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The Society for the Advancement of Travelers with Handicaps will hold its Fourth Annual World Congress at the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Airport Hilton on January 12-16, 2000. The congress's main mission is to educate the travel and hospitality industry about the needs of travelers with disabilities and the benefits derived from reaching out to this market. The congress's leading co-sponsor is ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents).

One of the most exciting aspects of the SATH World Congress will again be the coming together of receptive tour operators from all over the globe. More than 25 countries are likely to be represented including some first-timers from Egypt and Norway. For specialists in accessible travel, whether from North America or overseas, the World Congress provides a unique opportunity to network and gain new business relationships as well as to catch up on the latest developments in the field.

Expert speakers, well-informed industry panels, updates from government regulatory agencies, and workshops on many topics--including medical needs, disability etiquette, hotel accessibility, and the newest wheelchair-friendly destinations--make up the congress's rich learning experience. Once again, the Internet will be a hot topic, with more detailed access information finding its way online and more e-business being conducted.

Congress registration is $199 per person, but SATH members and members/associates of the Partnership in Awareness (AMEX, ASTA, ARTA, AURA, NTA, TIA, AH&MA, ABA, ATA, IACVB, SPACE, CLIA) register at the discounted rate of $179. Travel and hospitality industry students and delegates' spouses can participate for $99.

Contact: Susan Mydanick, SATH World Congress, 2200 West Commercial Boulevard, Suite 105, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. (954) 731-4600 / 731-5106 (fax) /

Information for this column is provided by Carol Randall, Access-Able Travel Source, Wheat Ridge, Colo. /

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Title Annotation:Society for the Advancement of Travelers with Handicaps
Author:Randall, Carol
Publication:PN - Paraplegia News
Date:Nov 1, 1999
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