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Older holidaymakers urged to take out travel insurance

26 January 2009 10:07

Older holidaymakers urged to take out travel insurance

Tourists who are over 55 should still take out travel insurance despite it being more expensive, says the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

Older travelers are part of an affluent generation who are able to take longer and more adventurous holidays abroad but travel insurance for over 65's is expensive with many in the age group suffering from health complaints.

ABTA believe it is crucial for older travelers to have holiday insurance as a report by the Association of British Insurers revealed that tourists aged over 65 were three times more likely to make an insurance claim than those over 35.

Sean Tipton press officer at ABTA, said: "If you do have a pre-existing medical condition then the insurance policies do rise because insurance is a calculated risk and you are more likely to claim."

Research by the Alliance and Leicester revealed that 13 per cent of over 55 year-olds took five or more holidays per year.