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Accessible Tourism Challenges and Development Issues in Tourist Facilities and Attraction Sites of the Amhara Region World Heritage Sites, Ethiopia

International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Systems

Volume 11 Issue 1

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Ashenafi Tafesse Meskele, Solomon Lingerih Woreta, Engdu Gebrewold Weldesenbet | Author(s) Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism Management, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.
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Abstract

Tourism is believed to be a tool for accommodating individuals with different needs. But, it is still far from entertaining the interest of people with limited ability. For such shortcomings, accessible tourism can be taken as the best remedy. The aim of this study is to evaluate accessible tourism challenges and development issues in hotels and attraction sites. Based on the assessment most of the tourist standard hotels have tried to fulfil basic accessibility facilities like ramps, telephone, accessible drop-off area, etc on the other hand, most of them have failed to fulfil elevators, pushchair, shower chair, bed risers etc. In the attractions assessment, compared to the Royal enclosure of Gondar, the Rock hewn churches of Lalibela are trying to improve the site and are constructing facilities in and around. Generally, there are efforts to make tourism accessible in Amhara Region, but, still there is a lot to do.

Keywords: Accessibility, Disability, Limited Ability, Tourist Facility, Attraction

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