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Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues Open access
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Received: 2021-03-18  |  Accepted: 2021-05-21  |  Published: 2021-09-30

Title

Accessible tourism - current state in Slovakia


Abstract

The number of people with disabilities in the world is growing every year. When traveling, they encounter various barriers. The article focuses on Slovakia, a country in which accessible tourism has not yet been examined. It is the result of extensive research carried out in the years 2016 to 2020. The scientific goal of the article is to examine the tourism demand and the degree of adjustment of the tourism supply for visitors with physical disabilities in Slovakia and to find out the connection between the accessibility of the tourism facilities and the destinations attendance. Article emphasizes the need to improve the country's accessibility in tourism for visitors with disabilities. Research is based on the theoretical research methods, exploratory statistics, and correlation analysis to evaluate the accessibility of the supply in all self-governing regions in Slovakia. It analyzes the demand of the visitors with disabilities based on the results of a qualitative survey carried out by the method of sociological questioning using the standardized interview technique with the representatives of associations for people with disabilities (19). The results of the research show that people with disabilities want to travel and urge the lack of accessibility of tourism attractions and facilities and on the various types of barriers. The research sample consists of 11,281 tourism supply facilities in Slovakia. The results of the research points to an insufficient rate of accessibility of the country (19.7%) for visitors with physical disabilities and the need for higher investments in debarierization of the environment, which can make the whole country more attractive and increase its importance on the international tourism market.


Keywords

accessibility, demand, disability, supply, tourism


JEL classifications

I14 , L83 , Z32


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/858


DOI


Pages

66-86


Funding

This research was supported by the grant project VEGA 1/0368/20 – Sharing economy - an opportunity for sustainable and competitive development of tourism in destinations in Slovakia.

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Authors

Marčeková, Radka
Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia https://www.umb.sk
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Šebová, Ľubica
Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia https://www.umb.sk
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Pompurová, Kristína
Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia https://www.umb.sk
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Šimočková, Ivana
Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia https://www.umb.sk
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

9


Number

1


Issue date

September 2021


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

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