$17.3 Billion Spent on Disability Travel in US

September 2015

Disability travel generates $17.3 billion annually in the US alone, according to a new study by Open Doors Organization (ODO). ​

Executive Director of ODO Eric Lipp presented the study to the ACI Annual General Assembly recently held in Panama, saying the data “shows that the disability travel market has a greater impact than ever on the industry and the broader economy”.   

Open Doors Organization is a not-for-profit based in Chicago. Their mission is to create a society in which “all persons with disabilities have the same consumer opportunities as everyone else.”  

“In the past two years alone, more than 26 million adults with disabilities traveled for pleasure and/or business, taking 73 million trips,” Lipp said.

Although conducted in the US, the data can be applied globally as over 15 per cent of the world’s population have some form of disability, according to the World Health Organisation.

Find out more about Open Doors Organization and their study here.   

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