Tourism, Design and Disability?

  • Maria Poli
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


As a person who my whole life have been a personal assistant of a wheelchair user and had my Master degree on Design for All, I wrote a paper which analyses a global idea about human discrimination of disabled people related to design and their everyday activities as Accessible Tourism is. Based on the idea that the ‘ultimate goal of social development is to improve and enhance the quality of life for all people’ (United Nations, Department of Public Information Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, pub. DPI 1476 (New York, May 1994)) design plays an important role to this. The focus is to examine: the needs and Targets for Accessible Tourism Policies, Accessible Principles, the design essentials for Accessible Hotels, what do we mean by ‘accessible’ and who are the customers that needs accessible facilities? How the principles of Universal design empower tourism destinations to improve the quality of their services, expand the tourism market and in conclusion to achieve and determine tourism policies focusing to the value of ‘design for All’!


Universal design Accessibility Disability Accessible tourism practices Accessible travel and leisure Social emancipation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Poli
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  1. 1.Interior Architecture and DesignUniversity of West AtticaAigaleoGreece

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