Uncovering Absences and Gaps: Using Ketso in Qualitative Research for Accessible Tourism

McIntosh, A
Cockburn-Wootten, C
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Edward Elgar Publishing

Engagement of stakeholders in the research process provides valuable insights around tourism issues yet can be fraught with challenges. Ketso is a toolkit that can help overcome these barriers to facilitate stakeholder inclusion and collaboration. Drawing on a study into accessibility and tourism, this paper provides critical reflections on the potential of Ketso as a qualitative method in bringing together diverse stakeholders for inclusive dialogue around social change. Ketso can develop opportunities for change in the tourism system by making the absences of knowledge and assumptions in the worldviews of powerful tourism stakeholders apparent. Our analysis revealed how Ketso enabled inclusive collaboration to engender both tacit and wider community stakeholder knowledge, building capacity for co-created solutions to make tourism more accessible (barrier-free) for travellers with disabilities.

Ketso; Participatory method; Qualitative research; Accessible tourism; Tourism stakeholder
Journal of Qualitative Research in Tourism, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2021, pp. 1–19
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