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ICT Tools and Applications for Accessible Tourism
A circumstance or obstacle that prevents movement or access.
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Accessibility to Spa Experiences
Eleni Michopoulou (University of Derby, UK) and Sarah J. Hilton (University of Derby, UK)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6428-8.ch007
Abstract
This chapter aims to highlight and raise awareness of the previously unknown barriers currently faced by wheelchair using consumers in the spa industry and the implications of these barriers for consumer and industry alike. Existing research on accessibility within this specific environment is extremely limited (if any). This study shows that access to accurate information is a key issue, a key barrier to participation and not only for those who have not visited a spa before. Gaining information pre visit in tourism is increasingly done online and there is the opportunity to use technologies and especially websites and social media platforms to help provide this information. The chapter also illustrates the potential for health and greater mental and social wellbeing the spa industry and the wider wellness tourism industry have for wheelchair users and how they could mutually benefit each other, as well as further promoting the case for barrier free accessible tourism and leisure opportunities.
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Overcoming Barriers
Obstacle that prevents movement or access (Oxford, 2020).
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Barriers to Adult Education Participation, Distance Education, and Adult Learning
An “absolute blockage” (Darkenwald & Valentine, 1990, p. 30) which prevents an adult from participating in adult education.
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Mobile Apps, Universal Design, and Accessibility in Schools: Creating an Inclusive Classroom Experience
Any situation or item that blocks or prevents access or movement without impediments.
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Unified Website Accessibility Assessment Framework
Any condition that prevents user from reaching his/her goals on a website.
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Library Anxiety: A Barrier to Effective Use of Information Resources
Barrier is a hindrance affecting the access to place or in achieving a goal or destination.
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Rural Entrepreneurship in Vietnam: Identification of Facilitators and Barriers
The factor prevents or blocks the movement of the objective content.
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Supporting the Implementation of Online Learning
Anything that tends to impede the adoption, implementation, or utilization of an innovation.
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Mobile Apps, Universal Design, and Accessibility in Schools: Creating an Inclusive Classroom Experience
Any situation or item that blocks or prevents access or movement without impediments.
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A Systematic Review of Web Accessibility Metrics
Any condition that prevents user from reaching his/her goals on a website.
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Application of Isenberg Model for Entrepreneurial Ecosystems as a Blueprint for Zimbabwe Socio-Economic Devolution
A factor that impacts or hinders smooth implementation thus affecting performance towards desired objectives/goals.
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Risk Assessment: Knowledge Management Paradigms, Big Data, and Aviation Policy Making
A system, procedure, or object that protects (acts as a barrier) from an identified risk.
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