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Title: Assessing physical accessibility conditions to tourist attractions. The case of Maspalomas Costa Canaria urban area (Gran Canaria, Spain)
Authors: Santana Santana, Sara Beatriz 
Peña Alonso, Carolina Priscila 
Perez-Chacon Espino, María Emma 
UNESCO Clasification: 54 Geografía
5401 Geografía económica
531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
Keywords: Accessible Tourism
Network Analysis
Physical Disability
Tourist Attractions
Urban Planning, et al
Issue Date: 2020
Journal: Applied Geography 
Abstract: In this research, a methodology for the analysis of accessibility conditions for people with physical disabilities was developed. The analysis is based on an assessment of the sidewalk network in two tourist areas located in Maspalomas Costa Canaria (Gran Canaria, Spain). ArcMap's Network Analyst was used, and Spanish regulations on accessibility in urbanized public spaces, as well as the points of origin (tourist accommodation, bus stops and reserved parking lots for people with reduced mobility) and destination (access points to the beach and other tourist elements, some of them with heritage value) for typical users were considered. After application of the methodology, a set of potential routes were obtained. The results reveal deficient walkability, with breaks in the accessibility chain in both study areas. It is concluded that new measures to improve accessibility are required which can be used as a basis for the development of new tourist products to reinforce the competitiveness of the tourist destination.
ISSN: 0143-6228
DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102327
Source: Applied Geography [ISSN 0143-6228], v. 125, 102327, (Diciembre 2020)
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