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Understanding sport tourism: Experiences among physically disabled individuals

Khor, Poy Hua and Lim, Khong Chiu and Radzuwan, Radzliyana (2013) Understanding sport tourism: Experiences among physically disabled individuals. In: 3rd International Conference on Sports and Exercise Science, 7th - 10th February 2012, Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel.

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Sport tourism experiences by physically-disabled Malaysian differ significantly from those experienced by the able-bodied population as they have to adhere to leisure constraints to a greater extent. It is a challenge for sport tourism providers to cater the demand of physically-disabled individuals. Purpose: This study focused on examining the leisure barriers and negotiation decisions experienced by physically-disabled Malaysian using the Hierarchical Model of Leisure Constraints developed by Crawford, Jackson and Godbey (1991) as the guiding theoretical base. Methods: to achieve this objective, 312 physically -disabled individuals were selected as sample of the study. A self-administered questionnaire was developed for this study. Multistage cluster random sampling with proportion design was used to draw samples. Results: The result reveal that physically-disabled Malaysian perceived a combination of structural constraints, interpersonal constraints, intrapersonal constraints, and cultural constraints with structural constraints as the main leisure constraints perceived in sport participation. It was also identified that transportation mainly constrained most physically-disabled Malaysian in pursuing their interest in sport tourism. Specifically, age and ethnicity background fully influence the perception of leisure constraints among physically-disabled Malaysian in sport tourism pursuits, while marital status only inter-personally related. Somehow, the adoption of interpersonal coordination, skill acquisition, time management, and financial resources strategies provide them opportunities to pursue sport tourism, where majority participated in leisure activities suitable to their skills. Ethnicity background influence the decision of physically-disabled Malaysians' in adopting interpersonal coordination and skill acquisition strategies in sport tourism pursuit. Conclusion: Analysing how physically-disabled Malaysians coped with, adjusted to, and negotiated leisure constraints provides the basic for further conceptual understanding of constraints in sport tourism. Besides that, the information gathered gives sport tourism providers and policy makers the opportunity to understand better the demand for sport events in serving existing sport tourists, as well as attract new sport tourists.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organized by Faculty of Sports Science, Chulalongkorn University and on behalf of Consortium of Sports Science and Physical Education Deans and The University Sports Board of Thailand
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport tourism, physically disabled sport tourist, leisure constraints, negotiation strategies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Lim Khong Chiu
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 09:23
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 09:23

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