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Study Lists Favorite U.S. Cities For Travelers With Disabilities
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 30, 2006

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--A survey has found that Americans with disabilities travel to New York, New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois more than any other U.S. cities.

The survey was conducted online and by telephone in February 2005 by Harris Interactive Inc., and Travel Industry Association of America, for the Open Doors Organization.

According to an ODO press release published Thursday, the top ten most-visited cities included Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and San Diego, California.

The group, which seeks to "teach businesses how to succeed in the disability market, while simultaneously empowering the disability community", noted that the survey of nearly 1,400 participants also explored the travelers' patterns of hotel, restaurant and transportation use in 40 major tourism destinations across the continental U.S.

The results can help cities' tourism bureaus measure their popularity among people with disabilities and take the necessary steps to draw more such business and leisure travelers, it said.

"Often only a few minor steps can make a city more attractive to first-time visitors with disabilities and encourage repeat visits," said Open Doors Executive Director Eric Lipp. "Adapted transportation continues to be an issue, getting to and from the airport or just visiting local attractions. Having a website that is both accessible in itself and has accessibility information is another key component to serving this market."

The study, entitled "Research Among Adults with Disabilities: Travel and Hospitality" is available for a fee in various formats from the Open Doors website.

Open Doors Organization


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