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Room for Everyone: Diversity Travel Site

Many Websites Available for Diversity Travel

The information highway intersects with the open road with the introduction of a many travel websites dedicated to finding destinations that accommodate diverse travelers with needs that are often neglected by the tourism industry.

Many of these sites provide a forum where travelers can share information about their travel experiences and where the travel industry can interact with often neglected traveling market segments, travelers with particular needs.

"There is room for everyone," says one travel website.

"When businesses and organizations try to anticipate diverse needs, they often concentrate on categories such as 'disabled', 'plus-sized', or 'retired,'" explains Dr. Pattie Thomas. "We prefer to think in terms of functionality. It is irrelevant why a travel needs a larger chair or a smooth surface to enter a building. What matters is that an industry that prides itself on making people more comfortable should do so for everyone."

The goal of many consumer travel websites is to create an innovative conversation between travelers and the travel industry. Industry members will be able to pose specific questions to the forum in order to better understand the market and to provide more diverse accommodations.

"Tourism has suffered in the wake of recent recessions," says Thomas. "Expanding the market to provide universal accessibility for a diverse group of travelers is an opportunity for forward-thinking tourism businesses that want to rebuild their market share. We want to provide the place where the industry meets the market. This is the great opportunity of the Internet. Businesses can meet customers from around the world without leaving their office. Customers can share information with each other and tell businesses exactly what works and doesn't work for them."

To find a consumer travel website suitable for your needs, Google travel websites.