On the Importance of Promoting Accessible Tourism

On the Importance of Promoting Accessible Tourism

ENIL is glad to present you an interesting paper on the impact of promoting accessible tourism, created by Gavin Toal and Michael Holden. The paper, entitled “Accessible Tourism: Impact to the local economy of promoting Northern Ireland as an accessible destination” deals a number of issues, among which:

  • What is accessible tourism?
  • Are strategies easily adopted?
  • Do current accessible Infrastructures already make Northern Ireland an accessible destination?

Below you can read Michael Holden’s presentation of the report and the paper itself!

“Gavin Toal and I were both students at the Business School of Ulster University, studying for an advanced diploma in Management Practice. Gavin, who had an interest in finance, became interested in ‘accessible tourism’ after listening to my many contributions in lectures regarding independent living. During the our time at university, I would have referred to my may travels around the world and my ultimate ambition to become an influencer in the world of accessible tourism and how difficult I found it trying to convince the tourist office for Northern Ireland that ‘accessible tourism’ was a market they should consider.

As part of the award for the advanced diploma, students had to pair up to produce a report based on their work or a personal interest and I decided that mine was to be about promoting Northern Ireland as an accessible tourism destination. Gavin, who had found the idea interesting, wanted to contribute to this area too as he had used knowledge gained from our conversations to learn more about accessible representation in his own golf club.

We put together a proposal and developed a Gantt Chart to manage the project and set about the research. The report which we produced was the culmination of that research and earned us our Advanced Diploma in Management Practice, with Distinction.

Since writing the report, Gavin has secured a promotion within a new company and I have submitted a research proposal to the School of Tourism at Ulster University to complete a PhD in Accessible Tourism.

You can download the report at this link.

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