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dc.contributor.advisorCockburn-Wootten, Cheryl
dc.contributor.advisorMcIntosh, Alison J.
dc.contributor.authorIndrawati, Yayu
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-21T20:01:17Z
dc.date.available2023-10-16T21:17:47Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationIndrawati, Y. (2020). An investigation into the socially constructed and embodied experiences of senior tourists with disabilities and their travel companions in Bali (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/14459en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/14459
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the embodied nature of the tourism experience, particularly among senior tourists with travel companions holidaying in Bali. The originality of this research is that the approach draws on a range of data to understand what shapes this context, relationships, and individuals’ understandings, of how to create an inclusive environment for senior tourists with disabilities. The research also values the subjective, inter-subjective nature of senior tourists’ experiences, with complexities in the personal, relationship, and emotional fields. Drawing upon qualitative inquiry, this research sought to understand and explore the experiences of senior tourists with disabilities, to see the world from their points of view. An inductive approach was used, beginning with experiences from senior tourists with disabilities. The data were collected using in-depth semi-structured interviews with seven senior tourists, who identified six travel companions. This was then followed with data collected from tourism providers to analyse tourism providers’ understandings, familiarity, and espoused values. In order to capture the organisations’ understandings, ten individuals from tourism organisations in Bali were also interviewed. Additionally, secondary data analysis was conducted on six tourism organisations’ websites using “Identification organisational communication theory” to highlight their espoused values, rhetoric, and assumptions regarding accessible tourism. The interview data from the senior tourists, their travel companions, and tourism providers, were then analysed using thematic analysis, and the secondary organisational data were analysed using Cheney’s “Identification theory” for analysing the espoused communication and organisational identification. The results unfolded three emergent findings: “experiencing tourism as seniors,” “relationality,” and “insights from tourism providers.” The experiences of senior tourists with disabilities holidaying in Bali highlight their relationship dynamics in terms of their embodied emotions, and social interactions. The senior tourists reflected on the various ways they experienced tourism: corporeal, sensuous, and emotional. The experience involved the object and inter-subjective aspects of Bali as a holiday environment. These findings contribute to the development of tourism knowledge in the area of senior tourist experiences, family and care travel, and accessible tourism. The thesis concludes with reflections on respecting and recognising individual differences to establish an inclusive atmosphere. It also provides recommendations for Balinese local government and tourism providers on what to continue and what to alter, to create an inclusive context for senior tourists with a disability.  
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Waikato
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dc.subjectEmbodied experience
dc.subjectsenior tourists
dc.subjecttravel companions
dc.subjectsocial construction
dc.subjectaccessible tourism
dc.subjectBali
dc.titleAn investigation into the socially constructed and embodied experiences of senior tourists with disabilities and their travel companions in Bali
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Waikato
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.date.updated2021-03-03T03:50:35Z
pubs.place-of-publicationHamilton, New Zealanden_NZ


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