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Understanding the factors influencing the leisure tourism behavior of visually impaired travelers: An empirical study in China

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posted on 04.08.2021, 03:16 by Guanghui Qiao, Junmaio Zhang, Anja PabelAnja Pabel, Nan Chen
This study looks at the real-world problems which vision impaired individuals face when they travel. More specifically, this study aims to explore the main factors influencing the leisure tourism behavior of visually impaired individuals. Based on in-depth semi-structured interviews with 26 visually impaired respondents, this study identifies six main factors impacting on the leisure tourism behavior of visually impaired individuals including: tourism products and services, personal psychological factors, social support, community support, personal socio-economic factors, and barrier-free environments. Findings show that visually impaired travelers have strong requirements for auditory, tactile, and physical participation. Support factors such as travel companions/escorts, tour organizers specifically targeting their experiential offerings at the visually impaired, and an accessible environment are important considerations for visually impaired travelers. Findings also show that visually impaired individuals participate in leisure tourism to enhance their own abilities, relieve pressures on their families, break stereotypes associated with the visually impaired, and promote the need for greater tourism development specifically targeting visually impaired travelers. This study also proposes a theoretical model outlining the factors influencing leisure tourism of visually impaired people.

History

Volume

12

Start Page

1

End Page

9

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1664-1078

ISSN

1664-1078

Location

Switzerland

Publisher

Frontiers Research Foundation

Publisher License

CC BY

Additional Rights

CC BY

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

18/05/2021

External Author Affiliations

Henan University, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Electronic-eCollection

Journal

Frontiers in Psychology

Article Number

684285