Accessible tourism futures: the world we dream to live in and the opportunities we hope to have

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/595286
Title:
Accessible tourism futures: the world we dream to live in and the opportunities we hope to have
Authors:
Michopoulou, Eleni; Ambrose, Ivor; Darcy, Simon ( 0000-0002-5394-2566 ) ; Buhalis, Dimitrios ( 0000-0001-9148-6090 )
Abstract:
Purpose Accessible tourism is evolving as a field of academic research and industry practice, set within a dynamic social context. The field is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary. The purpose of this paper is to examine key concepts and global initiatives that will shape accessible tourism futures. Design/methodology/approach Three of the authors have extensive academic experience in the area and the fourth author is the Managing Director of the pre-eminent European Network for Accessible Tourism. In taking a limited Delphi approach to canvassing key areas likely to shape accessible tourism futures, the following concepts and policy initiatives were examined: motivations, dreams and aspirations of people with disability; demography; UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; destination competitiveness; universal design (UD); and the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Findings A discussion of each of the above areas was placed in context to accessible tourism futures and to contextualise the papers that were selected for the special issue. The latter part of the paper outlines the contribution of each empirical paper to the issue discussing the approach, findings and implications. Stakeholder collaboration was identified as the key common theme of the papers and the factor for developing accessible tourism solutions, recognising the value of the market and capitalising on it. A collaborative approach is required to recognise the complementary nature of the different paradigms; to re-shape and transform the future of the accessible tourism industry. To assist in the development of accessible tourism futures, UD principles should provide a foundation to enhance the future competitiveness of tourism destinations and organisations. Originality/value The paper’s examination of the concepts and global policy considerations provides a strong academic and practitioner foundation for considering accessible tourism futures. In doing so, accessible tourism futures are shown to be affected by key concepts related to core tourism considerations and major policy initiatives on accessibility and sustainability. Yet, accessible tourism futures also have the potential to create their own momentum and contribute unique learnings on the diversity of tourism markets that will shape tourism concepts and global policy initiatives in their own right.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; University of Technology Sydney; Bournemouth University
Citation:
Eleni Michopoulou , Simon Darcy , Ivor Ambrose , Dimitros Buhalis , (2015) "Accessible tourism futures: the world we dream to live in and the opportunities we hope to have", Journal of Tourism Futures, Vol. 1 Iss: 3, pp.179 - 188
Journal:
Journal of Tourism Futures
Issue Date:
14-Sep-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/595286
DOI:
10.1108/JTF-08-2015-0043
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/10.1108/JTF-08-2015-0043
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Series/Report no.:
Vol. 1; Issue 3
ISSN:
2055-5911
Appears in Collections:
Department of Hotel, Resort & Spa Management

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMichopoulou, Elenien
dc.contributor.authorAmbrose, Ivoren
dc.contributor.authorDarcy, Simonen
dc.contributor.authorBuhalis, Dimitriosen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-29T17:08:03Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-29T17:08:03Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09-14en
dc.identifier.citationEleni Michopoulou , Simon Darcy , Ivor Ambrose , Dimitros Buhalis , (2015) "Accessible tourism futures: the world we dream to live in and the opportunities we hope to have", Journal of Tourism Futures, Vol. 1 Iss: 3, pp.179 - 188en
dc.identifier.issn2055-5911en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/JTF-08-2015-0043en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/595286en
dc.description.abstractPurpose Accessible tourism is evolving as a field of academic research and industry practice, set within a dynamic social context. The field is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary. The purpose of this paper is to examine key concepts and global initiatives that will shape accessible tourism futures. Design/methodology/approach Three of the authors have extensive academic experience in the area and the fourth author is the Managing Director of the pre-eminent European Network for Accessible Tourism. In taking a limited Delphi approach to canvassing key areas likely to shape accessible tourism futures, the following concepts and policy initiatives were examined: motivations, dreams and aspirations of people with disability; demography; UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; destination competitiveness; universal design (UD); and the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Findings A discussion of each of the above areas was placed in context to accessible tourism futures and to contextualise the papers that were selected for the special issue. The latter part of the paper outlines the contribution of each empirical paper to the issue discussing the approach, findings and implications. Stakeholder collaboration was identified as the key common theme of the papers and the factor for developing accessible tourism solutions, recognising the value of the market and capitalising on it. A collaborative approach is required to recognise the complementary nature of the different paradigms; to re-shape and transform the future of the accessible tourism industry. To assist in the development of accessible tourism futures, UD principles should provide a foundation to enhance the future competitiveness of tourism destinations and organisations. Originality/value The paper’s examination of the concepts and global policy considerations provides a strong academic and practitioner foundation for considering accessible tourism futures. In doing so, accessible tourism futures are shown to be affected by key concepts related to core tourism considerations and major policy initiatives on accessibility and sustainability. Yet, accessible tourism futures also have the potential to create their own momentum and contribute unique learnings on the diversity of tourism markets that will shape tourism concepts and global policy initiatives in their own right.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVol. 1en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIssue 3en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/10.1108/JTF-08-2015-0043en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Tourism Futuresen
dc.subjectTourismen
dc.subjectFuturesen
dc.subjectAccessible tourismen
dc.subjectDisabilityen
dc.subjectTourism industryen
dc.subjectDestination managementen
dc.titleAccessible tourism futures: the world we dream to live in and the opportunities we hope to haveen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Technology Sydneyen
dc.contributor.departmentBournemouth Universityen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Tourism Futuresen
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