throughout the Seminar.   

The Seminar will be held at the Tourism Flanders building, Grasmarkt, (off Grand Place), Brussels. The Director of Tourism Flanders will open the Seminar and staff from Tourism Flanders will also participate in the event.

Seminar language: English

Programme (provisional)*

• Introduction by ENAT. Tourist Boards' & DMOs' achievements and challenges in the accessible tourism field
• Participants' (short) presentations
• Challenges, opportunities and review of "best practices", tools and methods
• Visit to Tourism Flanders Info Point
• Question time
• Proposal for Accessible Tourism Development: Targets, Strategies and Actions
• Discussion
• Conclusions

Possibility for Dinner together on Monday evening.

* Participants may suggest topics for the Seminar when registering.

The Seminar is exclusively open to managerial level staff of Tourist Boards / Authorities / DMOs responsible for Accessible Tourism planning, marketing and business development.
Maximum 15 persons.
Places will be allocated on “first come, first served” basis.

• Proposal for an Accessible Tourism Development Framework: Targets, Strategies and Actions.
• Strengthened networking ties with colleagues.
• All presentations and conclusions will be delivered to participants in digital format after the event.
• Possible ENAT Special Interest Group for Tourist Boards and DMOs.

Travel costs:
Transport to/from Brussels and accommodation must be covered by the participants.
Tourism Flanders will recommend good value hotels close to the venue.

Course fee:
€ 375 per person (may be adjusted, depending on number of participants, but in principle the event will be 'not-for-profit').

10% discount for ENAT Members.

Course fees will cover the costs of organisation, speakers, facilitation, materials, refreshments, chocolates and light lunches.

We look forward to engaging with a select group of participants for a lively and rewarding seminar on the latest developments and new directions in managing accessible tourism.   

For enquiries please use the ENAT Contact page

ENAT logo Tourism Flanders is an ENAT Associate Member