All abilities trek to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko - Australia's highest peak

All abilities trek to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko - Australia's highest peak
All abilities trek to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko - Australia's highest peak - © Jennifer Johnson 2008

Friday, January 7, 2011

Accessible Tourism Book now published

Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the publication of Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues that I have co-edited with Prof Dimitrios Buhalis of Bournemouth University and published with Channel View Publications.


The book brings together the underlying concepts and issues relating to accessible tourism so as to provide a foundation for industry, government and the not-for-profit sector understanding of the area. A foundation of the book explores accessible tourism from the perspective of the experiences of people with disability whether they have a mobility, vision, hearing or cognitive disability. As Photo 1 shows this begins with front cover of book where a photo was selected depicting an all ability trek.

Photo 1: Book Cover features an all abilities trek to the summit of Mount Kosciusko that is Australia's highest peak

The book consists of 19 chapters:
  • 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  (Darcy, Ambrose, Schweinsberg and Buhalis)

The book is available in a variety of formats and is available for purchase please see:

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