Understanding the experiences of mobility-disabled tourists
by Karen Yates
International Journal of Tourism Policy (IJTP), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2007

Abstract: Much has been written on travel for people with mobility disabilities. Despite the quantity of the writing on wheelchair users and slow walkers and their experiences of travel, disabled travellers remain shadowy figures in existing literature and their voices are rarely heard. Drawing upon qualitative data obtained through attending a major disability event and the use of an online questionnaire, this paper explores the experiences of 55 mobility-disabled tourists. The paper indicates problems still exist relating to access, transport difficulties especially with the use of airlines, lack of facilities like hoists, attitude problems and carer support issues.

Online publication date: Wed, 24-Oct-2007

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