Accessible tourism futures:

The world we dream to live in and the opportunities we hope to have

bridge smIn this guest editorial to a special edition of Journal of Tourism Futures, Eleni Michopoulou, Simon Darcy, Ivor Ambrose and Dimitros Buhalis, discuss the evolving field of accessible tourism. This academic paper examines the issues from the position of rights, economics, and universal design.

“This special issue was designed to examine the future dimensions of the intersection of disability and tourism in the emerging field of accessible tourism. The special issue explores theoretical approaches, foundations and issues in the study of accessible tourism from a futures perspective. Accessible tourism, as with any area of academic study is an evolving field of academic research and industry practice, set within a dynamic social context. The field is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary, and is influenced by geography, ageing and disability studies, economics, public policy, psychology, law, architecture, construction sciences, technology and marketing. Past research has attempted to view, explain and unpack the inherent complexities (Darcy, 2010) within accessible tourism through a variety of lenses, including human rights, critical tourism, embodiment, customer segmentation and universal design (UD), to name a few (see Buhalis and Darcy, 2011; Buhalis et al., 2012).”

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