Ana Isabel Gomez Leiras

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PhD Student/ Faculty of Sociology
University of A Coruña

My professional career is developed during the first 10 years in companies in the sector tourism in different management positions

For 15 years I have been teaching Hotel Management at the Hotel Management School of Galicia (Centro Superior de Hostelería de Galicia)
For 4 years I have been teaching Hospitality Resources and Business Performance for theI nternacional European Bachelor in Hospitality
Management at the Centro Superior de Hostelería de Galicia coordinated with University of Brighton
Currently, I am a PhD student of the doctoral program in social sciences at University of A Coruña (Spain)
My PhD thesis is developed in the area of accessible tourism


Máster master's in planning and management of destinations and tourist products (University of A Coruña)
Bachelors degree in Tourism (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)
Great Diploma in Hotel Management (University of Santiago)
Diploma in Hotel Management (École hôtelière de Lausanne)
Spanish: Native; Galicien: Celga 4; English: C1


Social Sciences, Tourism and Hotel Management


A Bibliometric Study of Accesible Tourism Synonymy

This paper investigates the synonym and the state of the art in accessible tourism through a bibliometric analysis and systematic review approach. A total of 318 articles published between 1984 and 2022 were selected form Scopus database and analyzed using Bibexcel, Excel and VOSviewer software. Results indicate that “Accessible Tourism” is the most effective search strategy, although early publications use a variety of synonyms. An analysis of the evolution of the literature over time revealed four different stages of scientific production named: discovery, prospecting, recognition and outreach. Sustainability (Switzerland), Portugal and University of Aveiro are the most productive journal, country and institution, although Tourism Management is the most cited publication and Australia, University of Technology of Sydney and Simon Darcy are the most cooperative and cited nation, university and author.

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Accessible tourism Bibliometric study Systematic literature review

Stakeholders Perspectives of the Current State of Accessible Tourism at Urban Destinations

Accessible tourism is a right for millions of people and a business opportunity for the tourism industry. The objective of this article is to analyse the current situation of accessibility in urban destinations to accommodate visitors with motor and sensory disabilities. We present the data related to the case of A Coruña with an analysis of the opinion of those responsible for the local administration, company managers, associations of people with disabilities and professors from a hotel management college. The results elucidated that all the problems and solutions expressed by the agents could be classified as technical, economic and cultural. Additionally, the functions of the public, private and associative sectors were pointed out. This research categorize, for the first time, the problems that hinder adaptations and the solutions that could be implemented to adapt destinations.

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Accessible tourism Stakeholders Destinations