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Accessible Tourism in Europe

Event date:03/12 > 04/12/2013

Building Charlemagne
Rue de la loi 170 - 100 Brussels - (Belgium)


You can watch the two days conference online



The European Commission - DG Justice and DG Enterprise and Industry – will celebrate on 3 and 4 December 2013, the "European Day of Persons with Disabilities" and the "European Tourism Day" 2013 with the Joint Conference on “Accessible Tourism in Europe''. As every year the European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference is organised in cooperation with the European Disability Forum.

The aim of this two-fold event is to raise awareness on the right of everybody to have equal access to tourism
services and destinations and to present some success stories and best practices in the field.

Tourism is an important source of growth for the economy in Europe, representing today 1.8 million businesses and approximately 9.7 million jobs. However, travelling can still be a real challenge for some people as finding the
information on services, checking luggage on a plane, booking an accessible room often prove to be difficult,
costly and time consuming.

The conference is part of the EU’s wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in line with the
 EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

On 3 December the discussion will take a closer look at access and accessibility for tourists and residents from
the users' perspective. The conference will show examples of good practices of Tourism for All,
and possible solutions for the obstacles most frequently encountered.

On 4 December the conference will cover the practical, political and economic aspects of these issues, focusing on
 how to overcome barriers that are limiting the potential of a more open Europe to international tourism and
benefit from the tourism industry.

Ms. Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, will chair the
Access City Award 2014 on 3rd December.

Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Entrepreneurship and Industrial Policy, will conclude the joint event on 4th December.

Interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Sign Language.

Registration is mandatory and only by invitation

Speakers' presentations, 3 December, Let's Go Accessible: in Tourism, in City Life: