Only a town able to meet the most demanding needs will be able to welcome everyone

CARE Final Conference - Bologna, 9 March 2006

The CARE project is by now coming to its conclusion. A series of events are organized for the month of March in Bologna. The 7 of March the Press Conference, at the presence of the Regional Councillor Mr. Guido Pasi, to inform local and national media of the guide " Travelling in Europe - a guide to welcoming and accessible cities " . The 8 of March the Partners will meet in the 5th Steering Committee Meeting , to discuss the future of the project. The 9 of March in the Final International Conference " If only tourism was more accessible ... 38 million more tourists in Europe! " the importance of the issue for European, National and Local policies and the effects on the market will be discussed.

Download transcriptions of the speeches from the convention, in PDF format (Zip file 3,45 MB)

C.A.R.E. in Milan at BIT 2006 presents the Guides to Welcoming and Accessible Cities

The European project devoted to hospitable and accessible tourism for all, will land off in Milan for the BIT exhibition from 18 to 21 of next February. In the best Italian tourism exhibition devoted to public and tourist operators of hospitality trade, it will be possible to visit CARE space in the APT Emilia-Romagna region stand. It's a special chance to know the new booklets of the hospitable and accessible cities of European network C.A.R.E.

What are the origins of the CARE project?

First and foremost, it was an original idea of the Italian Tourism Department which, at the end of the last century, set up “Italia per tutti” (Italy for all), the first actual social inclusion project aimed at disabled tourists, but it also arises from an increasingly heartfelt need: including elements of ethic awareness in tourism. Words like responsibility, sustainability, ethics and accessibility are no longer used only by an extremely sensitive minority. Rather, they are becoming more and more crucial, key elements of a broader concept of Quality. And not just tourist service quality but, in a broader, more general meaning, quality of life for everybody: tourists and citizens. We must take care (hence the acronym CARE) of guests and citizens, think of their well-being and let them participate in the decisions they are affected by because, after all, we are all citizens and sometimes guests. The project, as described in this web site, is ambitious and complex, but it has already shown the first results and given the first positive outcomes, with the cooperation of our partners and of the skilled collaborators and technicians working on it.Continua l'articolo

The 2nd and 3rd volumes of accessible tourism guides in the Parma Province have been published

Thirty million of differently able Europeans could travel more if they had access to an adequate quantity of information on tourist resorts and holiday facilities. This figure could even grow if one considered also the attendants of the disabled people. This figure, together with the Parma Province's taking sides with the differently able people and people living in hardships, led the Parma Province to commit to the pilot project "Parma, a province for all" which is part of the European project "C.A.R.E. Accessible Cities of European Regions".

Charter of the hospitable City

Another important goal that has been achieved by the European Project CARE – Accessible Cities in European Region is the HOSPITABLE CITY CHARTER, a useful instrument to start the process of spreading the good practices a city should know to be able to host all the different types of tourists. Partners of the CARE project have prepared and approved this Charter that so far represents a unique document that the project aims at promoting on the whole European territory.