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ENAT Members, Šent and Kéroul Receive UNWTO's Ulysses Awards for Innovation in Promoting Accessible Tourism

23/05/2011 | 0 comments


UNWTO Ulysses Award logoThe UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Awards are given in recognition for Innovation and Application of Knowledge in Tourism Governance.

ENAT warmly congratulates Šent, the Slovenian Association for Mental Health and Kéroul, Canada on each receiving this prestigious award in recognition of their innovative work. 

Recognition is given in the following categories:

  • The UNWTO Ulysses Prize awards a distinguished scholar for an outstanding contribution to knowledge in tourism.
  • The UNWTO Ulysses Awards are granted to:
    • A project of a public institution (government, public-private partnership, etc.) for innovation in tourism,
    • A project of a tourism enterprise for innovation in tourism,
    • A project of a non-profit organization (NGO, civil society, etc.) for innovation in tourism.

In awarding these prizes, the UNWTO seeks to recognize and stimulate innovative knowledge creation, dissemination and application in the area of tourism and to bring to light the latest advances in this area, which has a transversal effect on governance and society at large.

The list of Ulysses prize and award winners is given in a UNWTO Press Release (9 May 2011).


The awards ceremony will be held during the Gala Dinner of the ‘UNWTO Algarve Forum on Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice’ (1-3 June 2011) in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Šent, the Slovenian Association for Mental Health wins an Award For Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

By Dolores Kores and Mr. Nace Kovac, Ljublana, 12 May 2011.

We are very proud to inform you that Šent, the Slovenian Association for Mental Health, won a special Ulysses Award given by the World Tourism Organisation UNWTO for innovations in Non-Governmental Organizations. 

UNWTO has awarded the PREMIKI project for development of accessible tourism in Slovenia.

Šent has developed the field of accessible tourism since 2006 and the PREMIKI project is the result of four different international projects: NETMEN, E.T, ITTI and TURAG4ALL.

Results of the projects are visible in the Premiki Institute which is a social enterprise that tries to develop, promote and make tourism in Slovenia more accessible.  The Ulysses Award is a great recognition of our work and at the same time also a big stimulation to continue working in this field.

(To read the full text, download the PDF attachment from the right-hand panel in English or Slovenian).

Kéroul receives the United Nations World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO's) prestigious Ulysses Award for "The Accessible Road"

Claudette Vachon, Communication Department, Kéroul

Montreal, May 18, 2011

Developed by Kéroul, The Accessible Road was recently conferred the Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This prize recognizes innovative tourism projects that contribute substantially to the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals.

"The Accessible Road guide to Québec has set the bar in the development of accessible tourism for all, and is now cited as a model in international forums," says Kéroul Founder, President and CEO André Leclerc. "Let's not forget that persons with limited physical ability account for approximately 15% of the population in the Western world, and that this number will only continue to rise given the aging population. So now it’s a matter of markets: these people are active, they travel with family and friends, and they are looking to have fun. They will opt for the tourist and cultural establishments that are equipped to meet their needs and for which information is readily available. That's precisely where The Accessible Road comes in: providing this clientele with information on the destinations that are prepared to accommodate them. And these are loyal customers who will keep going back to those places that offer a hospitable welcome."

The Accessible Road is a listing of 170 tourist and cultural establishments in 13 different tourist regions throughout the province that are adapted to the needs of persons with physical limitations and whose staff have received training from Kéroul. More than 1,250 of these establishments' employees have obtained Welcoming Ways certification.

Kéroul would like to thank the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec and Canada Economic Development for their financial support, as well as the regional tourism associations, businesses and their employees who partnered with Kéroul in the development of The Accessible Road.

Check out The Accessible Road or order your free copy online at

ENAT Member logo We are proud to note that  Šent ( PREMIKI Project) and Kéroul are both Associate Members of ENAT

The UNWTO is an Honorary Associate Member of ENAT

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General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): UNWTO, Šent and Kéroul
Language(s): EN | SLO


Publisher: UNWTO, Šent and Kéroul
Date published on the web: 09/05/2011


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