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Learning and training in ‘Tourism for All’ are under the spotlight at the final EU Conference organised by the APP TOUR YOU partnership.

All tourism sector actors and stakeholders are welcome to learn about the on-line open learning course developed by APP TOUR YOU, the first MOOC on accessible tourism worldwide.

The conference will share training experiences and review the learning and skills requirements for accessible, inclusive tourism services, with contributions from the European Commission, tourist boards, businesses, trainers and accessible tourism experts.

Participants are invited to a Networking Buffet Lunch from 13:15 to 14:00 hours.

Date:             Tuesday 27 June 2017, from 10:00 to 13:15 hours, followed by a buffet lunch.

Venue:           BTC Belgian Development Agency, "Espace Jacqmotte", Rue Haute, 139.  1000 Brussels, Belgium

Main topics:   ‘Tourism for All’, eLearning and training for Tourism SMEs and Accessible Tourism Destinations.

Please register here.

DRAFT PROGRAMME

 

09.30

 Registration and coffee

10.00
Session 1

 Welcome & Introduction: The Importance of Training in ‘Tourism for All’
 Moderator: Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director, ENAT 

10.00

 Anna Grazia Laura, President of ENAT and APP TOUR YOU Project Manager

10.10

 Girma Anuskeviciute, European Commission DG GROW, Tourism Unit

10.20

 Chris McCoy, VisitScotland, ENAT NTOs’ Learning Group

10.35

 Efi Kalampoukidou, President, Federation of European Tourist Guides Associations

10.50

 Geneviève Delefortrie, VisitFlanders

11.05

 INAIL – Superabile:  Disability, accessibility and Sports  (Speaker tbc)

11.20

 European Tourism Manifesto. European Travel Commission, (Speaker tbc)

11.30

 Xun Ji, disabled blogger on Accessible Tourism 

11.40

 Chris Veitch, Access New Business - UK Disability Champion for the Tourism Industry

11.50

 Magnus Berglund, Director of Accessibility, Scandic Hotels, Sweden   

12.00
Session 2

 Round-up by the APP TOUR YOU Partners

12.00

 Anna Grazia Laura & Emiliano Deferrari, TANDEM.  Summing up of the project activities and results by the project coordinator

12.10

 Dr. Ákos Niklai, President of Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association and Vice President,
HOTREC.
“Positive outcomes for stakeholders”

12.20

 Montse Solé, Directorate General for Tourism, Government of Catalunya. Engaging with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.  

12.30

 Sylvana Mestre, Play and Train Association, Barcelona. MOOC experiences.  

12.40

 What’s next? ASM, Poland

12.50

 Benefits of accessible tourism for EU Member States.  INCIPIT and PREMIKI, Italy

13.00

 Conclusions: Ivor Ambrose, ENAT

13.15

 Close

VisitScotland Hosts European Access Experts for Business Learning Event.

As Team GB’s Paralympic athletes return from Rio with a record haul of gold medals, the importance of accessible tourism will today (Tuesday 20 September) come under the spotlight in Edinburgh.

Representatives of more than 20 tourism organisations from around Europe will gather in Scotland’s capital to raise the level of accessible tourism expertise across the continent.

Jointly organised by the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), VisitScotland and VisitFlanders, the ‘Aiming for Inclusive Growth’ forum is designed to share best practice.

Bringing together the most experienced countries and regions in the field of accessible tourism, the event will give participants the chance to present their policies and achievements, as well as share ideas on how to raise their game in the years ahead.

Items on the agenda will include discussion on an overall strategy for accessible tourism development, industry engagement and customer engagement.

Last year, Scotland’s accessible tourism market was estimated to be worth more than £1.3 billion. To capitalise on this market and make it easier for visitors to identify businesses which can cater for their access requirements, VisitScotland and VisitEngland have been developing a new website which will not only help businesses create their own Accessibility Guide but also allow visitors to search and locate suitable venues for their holiday.

Guest speakers at the two-day event in the Apex Grassmarket Hotel include Chris McCoy, Equality and Diversity Manager at VisitScotland, Kiki MacDonald, founder of the accessible review website Euan’s Guide, and Charlotte Vella, Accessibility Officer at VisitParis.

For more information on accessible tourism in Scotland, go towww.visitscotland.org/accessible-tourism.aspx

Link to the event: Aiming for Inclusive Growth

As a recognition of the efforts made by the destinations who participated and completed the 2 ETIS pilot phases, the European Commission will be giving these awards to some of the most successful destinations which have worked towards a more sustainable management approach, paying particular attention to accessibility and environmental issues.