The last entry of this blog I want to devote to a concluding remark. In this blog I have divided the entries roughly between two theoretical concepts. The first 6 entries have covered the theme of tourism performances and tourist experiences in and around Groningen’s many tourism activities. The last entries have examined the accessibility of some of the tourism activities in and around Groningen.
Since this divide might cause difficulties choosing one winner amongst the different tourism activities considering accessibility and performance, I want to start with choosing two winners first. First of all, in terms of Hazel Tucker’s notion on tourist performances I would like to propose the Groningen Nighlife as the best scoring tourist activity in Groningen. One of the biggest attractions of tourists in Groningen are its clubs, bars and pubs. Even when tourist might not know much about it once they have experienced the Groninger nightlife they will perform in the appropriate way. Tourist will just be sucked up in the international student culture and, therefore, experience the nightlife as very friendly and inclusive to foreigners. On the other hand, in terms of accessibility the Canal Tour scores best in Groningen. With the easy access and many different tours to choose the Canal Tours might be the best way, both for tourist with disabilities and others, to explore and experience Groningen city and its surroundings in its completeness. Because of this good performance of the tourist experience in combination with the accessibility for tourists with disabilities, which gives them one of the best ways to explore the city, can we argue that the Canal Tour is the overall winner. Moreover, if we consider accessibility we might run into some difficulties with the Groningen Nightlife; many bars and pubs in Groningen can only be entered via some stairs (see pictures) and might be either to dark or crowed to be enjoyed by tourists with disabilities.
|Pub De Negende Cirkel|
In conclusion, with this blog I have tried to explore the tourism performance by tourism activities and examine the accessibility in various tourism activities/places in Groningen. But, because of this distinction the third objective – to find the best tourist experience for both tourists and tourists with disabilities – might be troublesome. Nevertheless, considering the eight activities and locations I have looked at one can argue that the Canal Tour will be the best experience for any kind of tourist.
With this conclusion I would like to end this blog and thank everybody for reading.