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Enat- Global Forum on Accessible Cities

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A Global Forum on Accessible Cities held in Turin (Italy) on 16th and 17th June 2011 bringing together experts, representatives of European disabilities groups, architects and town planning experts involved in promoting the accessibility of people with disabilities people. The Conference was organised by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD), The World Bank and the League of Historical and Accessible Cities (LHAC). On the occasion of the conference, Fondazione CRT also hosted the League of Historical and Accessible Cities meeting.

The first day of the conference was devoted to the analysis and presentation of the general framework regarding accessibility from an international and multidisciplinary perspective. Interesting contributions were made, amongst others, by Donata Vivanti (Vice-President, European Disability Forum), Richard C. Duncan (Executive Director of the R. L. Mace University Design Institute of North Carolina, USA), Akiko Ito (Chief of the United Nations Global Program on Disability), Maria Veronica Reina (Executive Director, GPDD), Aleksandra Posarac (Team Leader, World Bank), Ivor Ambrose (Managing Director of the European Network for Accessible Tourism - ENAT), Gerald Craddock (Irish Centre for Excellence in Universal Design), Katerina Papamichail (Head of Architectural Studies Department, Workers’ Housing Organisation, Greece), and Gerry Salole (Chief Executive Officer of the EFC)

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Enat- Global Forum on Accessible Cities

  1. 1. Travel and Tourism for AllMr. Ivor Ambrose, Managing DirectorEuropean Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)Global Forum on Accessible CitiesFondazione CRT, Torino, 16th June 2011 1
  2. 2. Overview1. Who needs accessible travel and tourism?2. Accessible Tourism in Europe: Challenges and Trends a. Market Potential b. Demographics & Human Rights c. The Business Case – Examples of Good Practices3. Spotlight on Policies and Actions for Accessible Cities 2
  3. 3. Part 1.Who needs accessible travel and tourism? Toegankelijkheidsbureau vzw. Belgium 3
  4. 4. When do customers needaccessible tourism?Throughout the “visitor journey” and the whole valuechain! National Conference on The Right to Access for Persons With Disabilities To the Built Environment and Transportation, Design for All
  5. 5. Demand SupplyAccess requirements: Accessible provisions in: • Travel offers • Information (www…) • Booking • Transport • Accommodation• Hearing impairments • Frail, elderly • Facilities• Visual impairments • Small children • Diet meals• Wheelchair users • Long-term illness • Attractions• Walking difficulties • Service animal • Excursions, activities• Allergies / Diets • Understanding the language • Care Services• Small or large stature• Learning difficulties Right to National Conference on Disabilities The Access for Persons With To the Built Environment and Transportation, Design for All
  6. 6. Tourism Services Accessible… throughout entire delivery chain • Information - search, bookings, Websites, mobile… • Transport - vehicles, terminals, transfers, assistance… • Infrastructure - attractions, accommodation restaurants, streets, beaches… •Services - hospitality, packages, guiding, excursions, special menus, activities, tech-aids, assistance…
  7. 7. The Problem: For visitors • Travel for people with disabilities is unpredictable, difficult or sometimes even impossible • Quality of infrastructure, transport, services, and information varies widely from place to place as well as between EU Member States • Lack of access standards increases uncertainty, reduces travel options and allows a lack of accountability to prevail.
  8. 8. The Problem: For the tourism industry • The accessible tourism market is relatively unknown and it seems difficult to attract with existing channels. • Visitors’ needs and requirements are unknown or misunderstood. Therefore the market is avoided. • Investment costs are misunderstood, exaggerated • Access is seen mainly as a ”problem” rather than a ”golden opportunity”.
  9. 9. Quiz time!
  10. 10. … can you see it?
  11. 11. Part 2.Accessible Tourism in Europe: Challenges and Trends a. Demographics and Market Potential b. Human Rights c. The Business Case – Good Practices 17
  12. 12. DemographicsDemographic ageing in Europe … Age pyramid
  13. 13. DemographicsDemographic ageing in Europe… Age pyramid?Link: Ageing and Disability
  14. 14. Prevalence of disability and long-standinghealth problems by age (Europe) National Conference on The Right to Access for Persons With Disabilities To the Built Environment and Transportation, Design for All
  15. 15. Demand for accessible tourism in Europe40 % over 65 years with disabilities and long-term health difficulties 37.135 34 32 32.4 30.4 30.6 29.1 29.5 30.330 28.6 28.2 26.3 25.2 25.7 24.525 23.5 23.8 22.9 23.2 22 20.4 19.420 18.6 18.6 17.61510 5 National Conference on 0 The Right to Access for Persons With Disabilities SK MT RO CY To the Built Environment and Transportation, Design for All LT LU HU IE ES IT NO AT GR DE DK CZ SI BE PT SE NL EE FR UK FI
  16. 16. Potential market for accessible tourism in Europe • If: 70% of the population that requires accessible tourism provisions has both the physical and the financial means to travel. – The potential travel market is: > 89 million • But: – people with accessibility needs seldom travel alone: – With a multiplier effect for friends and family members: x 1.5 • Then the general demand for accessible tourism is: 127.5 million persons • Which is 27% of the European population
  17. 17. Total potential travel market in Europe: > 133 million tourists National Conference on The Right to Access for Persons With Disabilities To the Built Environment and Transportation, Design for All
  18. 18. Total potential travel market in Europe: > €89 billion National Conference on The Right to Access for Persons With Disabilities To the Built Environment and Transportation, Design for All
  19. 19. In brief: 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Like “Design-for-All”, Essential Desirable Good to have …accessible tourism provisions are: Essential for at least 10% of the population Desirable for 40% Good for 100%
  20. 20. A Matter of Human RightsThe rights of persons with disabilities to equal participation in society must be respected by travel and tourism providers• Overall strengthening of rights in EU states with legal powers• Europe has signed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities• The European Commission has proposed a Regulation on equal access to goods and services for disabled people.• Tourism providers must be equipped with the confidence and ability to meet their legal responsibilities.
  21. 21. Business Case• Good Practices in accessible tourism are found in many EU member States.• The important thing is to learn from them and to improve, by following the good examples.• Projects and Good Practices on the ENAT website: http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.projects 27
  22. 22. Business Case• “VisitEngland” is the national tourist board for England, responsible formarketing England to domestic and established overseas markets and forimproving England’s tourism product.• It provides advice to tourism enterprises, publishes market data andpromotes England as a destination.• The 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games in London are the focus ofmany initiatives to improve accessibility – and not only in London.• Compliance with the UK Disability Discrimination Act impacts the sector. http://www.visitengland.org/ 28
  23. 23. Business Case In 2009 the UK Visitor Survey asked: • Do you or does anyone travelling with you have a disability or a long-term health problem? 11% of all visitors answered “yes”. Disabled visitors contributed almost £2bn to the English domestic visitor economy in 2009. (11% of total spending) Disabled visitors stay longer and spend more per visit, on average. http://www.visitengland.org/ 29
  24. 24. Business Case Great BritainAccessibility information on tourist-travel booking websites• In Britain, over 7000 hotels and Bed & Breakfast establishments publishaccessibility information on their websites, enabling customers to find out whatto expect before they book.• The access information is collected as part of the VB Quality Scheme, usingthe access audit questions developed by the EU-funded OSSATE project(“One-Stop-Shop for Accessible Tourism in Europe”) www.ossate.org• Web statistics have shown that in 2010, sites which display accessinformation achieve 25% more “click-through-to-booking” than siteswhich have no access information. http://www.visitbritain.org/ 30
  25. 25. Business Case EUROTAXI – White Paper 2011 1. Design and development of a Taxi for All customers 2. A national support programme for procurement of accessible taxis 3. Development of systems of taxi concessions and services at Municipal level 4. Industrial production programme, cost reduction, standards. http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.news.1118 31
  26. 26. Business Case Spain Spanish Provinces: provision of taxis per 1,000 inhabitants3. http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.news.1118 ________________ shows national average: 1.5 taxis per 1,000 inhabitants 32
  27. 27. Business CaseEUROTAXI http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.news.1118 33
  28. 28. Business Case SpainEUROTAXI: procurement > service > requirementStage 1. Public-private support for technical development and procurementStage 2. Service development and increasing customer use / demandStage 3. Legislated targets and full implementation in specified communities2017 – Status review http://www.accessibletourism.org/?i=enat.en.news.1118 34
  29. 29. Business Case PortugalAccessible Portugal Travel Agency1. SME – small beginnings, fast growth2. Inclusive holidays for people with disabilities, families and friends3. Entrepreneur and Tourism Awards4. “Accessible Destination” development partner http://www.accessibleportugal.com/ 35
  30. 30. Business CasePortugal http://www.accessibleportugal.com/ 36
  31. 31. Business CasePortugal Accessible Portugal is contributing to: Infrastructure analysis & access upgrading, Information, Activities, Services, Events, Marketing, and ENAT Access Certification http://www.accessibleportugal.com/ 37
  32. 32. Part 3.Spotlight on Policies and Actions forAccessible Cities 38
  33. 33. Incentives, Marketing, Awards… ENAT Code of Good Conduct Accessible Tourism Standards development ENAT Accessible Tourism Certification EU Access City awards EU EDEN Destinations of Excellence Awards UNWTO Ulysses Awards 39
  34. 34. Campaigns and initiatives EU Passenger Rights EDF Freedom of Movement EU Europa Nostra EU Calypso Social Tourism 40
  35. 35. Networks and Projects eAccessplus ICT and Web Access League of Historical and Accessible Cities European Greenways Association Eurocities and more… 41
  36. 36. Areas for development Enterprise level Cities and Destinations Regions Countries Global regions: Europe, Asia, North & South America,Australasia, Africa 42
  37. 37. ENAT -Strategic developments UNWTO – ENAT – Fundación ONCE • Accessible Tourism Guidelines for States + Enterprises • Training - Themis Foundation • Employment insertion of persons with disabilities OECD Programme for Tourism • Actions for Accessible Tourism development EU Tourism Strategy 2010 – 2020 • Requires accessibility tourism mainstreaming! EU Disability Strategy 2011 - 2020 43
  38. 38. What Defines Successful AccessibleTourism Enterprises, Cities andDestinations? 1. Work out a policy and a strategy - Leadership comes from the top of the organisation 2. Use networks and form partnerships - Discuss ideas, find partners, collaborate with NGOs and experts 3. Address the whole access chain - Connect with other suppliers, develop new synergies 4. Develop and market the destination - work from local to global level to improve facilities to high standards and reach target markets 5. Deliver accessible tourism experiences - Aim to give every visitor a good, accessible experience!
  39. 39. In practical terms….• Be prepared to welcome all visitors• Question and revise ‘normal’ policies and practices• Show leadership, find your allies• Get access to resources and expertise• Network with suppliers, stakeholders and supporters• Encourage new businesses, focusing on access• Invest in training and planning• And don’t forget to tell what you have done! 45
  40. 40. The Rewards ofAccessible Tourism More visitors Longer tourist season New business and employment opportunities Increased income General improvements for the local citizens, the environment and society Happy customers, coming back again!
  41. 41. Networking & partnering for success Accessible Tourism “to do” list For Foundations and Cities... Join LHAC and ENAT networks Engage with other networks, form partnerships Participate in accessible tourism events Include the tourism sector in your strategies and projects Inform about your plans and share your experience Tell us your wishes! So we can support you…
  42. 42. ENAT Website www.accessibletourism.org ENAT Code News Events Projects Good Practices Links Themes Library Forums Contacts Powered by Google Translate in 50+ languages
  43. 43. Contact: Ivor AmbroseEmail: enat@accessibletourism.org Thankyou
  44. 44. Websites of National Tourist Boardsin Europe – Accessibility InformationCountries - Web Info YES NOInformation on accessibility 19 20Resources for policymakers 8 31Resources for business 5 34Resources for visitors 17 22Booking for accessible accommodation 8 31Booking for accessible events /attractions 3 36Link(s) to dedicated accessible tourismwebsite 12 27E-mail contact for Accessible Tourismwebpages 28 11 50