The Open Doors Organization (ODO) in cooperation with the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) and Harris Interactive, released the findings of its 2005 research study of the disability travel market. This follow-up to ODO's study of 2002 on the spending trends and market scope of U.S. adults with disabilities finds that more than 21 million adults with disabilities traveled for pleasure and/or business.
Among those adults with disabilities who have traveled by air, 84% said they encountered obstacles when interfacing with airlines and 82% said they encountered obstacles at airports. Despite such barriers, the average number of leisure trips and hotel stays was up 50% from 2002. However, 60% of travelers with disabilities who have stayed overnight in paid accommodations said they had problems at these properties:
In terms of restaurants, the study indicates
The study covered a new area of travel car rental. It found that:
For more on this study, go here.