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Inclusive tourism

Accessible tourism
  • Hannah Münch
  • Rebecca Ulrich

Abstract

‘Inclusive Tourism’ is often referred to as ‘Accessible Tourism’ or even ‘Disabled Tourism’. Disabled people were used to be and still are partially excluded from the leisure activities offered to people without mobility problems. Therefore accessible tourism is about making it easy for all people, irrespective of their gender, age or physical status, to enjoy tourism experiences. It is a set of services and facilities for individuals with special needs, who are for example disabled, elderly travellers, pregnant women, parents pushing their children in strollers or even people with temporary injuries, such as a broken leg or chronic ailments. All these people need to be particularly enabled during their travel. Thus, accessible tourism is the ongoing attempt to ensure that tourist destinations, products and services around the world are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. It comprises publicly and privately owned tourist locations. Not only the mobility-impaired people benefit from the improvements, but also their relatives, friends and other companions. Accessibility in tourism is a social right which concerns all citizens. It is often limited to a certain group of people but it should be seen in a more holistic approach (European Commission Enterprise and Industry, 2008; Wikipedia, 2009; CopperWiki, 2008).

Keywords

Market Segment Disable People Tourism Industry Medical Tourism Target Market 
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17.5 References

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17.6 Recommended reading

  1. Accessible Tourism.org (n.d.), ENAT - European Network for Accessible Tourism, URL: www.accessibletourism.org/
  2. Direct.Gov.uk (n.d.), Tourism and the Disability Discrimination Act, URL: www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/TravelHolidaysAndBreaks/TravelAndHolidaysInTheUk/DG_4019030
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© Gabler Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannah Münch
  • Rebecca Ulrich

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