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ENAT Wishes all its Members and Readers a Very Happy and Successful New Year

31/12/2008 | 0 comments

The ENAT Board sends New Year's greetings to members and visitors to our website.

In 2009 we will continue to support your efforts to make tourism accessible for all, by offering publicity and events, promoting inclusive tourism policies and sharing information and good practices.

ENAT 2009 Calendar

Image of ENAT 2009 CalendarThe ENAT 2009 Calendar has been sent by post to ENAT Members. 

The twelve photos shown in the calendar were selected from entries submitted by our Members, both in Europe and from other countries around the world.

This year’s photos were chosen to reflect the fact that 2009 is the “European Year of Creativity and Innovation” – two characteristics which undoubtedly feature strongly in accessible tourism.

Download the ENAT 2009 Calendar to keep a cheerful, everyday reminder that accessible tourism is our path and our destination!

ENAT 2009 Calendar in PDF format

New Activities in 2009

Throughout the year ENAT will be launching several initiatives:

  • From 1st January, ENAT will lead a new, 18-month, project on “Competitiveness for European Tourism for All” (acronym, CETA). The project is co-funded by the European Commission Enterprise and Industry Directorate General (Tourism Unit) and will deliver specially tailored information about accessibility and sustainability to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the tourism sector. A ‘kick-off’ event will take place in Slovenia in February. Watch for the kick-off date and further project details on the CETA page of the ENAT website.

  • All ENAT Members will be asked to sign up to the “ENAT Code of Good Conduct”, to show their commitment to providing information, facilities and services which make tourism accessible for all visitors. Signed-up members will have their contact details and business (or related activities) listed on a dedicated ENAT web page and they will receive a window sticker, certificate and electronic logo, which can be used for publicity and marketing purposes.

  • ENAT will develop advisory services to our members, especially focussing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the requirements it places on the tourism sector.

  • ENAT will continue to promote good practices in accessible tourism and participate, wherever possible, in local, regional, national and international projects to support equal access for all persons to tourism and leisure services.
  • We welcome you to join us at the ENAT International Congress on Accessible Tourism for All which will take place in Vienna, Austria, on 30 September - 1 October 2009. An Open Call for Papers will be published on our website in January. The conference is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, which is responsible for strategic tourism policy in Austria. The organiser is IBFT Pro Worker, the ENAT National Coordinator for Austria. ENAT members will be entitled to a reduced particpation fee.

Members and site visitors are welcome to contact the ENAT Secretariat or the ENAT National Coordinators with enquiries, news, or requests.

Let us know what you like or what you are missing, so we can serve you better!

Happy New Year!

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General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): Ivor Ambrose
Language(s): EN


Publisher: ENAT
Date published on the web: 31/12/2008