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New! 20/05/2019 Chinese Experts Visit Madrid, Spain To Learn What Makes A Leading Accessible Tourism Destination

Thanks to the generous support of Booking Cares Fund (Booking.com), 10 Chinese guests will experience the best an accessible tourism destination can offer on a 4-day Study Visit arranged by ENAT - the European Network for Accessible Tourism - and some of its members in Madrid. Thanks to the generous support of Booking Cares Fund (Booking.com), 10 Chinese guests will experience the best an accessible tourism destination can offer on a 4-day Study Visit arranged by ENAT - the European Network for Accessible Tourism - and some of its members in Madrid. The Chinese delegation of disability advocates, researchers and university professors is led by ENAT member, Ms. Xun Ji, founder of “RARE N ROLL” - the hub of accessible tourism in China. In spite of physical challenges, social entrepreneur and change-maker, Ms. Ji, is an avid world traveller and blogger with a large following in China. The aim of this unique tour is to establish closer ties between Chinese, Spanish and international experts and organisations, fostering innovation and new opportunities for developing Chinese inbound, outbound and domestic tourism for visitors with disabilities or other specific access requirements. The Chinese delegation will visit and meet with representatives of key players in Accessible Tourism, including: the Regional Government of Madrid, Madrid Destino, SEGITTUR – The Spanish National Tourism Agency, PREDIF, ILUNION Hotels, Fundación ONCE, the Municipality of Alcala de Henares, Spain Heritage Cities Group, UN World Tourism Organization, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Prado Museum. The Study Visit is arranged in association with local tour operator, Accessible Madrid. Monday's programme also included Guest Speaker and ENAT Member, Mr. Magnus Berglund, Director of Disability at Scandic Hotels, the Nordic countries' largest hotel group. He shared Scandic's motivations and some experiences of staff training, service design and welcoming all guests, which has given Scandic the position of world leader in the hotel sector. Speaking on the first day of the tour, ENAT Managing Director, Ivor Ambrose, said: “Our aim is to promote accessible, inclusive tourism everywhere. With this opportunity to showcase Madrid to Chinese experts from universities, disability organisations and business, we hope to start a positive cycle of change and development in the Chinese tourism sector. Giving the delegates first-hand experience of accessibility in Madrid will show how Spanish authorities, organisations and civil society are working together to reach new levels of customer service in the tourism sector.” Ms. Xun Ji, leading the delegation from China adds: “China is looking to improve all aspects of life for people with disabilities and having the possibility to travel and experience new places and cultures is vital to everyone. We hope this study tour will open up new ideas and new possibilities for collaboration with Spain and Europe in the future”. Chinese delegates include representatives of China Disabled Persons' Federation, the Institute of Accessibility of Tsinghua University Beijing, Fujian Minnan Normal University and the Fujian Provincial Foundation for Self-improving and Helping the Disabled and Needy Students. Ms. Sofie Soares, who leads on Accessibility at Booking.com, participated in the study tour, sharing in the exchange of knowledge with Chinese and Spanish partners. ENAT Non-Profit Association - Reaching Out To The World to Promote Accessible Tourism for All ‘Accessibility for All’ is fast becoming synonymous with the highest quality of customer service the tourism sector can offer. The convergence of Accessible Tourism with ‘the mainstream tourism sector’ was marked at the UNWTO World Tourism Day in September 2016, with a landmark event in Bangkok, Thailand. ENAT was there to highlight the value of accessibility, showcase best practices and point to policies, strategies and tools for development. ENAT members, including National and Regional Tourism Organisations, cities, businesses, researchers and NGOs are now working together to develop frameworks for action, engaging with civil society and using new technologies and social media to reach new levels of customer service in the tourism sector. ENAT aims to make tourism information, venues, transport systems, and services sustainable and inclusive - serving all visitors - and bringing rewards to both visitors and communities alike. Download two Study Tour leaflets in PDF format from the right-hand panel. 0 comments

New! 17/05/2019 Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard For Allergy-friendly Rooms

Scandic is the world’s first hotel group to introduce a standard for allergy-friendly rooms. This means that guests booking allergy-friendly rooms can expect considerations including wooden floors and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association. The rooms are also prepared according to strict cleaning procedures and are not located on floors where pets can stay. The new standard will be part of Scandic’s unique 159-point accessibility standard. 0 comments

New! 02/05/2019 New Accessible Travel Database Announced By German National Tourist Board

Entitled "Travel for All", the database enables the user to search for a wide range of accessible holiday facilities throughout Germany. 0 comments

16/03/2019 European Accessibility Act: A Big Step On A Long Journey

Brussels, 13.3.2019. Press release by European Disability Forum. European Parliament's approval of the Act is positive – but more legislation is essential. 0 comments

09/03/2019 Travelport Launches Global Campaign To Encourage More Support For Airline Passengers With Intellectual Disabilities

Langley, UK 5th March 2019. Campaign allied to the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 targets greater use of the DPNA Special Service Request code, used to alert airlines when a traveler has an intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance. 0 comments

04/03/2019 EU Launches 2020 Edition Of European Capital of Smart Tourism Awards

2nd EU Call to reward innovation and boost smart development of tourism in European Cities. 0 comments

04/03/2019 Open Doors Organization and Aira Partner to Improve Travel and Tourism for People with Vision Loss

US-based Open Doors Organization (ODO) and Aira have joined forces to further the availability of Aira technology in the travel and tourism industries,benefiting individuals with vision loss worldwide. 0 comments

25/02/2019 Everyone Welcome Down By The Sea

Date 25th Feb 2019 – The iconic Blue flag, the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-label for protecting our coasts, has today signed a new partnership with Total Beach Access which will change the face of beaches worldwide, by increasing accessibility and inclusivity for all, at no cost to the public. 0 comments

03/12/2018 DiscoverEU: 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019

Brussels, 29 November 2018. The European Commission is launching a second DiscoverEU competition. From today (12:00 CET) until Tuesday, 11 December (12:00 CET), young people aged 18 can apply for a travel pass to discover Europe next summer. 0 comments

01/12/2018 Seoul Spearheads Global Efforts to Promote Fair and Sustainable Urban Tourism

Seoul, South Korea, September, 2018. During the 7th UNWTO Global Summit and the SIFT Forum 2018, Seoul announced the second edition of the Global Campaign “Fair Travel Living Together" in support of fair and sustainable tourism. 0 comments

09/11/2018 Disappointing Compromise on EU Accessibility Act

The European Disability Forum (EDF) writes: We have political agreement on the European Accessibility Act. It doesn't live up to its name. 0 comments

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New! 04/05/2019 UNWTO Newsletter SDG10 Accessible Tourism, Vol. 1. February 2019

The first SDG Newsletter focuses on SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities. SDG10 aims to empower and promote the social economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. Specifically, the Newsletter focuses on accessible tourism as a key to achieving SDG10.  

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