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PATH: A RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY

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Dr. Shu Cole is currently an Associate Professor at Indiana University. Her research focus is on accessible travel and hospitality.

Abstract (150 Words)

With the increasing demand for travel among people who are aging and who have disabilities, it is urgent for travel and hospitality services to expand their capacities to meet the needs of these travelers. Although some research has been conducted to identify the barriers to participation of people with disabilities and aging adults in travel-related activities, literature in this line of research is fragmented. PATH is a program for accessible travel and hospitality with a research agenda focusing on three areas: 1) examining personal and environmental factors restricting the participation of people with disabilities and aging adults in travel-related activities; 2) providing guidance and tools for travel and hospitality businesses to expand their capacity of serving travelers with disabilities, and 3) design curriculum in higher education to better prepare future labor force to serve customers with special needs. Specific research projects of PATH will be explained.

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PATH: A RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY

With the increasing demand for travel among people who are aging and who have disabilities, it is urgent for travel and hospitality services to expand their capacities to meet the needs of these travelers. Although some research has been conducted to identify the barriers to participation of people with disabilities and aging adults in travel-related activities, literature in this line of research is fragmented. PATH is a program for accessible travel and hospitality with a research agenda focusing on three areas: 1) examining personal and environmental factors restricting the participation of people with disabilities and aging adults in travel-related activities; 2) providing guidance and tools for travel and hospitality businesses to expand their capacity of serving travelers with disabilities, and 3) design curriculum in higher education to better prepare future labor force to serve customers with special needs. Specific research projects of PATH will be explained.