Accessible tourism in Ecuador: profile of tourists with disabilities in the province of Tungurahua.

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Title: Accessible tourism in Ecuador: profile of tourists with disabilities in the province of Tungurahua.
Alternate Title: Turismo accesible Ecuador: perfil del turista con discapacidad en la provincia de Tungurahua.
Authors: Cunalata, Gabriel Marcelo Tite1 gabrielmtite@gmail.com, Carrillo Rosero, Diego Andrés1 carrillo-diego82@hotmail.com, Masaquiza Moposita, Diego Armando2 diegomasaquiza@gmail.com
Source: Journal of Asia Pacific Studies. Mar2020, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p745-756. 12p.
Subject Terms: *PEOPLE with disabilities, *TOURISM, *TOURISTS, *DISABILITIES, *BALANCE of payments
Geographic Terms: ECUADOR, TUNGURAHUA (Ecuador)
Abstract (English): Accessible tourism, in Ecuador, has found a path for development thanks to modern legislation that guarantees the inclusion of priority care groups in all dimensions of daily life. The country takes into account current indicators regarding life expectancy, a fact that makes it possible to influence the need to innovate tourism products aimed at segments of people with disabilities, elderly, pregnant women and people with obesity problems (priority attention tourists). In the province of Tungurahua, according to the INEC projection for the year 2019, 584,114 inhabitants are estimated, of which 13,731 people have some type of disability. Several theoretical methods were used in the research such as: analysis and synthesis, inductive-deductive, structural systemic, and among the empirical ones: scientific observation, interview, document review, and specialist criteria. The profile of tourists with disabilities describes people with physical and intellectual disabilities, who are usually accompanied by family members when they carry out tourism-related activities. For for this reason, they become multi-clients and generate considerable additional revenue. These variables determine an opportunity to invest in the creation of tourism organizations with an accessible approach, which besides promoting the inclusion of priority attention tourists, contribute to boost the socio-economic development of the country. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Abstract (Spanish): El turismo accesible, en el Ecuador, se encuentra en vías de desarrollo gracias a la legislación moderna que garantiza la inclusión a grupos de atención prioritaria en todas las dimensiones de la vida cotidiana. El país considera indicadores actuales respecto a la expectativa de vida, dato que permite influir la necesidad de innovar productos turísticos dirigidos a segmentos de personas con discapacidad, adultos mayores, mujeres embarazadas y personas con problemas de obesidad (turistas de atención prioritaria). En la provincia de Tungurahua, de acuerdo a la proyección del INEC al año 2019, se estiman 584.114 habitantes, de los cuales 13.731 personas poseen algún tipo de discapacidad. En la investigación se emplearon varios métodos teóricos como: análisis y síntesis, inductivo-deductivo, sistémico estructural, y entre los empíricos: la observación científica, entrevista, la revisión de documentos y el criterio de especialistas. El perfil del turista con discapacidad describe a personas con discapacidad física e intelectual, que por lo general son acompañados por familiares cuando realizan actividades relacionadas al turismo, por esta razón se convierten en multiclientes y generan un gasto adicional considerable. Variables que determinan una oportunidad para invertir en la creación de organizaciones turísticas con enfoque accesible, que, además de fomentar la inclusión de turistas de atención prioritaria, aporten a dinamizar el desarrollo socio-económico del país. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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Published: Mar2020
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