Exploring perceptions of travel-eligible individuals with dementia and hotel operators

Jun Wen, Danni Zheng, Yangyang Jiang, Haifeng Hou, Ian Phau, Wei Wang

Research output: Journal PublicationArticlepeer-review


Although people with dementia have leisure travel needs, no scholars appear to have empirically explored how to meet this group’s needs as hotel guests. To bridge this research gap in tourism literature, the current study employed in-depth interviews to collect first-hand data from 15 travel-eligible tourists with early-stage dementia and 15 senior luxury hotel managers in China. Specifically, six key themes were extracted from Chinese hotel guests with dementia. Hotel managers’ commentary on meeting travel-eligible tourists with dementia’ needs during leisure travel led to three themes. Innovatively, this study further sheds light on possible contributions the tourism and hospitality industry makes to the global health field using the context of a vulnerable group–travel-eligible tourists in an ageing society.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Dementia
  • Hotel services
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Leisure
  • Travel-eligible individuals with dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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