Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Abstract

The goal of this project was to develop recommendations to help the Community Tourism Board in Sayausí, a rural community in Ecuador, modify existing tourist facilities and activities to allow visitors with physical disabilities to participate. In a context of worldwide efforts to make tourism inclusive for this group, Sayausí can attract a wider range of visitors and increase its income through tourism spending, while capturing a sense of pride as the community preserves its vanishing Andean culture. After identifying current barriers to accessibility in Sayausí’s tourism practices, evaluating disabled tourists’ needs, and gathering input from local residents, we developed recommendations for the Sayausí Tourism Board on how to modify their facilities and activities to become accessible.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2019

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

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