ACCESSIBLE TOURISM Concepts and Issues

Dimitrios Buhalis and Simon Darcy 2011 ACCESSIBLE TOURISM Concepts and Issues  ISBN 1845411609 Channel View Publications  http://goo.gl/VRbkk5

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Summary:

Inclusion disability, an ageing population and tourism are increasingly important areas of study due to their implications for both tourism demand and supply. This book therefore sets out to explore and document the current theoretical approaches, foundations and issues in the study of accessible tourism. In drawing together the contributions to this volume the editors have applied broader social constructionist approaches to understanding the accessible tourism phenomena. Accessible tourism, as with any area of academic study is an evolving field of academic research and industry practice. As with other areas of tourism, the field is multidisciplinary, and is influenced by various disciplines including geography, disability studies, economics, public policy, psychology and marketing.
Key Features:
- First book to address accessible tourism and cover inclusion, disability, ageing population, inclusive design and tourism
- Explores and documents the current theoretical approaches, foundations and issues in the study of accessible tourism
- Adopts a multidisciplinary approach with influences from geography, disability studies, economics, public policy, psychology, social psychology, organisational management, postmodern cultural studies, marketing, architecture and international development
 
Reviews

As one would expect from two scholars at the height of their academic abilities, Dimitrios Buhalis and Simon Darcy have delivered a hugely timely and much needed contribution to the under-served area of accessible tourism. Harnessing the best conceptual developments on the topic, Accessible Tourism is a scholarly yet hugely readable collection and readily communicates the various contributors’ passion for and command of their subject. This collection is a must have text for anyone engaged in the theory, practice and policy of accessible tourism and will be essential reading on undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines and fields. I cannot speak highly enough of this endeavour and I’m sure it will take accessible tourism and universal design debates into the mainstream of academic enquiry and industry practice.
Professor Nigel Morgan, The Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
 
Description

Inclusion, disability, ageing population and tourism are increasingly important areas of study due to their implications for both tourism demand and supply. This book therefore sets out to explore and document the current theoretical approaches, foundations and issues in the study of accessible tourism.
 
Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction (Darcy and Buhalis)
Chapter 2 – Conceptualising Disability: Medical, Social, WHO ICF, Dimensions and Levels of Support Needs (Darcy and Buhalis)
Chapter 3 – Accessibility: A Key Objective for the Tourism Industry (Eichhorn and Buhalis)
Chapter 4 – Disability Legislation and Empowerment of Tourists with Disability: The UK Case (Shaw and Veitch)
Chapter 5 – Understanding Tourist Experience through Embodiment: The Contribution of Critical Tourism and Disability Studies (Small and Darcy)
Chapter 6 – Tourism in the Leisure Lives of People with Disability (Foggin)
Chapter 7 – Travelling with and beyond Depression: Women’s Narratives of Recovery and Identity (Fullager)
Chapter 8 – Encounters of Disabled Customers on the Tourism Stage (Arola – Edited by Cooper, C.)
Chapter 9 – Blind People’s Tourism Experiences: An Exploratory Study (Poria, Reichel and Brandt)
Chapter 10 – Demographic Drivers of Change in Tourism and the Challenge of Inclusive Products (Shaw and Veitch)
Chapter 11 – Ageing Travellers: Seeking an Experience and not just a Destination (Patterson and Pegg)
Chapter 12 – Ageing Travel Market and Accessibility Requirements (Wang)
Chapter 13 – Attitudinal and Experimental Differences of Disabled and Ablebodied Visitors to Heritage Sites (Pearn)
Chapter 14 – Economic Contribution of Tourists with Disabilities: An Australian Approach and Methodology (Darcy and Dwyer)
Chapter 15 – Developing a Business Case for Accessible Tourism (Darcy, Cameron and Pegg)
Chapter 16 – Stakeholder Analysis (Michopoulou and Buhalis)
Chapter 17 – Webdesign, Assistive Technologies and Accessible Tourism (Puhretmair and Nussbaum)
Chapter 18 – Technology Platforms and Challenges (Michopoulou and Buhalis)
Chapter 19 – Conclusion: A Call towards Universal Approaches to Accessible Tourism (Darcy, Ambrose, Schweinsberg and Buhalis)

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