Factors Affecting Accessible Tourism – A Case of Pilgrimage Destinations in Andhra Pradesh
Keywords:Accessible Tourism, Disabled, Senior Citizens, Pilgrimage Destinations, Andhra Pradesh
Every tourism attraction ought to provide a sense of safety and accessibility for visitors. The UNWTO's 2016 motto and vision statement, "Tourism for everyone," states that an accessible tourism component must be a part of every country's tourist policy. The issue suggests that approximately 16% of the Indian population has a disability, so the governments should implement the essential measures for accessible tourist development. The over-60 age demographic is expanding at a greater rate than any other age group due to rising life expectancy and falling birth rates. The current research endeavors to ascertain the elements that influence the travel habits of the elderly and those with disabilities who travel to the temples in Andhra Pradesh as pilgrims. The statistics also indicate that 5.8% of Andhra Pradesh's population is comprised of people with disabilities. In order to examine the factors and satisfaction level of senior citizens and physically challenged tourists, the study employs a structural equation modelling (SEM) analysis. For the current study from the four behavior factors, the standardized regression weight is highest for means of transport, revealed that it is most influential factor determine the satisfaction of senior citizens and physically challenged tourists.
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