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Travel information needs of informal carers of people living with dementia

Tomej, K, Hansen, M and Blichfeldt, BS (2023) Travel information needs of informal carers of people living with dementia. Current Issues in Tourism. ISSN 1368-3500

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Understandings of tourists’ contemporary information needs that emphasize spontaneous travel decision-making and tourism as an exclusively pleasurable experience do not account for the contexts of people with dementia and their carers, for whom travelling requires unique adaptations. Through netnography in four online fora, this paper investigates the hitherto under-researched travel information needs of informal carers of people living with dementia. The qualitative data highlights the breadth of pre-travel information needs and their strong emotional dimensions both when carers plan to travel with and without the person with dementia for whom they care. Our analysis uncovers the complex, interdependent nature of travel-related information queries which refer not only to narrow tourism themes but also to health, healthcare and social policy. This exploratory paper concludes with recommendations for addressing the travel information needs of this globally growing category of people, wherein collaboration across destinations, tourism and hospitality industries, the healthcare sector and other stakeholders may be required.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current Issues in Tourism on 2/07/23, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/0.1080/13683500.2023.2231127
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1505 Marketing; 1506 Tourism; Sport, Leisure & Tourism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General)
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2023 10:59
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2023 10:59
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13683500.2023.2231127
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20188
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