Destinations for All Summit: The Accessible Tourism world met in Brussels this week, Blue Flag International was there.

On 01-02 October 2018, Brussels-based non-profit organisation, CAWAB, hosted the 2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism. Non-profit organisations, public entities and companies met and shared best practices from all around the world in the theme of accessible tourism.

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Accessibility affects people with disabilities and their families, but also elderly people (a constantly growing portion of our societies), families with young children, pregnant women, parents with pushchairs, people with a plaster cast, and any other person with specific needs.

If we compare tourism to a chain, it is made of several links including arrival, accommodation, restaurants, shopping, transport, and tourist attractions.

Blue Flag International was present and gave a presentation at the panel “Territory labelling program”. A short overview of the Blue Flag programme on a global scale, the Foundation for Environmental Education behind the programme and the next steps towards working on a broader view and requirements on accessibility within the certifications for the future.

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With more than 400 participants, from 40 countries, Destinations for All summit provided knowledge, best practices and potential partners for the future.  

Our partner, AccessRec, was present as well and showcased their beach accessibility tools: accessibility mats and amphibian wheelchair.

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Press Release: Blue Flag awarded to 137 sites in the Southern Hemisphere

Press Release: Blue Flag awarded to 137 sites in the Southern Hemisphere

The International Blue Flag Jury meeting took place on 5 September 2018, roughly a year after Hurricane Maria violently hit Puerto Rico and Hurricanes Irma and Jose devastated the Caribbean Islands and parts of the USA in September 2017. Among the countries proudly flying the Blue Flag in the region, Sint Maarten and the US Virgin Islands are still working to reestablish the Blue Flag criteria in the wake of the storms.

Blue Flag International and ENAT sign Memorandum of Understanding

Blue Flag International and ENAT sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Foundation for Environmental Education, through its Blue Flag certification, long recognised as the global benchmark for sustainable beaches, marinas and boat-based activities around the world, has signed an agreement with ENAT – The European Network for Accessible Tourism non-profit association to work together to promote access for all visitors to beaches, marinas and boat-based activities.