As Figure 1 shows, Australian research provides clear evidence that there is a difference in travel pattern between people with disability and the nondisabled that is different across day trips, overnight domestic trips and outbound trips. People with disability travel at the same rate as the nondisabled for day trips but travel at significantly less for overnight domestic trips (21% less) and outbound trips (52% less) (See Dwyer & Darcy 2008; 2011). The research suggests that as travel planning becomes more complex, expensive and requires air travel that many people with disability opt out as they cannot guarantee that their access needs will be met.
|Figure 1: Comparative Travel Patterns between People with Disability & the Non-Disabled (Source: Darcy 2010)|
Darcy, S. (2003, 5-8 February). Disabling journeys: The tourism patterns of people with impairments in Australia. Paper presented at the Riding the Wave of Tourism and Hospitality Research, CAUTHE - Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Darcy, S. (2010). Inherent complexity: Disability, accessible tourism and accommodation information preferences. Tourism Management, 31(6), 816-826.