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Transportats and Accessibility in Tourism 2017/2018

  • 4 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

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It is intended with this curricular unit that the students acquire a solid theoretical knowledge, as well as a set of methodologies and techniques of analysis that allow them to achieve the following objectives:

1.To know the processes of transport and accessibility in tourism
2. Understand the relationship between transport and tourism
Identify and characterize modes of transport and the concept of intermodality
3. Understand and analyze the relationship between supply and demand in the transport sector
4. Know how smart technologies work in transport.
5. Understand accessibility in tourism and why it is important
6.Intending the stereotypes linked with accessibility in tourism
7. Identify organizations that promote affordable tourism in Europe.
8. Analyze transport and accessibility with field visits
9. Perceive to practice some research techniques in the area of tourism and accessibility

Recommended Prerequisites

not applicable

Teaching Metodology

Theoretical-practical classes of exploration of concepts and application of contents to concrete situations. The use of methods of theoretical exposition of the various contents, complemented with interactive methods that stimulate student participation, through debates, analysis of case studies, role-playing, brainstorming, etc.
Activities of research and analysis of documents for the development of proposed tasks, namely the accomplishment of a project in group, that will be accompanied by the professor. Also visits of the field and presentations.
It is also intended to carry out technical study visits and / or talks with invited speakers, which will allow the consolidation of the knowledge acquired.

Body of Work

Theme 1 | Transport and Tourism? 1.1. Introduction to concepts? 1.2. The modes of transport and intermodality 1.3. Demand and supply of transport? Smart technologies and transport in tourism? The environmental impacts of transport

Theme 2 | Accessibility in Tourism
2.1. Introduction to concepts? 2.2. Policies and design of accessibility in tourism 2.3. E-access and training in accessible tourism? Methods of researching accessibility in tourism

Recommended Bibliography

Hensher, D. e Brewer, A., 2004. Transport: an economics and management perspective. Oxford: University Press.
Holloway, J., 2006. The Business of Tourism. Harlow. Pearson Education Limited.
Rodrigues, J. et al.(2006). The geography of transport systems. Oxon: Routledge.
Cunha, Licínio (1997) Economia e Política do Turismo, Lisboa, McGraw Hill de Portugal.

Acessibilidade em Turismo

Darcy, S. & Buhalis., D. (2010) Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues. Channel View Publications.
European Commission (2014) Economic Impact and travel patterns of accessible tourism in Europe. Download here:
European Commission (2014) Mapping skills and training needs to improve accessibility in tourism services. Download here:

Complementary Bibliography

Domínguez Vila, T., Darcy, S. & Alén González, E., (2015). Competing for the disability tourism market – A comparative exploration of the factors of accessible tourism competitiveness in Spain and Australia. Tourism Management, 47, pp.261–272.

Turismo Portugal (2017). Manual de Gestão de Destinos Turísticos Acessíveis

Weekly Planning

Week 1
1. Transportation and Accessibility in Tourism - Overview of Course
1.1 Important dates
1.2 Class Structure
1.3 Methods of evaluation
1.4 Transport - Introduction
1.5 Accessibility - Introduction

Week 2
2. Transport and tourism - Means of transport
2.1. The modes of transport
2.1.1. Road transport
2.1.2. Railway transport
2.1.3. Water sports
2.1.4. Air transport

Week 3 - I'm not here

Week 4
4. Supply and demand in the transport sector
4.1 Supply in the transport sector
4.2 Demand in the transport sector
4.2.1 Demand forecast for tourist transport
4.3 Sources of information on international tourist travel
4.5. Intermodality

Week 5
5. Transport and tourism - Environmental and human impacts
5.1 The issue of transport
5.2 The impact of transport on the climate change.
5.3 Alternative transport
5.4 Methods that use transport in tourism to avoid the 'climate change'

Week 6
Transport and tourism - 'smart'
6.1 Cities 'smart'
6.2 Transport 'smart'
6.3 The role of citizens in creating 'smart' information.

6.4 Preparation for field visit
6.5 Preparation for Presentations 'PetchaKutcha'

Week 7
Field visit (Nov 3-6th or could I get students to meet me at airport)

Week 8
8. Accessibility in tourism - Introduction
8.1 Who needs accessibility?
8.1.2 Challenges accessibility stereotypes!
8.2 Travelers and accessibility
8.2.1 Transport
8.2.2 Accommodation
8.2.3 Tourism Sites

Week 9
Introductions 'PetchaKutcha'
9. Accessibility in tourism- more
9.1 Travel Planning
9.2 Customer services
9.3 Best practice cases.
9.4 Affordable tourism is a competitive advantage
9.4.1 Tangible and Intangible Resources and
Competitive advantage

Week 10
10. Accessibility in tourism - Policies and designo
10.1 Bodies that promote accessibility in tourism
10.2 Policies for accessibility in tourism
10.3 The accessible design
10.3 1 Accessibility in historic centers
10.3 Accessibility on beaches

Week 11
11. Accessibility in Tourism - E-access and training
11.1 E-Info on accessibility in tourism
11.1.1 Designation of accessible websites
11.2 People's training in accessible tourism
11.3 Best case studies in the area of ??accessible tourism
11.4 Preparation for field work

Week 12
Field work (accessibility and transport) - So one day (4hrs)

Week 13
Guest lecture (Ciclaaveiro, Paulo Viega, Bernado, Jose Mota?) (11th Dec)

Group Presentations (12th Dec)

Week 14
Minimal Review of Transportation and Accessibility (18th Dec)
Written test (19th Dec)

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The programmatic contents are consistent with the objectives of the CU, as can be seen through the comparative analysis of these two parameters. The objectives related to the theme Transport and tourism will be achieved through programmatic content 2, understanding the geography of the transport network, characterizing different modes of transport and intermodality, and understanding transport supply and demand. Objectives 5 to 7 refer to the theme of accessibility and will be implemented through programmatic content 3, which will explain the main general concepts about accessible tourism, new trends in this area and the main operations involved in the hotel industry

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The teaching methodologies adopted are consistent with the objectives of the curricular unit, integrating a set of activities that allow students to have the necessary tools to consolidate the acquired knowledge. Firstly, the use of the expository method, associated with the interactive method, will allow the student to understand the fundamental concepts of the transportation and accessibility systems in tourism expressed in the various objectives of the CU. The activities of research and analysis of documents, as well as the accomplishment of group work, will allow to consolidate the acquired knowledge and apply this knowledge to concrete cases. Finally, conducting study visits and / or holding lectures with invited speakers will allow students to learn about nearby realities, enhancing the teaching-learning process of the CU.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledge  
Adapting to new situations  
Analytical and synthetic skills  
Balanced decision making  
Bargaining ability  
Commitment to effectiveness  
Commitment to quality  
Cultural awareness  
Ethical and responsible behaviour  
Event organization, planning and management  
Initiative and entrepreneurship capabilityYes 
IT and technology proficiency  
Problem Analysis and Assessment  
Relating to others  
Research skills  
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversity  
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