Traveling with a disability - More than an Access Issue

Matthew Kwai sang Yau, Robert Douglas McKercher, Tanya L. Packer

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People with disabilities have the same needs and desires for tourism as others. However, travel in a context designed primarily for people without disabilities poses unique challenges. A qualitative study was conducted employing indepth interviews and focus groups to explore the tourism experiences of individuals with mobility or visual impairments. The results revealed that they experience five different stages in the process of becoming travel active: personal, re-connection, tourism analysis, physical journey, and experimentation and reflection. Better understanding of these stages will facilitate more awareness of the tourism needs of people with disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-960
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004


  • Accessibility
  • Barriers
  • Culture
  • Disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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