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Save the date: 9th Barrier-free Tourism Day at the ITB, 6 March 2020 in the CityCube Berlin

The 9th Accessible Tourism Day will take place on Friday, 6 March 2020 at the ITB travel fair in Berlin.

How can touristic offers respond to the needs of holidaymakers with disabilities? Which attractive possibilities do already exist for the different target groups of barrier-free tourism? And what are the chances and challenges for tourism service providers and DMOs related to this topic?

The programme included presentations and a panel discussion, at which experts looked closely at these issues in practical terms and from a range of perspectives.

The event is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It was organised with the support of the Tourism for All working group of the German federal states, the working group “Accessible Travel – Barrier-free Destinations in Germany“ and the Messe Berlin exhibition centre.

Program "Accessible Tourism Day", 06.03.2020 in the CityCube Berlin


Daniela Wiesler-Schnalke, DW Akademie, Head of Media Training

10:30-10:35 am

Olaf Schlieper

German National Tourist Board, Innovations Manager

10:35-10:45 am

Thomas Bareiß MdB

Parliamentary Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism

10:45-11:05 am

Neha Arora

Planet Abled, Founder, Expert on accessible tourism, India

11:05–12:15 am
Panel discussion

Panel: Barrier-free planning and implementation of tourist facilities

Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Ambassador, Scandic Hotels

Alexander Lang, Expert on "Accessible Living"

Ulrike Laudan, Sonnenhotels, Head of Project Management

Dana Gazit, Tourist Brands Division Israel, Head of Tourism Brands

Dr. Rüdiger Leidner, German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV), Tourism Commissioner

Michael Müller (Dipl.-Ing.), Expert for barrier-free planning, Lecturer at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

12:15-12:45 am
BREAK with networking

Opportunity to talk to the experts

12:45 am-1:25 pm
Discussion (inkl. Short Talks)

Certification according to ""Travel for All and Communication in practice

Sigrun Krapf, Erfurt Tourismus und Marketing GmbH, Assistant of the CEO

Anke Haub, Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main,Tourism Marketing Consultant

Rolf Schrader, Deutsches Seminar für Tourismus (DSFT), CEO

Olaf Schlieper, German National Tourist Board, Innovations Manager

1:25-1:45 pm

Accessible Active Travel

Debbie North & Gina Bradbury Fox

Access - The Outdoor Guide, UK

1:45-2:10 pm
Discussion (inkl. Short Talks)

Making outdoor offers barrier-free experienceable

Uta Holz, Südliche Weinstraße e.V., CEO

Dr. Regine Prunzel, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL), Head of Public Relations Department,

Katja Weickmann, Project managerin, Global Nature Fund, Project manager

2:10-2:15 pm
Closing remarks

Closing Remarks

Olaf Schlieper

German National Tourist Board, Innovations Manager


Opportunity to talk to the experts

Speakers at the “Barrier-free Tourism Day” 2020

The event offered top-class speakers in fields of politics, tourism, associations and specialist organisations. In presentations and panel discussions, they provided valuable impetus on barrier-free tourism. During the breaks and after the event, participants had the opportunity to engage in networking and to directly exchange views with the experts.

Overview of the Speakers

Olaf Schlieper
German National Tourist Board, Innovations Manager
Thomas Bareiß
Parliamentary State Secretary Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Neha Arora
Founder and Managing Director Planet Abled
Dr Rüdiger Leidner
Tourism spokesperson for the German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV)
Alexander Lang
Owner Barrierefreies Leben
Ulrike Laudan
Project Manager Sonnenhotels GmbH
Dana Gazit
Accessibility Brand Manager Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Magnus Berglund
Accessibility Director at Scandic Hotels
Michael Müller
Civil Engineer Club Behinderter und ihrer Freunde
Gaby Paluszak
Project Management DORTMUNDtourismus
Sigrun Krapf
Assistant to the management Erfurt Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Anke Haub
Marketing Manager and Accessibility Project Manager Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
Rolf Schrader
Managing Director German Seminar for Tourism (DSFT)
Debbie North
Director The Outdoor Guide
Uta Holz
Managing Director Südliche Weinstraße e.V.
Dr Regine Prunzel
Head of Press, PR and Cultural Services Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL)
Katja Weickmann
Project Manager Global Nature Fund

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