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Dr. Rüdiger Leidner, CEO, Tourismus für Alle Deutschland e.V. [NatKo] and initiator of the Conference on Barrier-free Tourism

What is important is that the Conference on Barrier-free Tourism attracts attention and that it will take place again. It has attracted much more attention among participants. We have more attendees than we have time. One of the advantages is that the conference has been organised by the DZT. With TUI, we have the support of an international travel group which for the first time has committed itself to offering barrier-free services. It will promote the national Tourism for All certification system on medium-haul trips to hotels at holiday destinations. Personally, I am pleased that over the past eight years NatKo has become so well-recognised abroad. That is what can be achieved with a mass-organised event. However, ahead of us lies what may be a turning point. Quite unexpectedly, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy BMWI has decided to deny us our application for an extension to our support for associations for the disabled. Not only does that cut short our work propagating the Tourism for All certification system, the decision also endangers the existence of NatKo.

 

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