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Author : Jennifer Small
School/Work Place : University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Contact : jennifer.small@uts.edu.au
Year : 2012

While there has been a developing interest in mobilities amongst tourism scholars, the notion of immobilities has often been ignored. Yet, there are many people who do not participate in tourism or, if they do, only experience partial mobility. Taking a Critical Tourism approach, this paper examines the experiences of tourists with vision impairment and the intersection of their mobilities with those of their sighted guides on a Traveleyes tour of Italy. The research methods were autoethnography and questionnaire survey. The findings suggested that mobilities were facilitated in the partnership. For those with vision impairment, facilitation of mobility allowed them to enjoy some of the rights to citizenship and quality of life experienced by those who are sighted. At the same time, mobilities could also be constrained. The observation of social barriers that affected the experience, combined with the evident embodiment of the tourist experience, suggested the appropriateness of “embodied ontology” as a means for understanding the tourist experience for tourists with vision impairment.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
5 Think Tank XIV The Development of a National Tourism Research Agenda ... file 5437 Jun 26, 2014

A national research agenda identifies the research priorities that need to be addressed to “inform future policy and service delivery” by government and “for use by academics and practitioners to stimulate research, partnerships and collabor...

Author: Leo Jago & Margaret Deery 

Year: 2014 

» Think Tank XII Intersecting Mobilities: Tourists with Vision Impairme... file 4201 Nov 06, 2013

While there has been a developing interest in mobilities amongst tourism scholars, the notion of immobilities has often been ignored. Yet, there are many people who do not participate in tourism or, if they do, only experience partial mobili...

Author: Jennifer Small 

Year: 2012 

3 Think Tank X The Importance of Networks for Innovation in Sustainab... file 4238 Oct 13, 2013

This paper highlights the importance of new and established networks that underpin the innovation processes in sustainable tourism. It will draw on published literature as well as case studies to describe the various types of networks that ...

Author: Jack Carlsen, Janne J. Liburd & Deborah Edwards 

Year: 2010 

2 Think Tank VII Environmentally Sustainable Practices of Victorian Tou... file 5950 Oct 13, 2013

Environmental sustainability has been a growing concern in our society for the past twenty years, and is a primary issue of many leaders of the tourism industry. In spite of the many efforts to encourage and/or enforce environmentally sound ...

Author: Sue Beeton, Sue Bergin-Seers & Christine Lee 

Year: 2007 

1 Think Tank VII The Uptake of Innovation in Tourism Organisations: Bar... file 2365 Oct 13, 2013

Innovation is fundamental to any industry in its quest to realising its potential. The tourism industry is no different in this pursuit of excellence and innovation but, unlike many other industries, it is largely comprised of small busines...

Author: Leo Jago & Margaret Deery 

Year: 2007 

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