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Dimensions of hotel experience of people with disabilities: an exploratory study

Yaniv Poria (Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management, Ben‐Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er‐Sheva, Israel)
Arie Reichel (Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management, Ben‐Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er‐Sheva, Israel)
Yael Brandt (Department of Business Administration, Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management, Ben‐Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er‐Sheva, Israel)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 12 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This exploratory study aims to focus on the challenges arising from the interactions between wheelchair users, individuals using crutches and blind people with the hotel environment as well as on the efforts to overcome these challenges.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample was gathered through a snowballing technique. The study utilizes in‐depth semi‐structured interviews of 45 participants: 20 used wheelchairs; ten were dependent on crutches; and 15 were blind. The data were subject to thematic content analysis.

Findings

Interpreted by the social model of disability, the results suggest that the challenges participants confront derive from the physical design of the environment as well as staff behaviors. Differences were found between the hotel experiences of people with various types of disabilities.

Research limitation/implications

The sample was limited to Israeli participants.

Practical implications

The paper offers recommendations for hotel management with regard to specific physical as well as interpersonal means to alleviate apparent difficulties faced by people with disabilities in their hotel experiences.

Originality/value

This study broadcasts the genuine voice of people with disabilities. The findings are of special relevance to hospitality researchers, educators, executives, and hotel staff.

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Citation

Poria, Y., Reichel, A. and Brandt, Y. (2011), "Dimensions of hotel experience of people with disabilities: an exploratory study", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 571-591. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596111111143340

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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