«Sport Tourists with Disabilities: Accessible Tourism, Accommodation, Recreation and Sport in Greece»

«Sport Tourists with Disabilities: Accessible Tourism, Accommodation, Recreation and Sport in Greece»

Journal of Sport & Recreation Management
Volume 15, Issue 2
2018
Pages: 
26-39
issn: 
1791-6933
«Sport Tourists with Disabilities: Accessible Tourism, Accommodation, Recreation and Sport in Greece»
Yfantidou G., Zioumbiloudi A. & Balaska P.

Department of Physical Education and Sport Science. Democritus University of Thrace
*Department of Physical Education and Sport Science. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2018
Abstract: 

This paper examines the travel preferences of tourists with disabilities, the type of accommodation they select, the reasons that push them away from travelling and the sources of accessible accommodation information they choose. The “Accessible Tourism Accommodation Survey” (ATAS) was applied as the basis of the present study. The sample consisted of 81 sport tourists with disabilities with physical and sensory disabilities. The survey was conducted in 4 cities in Northern Greece, where sport events were organized and conducted. The participants identified many obstacles as important reasons for avoiding a trip, such as the general cost / economic constraints, the lack of accessible destinations, suitable accommodation, the problems of transportation getting to the destinations and at the destinations, the lack of accessible attractions, etc. The surveys’ data revealed preferences, habits, and barriers to access for travelers with disabilities, which the tourism industry is invited to understand and to respond to them through the design and redesign of products and services in the field of tourism.

Keywords: 

Tourism, accommodation, disability, ATAS, recreational sport, facilities 

Hellenic Scientific Association For Sport Management & Recreation - HSASMR a scientific non-profit organization and our purpose is the reflection and research on issues of management / marketing of sport.

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