Special Issue "Accessibility and Inclusive Tourism Destinations: Method and Case Studies"

A special issue of Tourism and Hospitality (ISSN 2673-5768).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2023 | Viewed by 429

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Carmen Bizzarri
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Guest Editor
Department of Economics, European University of Rome, 00163 Rome, Italy
Interests: sustainable tourism; environmental impacts; rural areas; sustainable development; tourist development; inclusive tourism; accessibility tourism; mobility; economic geography
Dr. Flavia Coccia
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Guest Editor
National Tourist Research Institute, 00187 Rome, Italy
Interests: studies and publications on tourism; surveys and feasibility projects in the tourism fields; data processing; creation and supply of data and observatories; big data for tourism; develop smart destinations; promotion and dissemination by any means of its services; accessible tourism strategies for implementation and innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

‘Inclusive Tourism’ is often referred to as ‘Accessible Tourism’ or even ‘Tourism for all’. Disabled people used to be and still are partially excluded from the leisure activities offered to people without mobility problems. Therefore, accessible tourism is about making it easy for all people, to provide a set of services and facilities for individuals with special needs, who are, for example disabled, elderly travelers, pregnant women, parents pushing their children in strollers or even people with temporary injuries, such as a broken leg or chronic ailments. All these people need to be particularly enabled during their travels. Thus, accessible tourism is the ongoing attempt to ensure that tourist destinations, products and services around the world are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. It comprises publicly and privately owned tourist locations and all destinations. Furthermore, the introduction of innovation in tourism for all could change the supply of tourists, not only of disabled people but of all tourists and the local community. This is due to the improvements in innovations and technologies benefiting not only mobility-impaired people but also their relatives, friends and other companions. Accessibility in tourism is a social right which concerns all citizens. It is often limited to a certain group of people, but it should be seen in a more holistic approach (European Commission Enterprise and Industry, 2008).

Tourism for all is a way of achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, which is why it is hoped that this form of tourism will be increasingly implemented in all destinations. As is well-known, destinations that manage to welcome all people with diversity are distinguished by the quality of their tourism services, which on the one hand helps to constantly improve the offer by introducing new technologies and innovations, and on the other can attract demand from tourist consumers with high spending potential and help to make the local community more active and involved in governance decisions than other destinations that do not include people with fragility and diversity. For this reason, the governance and management methodologies of this tourism supply, as well as the related activities and services for inclusion, need to be studied and analyzed so that they are replicable and sustainable in diversified international destinations.

The Special Issue aims to map all-inclusive and sustainable tourist destinations and compare methodologies for implementing all-tourist service value chains for accessibility and inclusive tourism in worldwide destinations, addressing the three pillars of sustainability (economical, ecological, and socio-cultural) and the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Technology and sustainability in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Innovation for sustainability in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Sustainability and marketing in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Regional development through sustainability in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Sustainable consumer behavior in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Sustainable economy in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Creating business value through sustainable marketing strategies in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Development and management of regenerative food systems in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Green marketing and environmental management in accessibility and inclusive tourism management.
  • Business models and theories in sustainable development in hospitality and tourism management.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Carmen Bizzarri
Dr. Flavia Coccia
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Tourism and Hospitality is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • market tourism
  • accessible tourism
  • tourist innovation
  • wellness tourism
  • tourism for all
  • inclusive tourism
  • inclusive destinations
  • cultural heritage for all
  • environmental attraction for all
  • technologies for all

Published Papers

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