More senior adults travel abroad

21 June 2012 08:34

More senior travellers are flying abroad, according to a study

More senior travellers are flying abroad, according to a study

New findings suggest older people account for nearly half of all trips taken in a foreign destination.

Holiday firm Page & Moy commissioned a study which revealed that the number of holidaymakers aged 45 and above has increased from 47% six years ago to around 50% last year. People in the UK within the 45 to 54 age group go on more trips overseas compared with others in different age brackets, the report found.

It also showed that tourists aged between 45 and 64 make up 41% of the total amount spent in foreign holidays in 2010 as well as last year. British travellers aged 65 and older were the "most prolific" among the 45-plus sector, according to the data.

Nearly a third (28%) of those among the older age group travel abroad twice or more per year, in contrast to the average, of 19% which represents all ages from across the board. For the older generation who intend to take a trip abroad, investing in senior travel insurance might be a good idea as it provides cover for mishaps while adding peace of mind.

The report - conducted by the company's specialist firm Travelsphere who teamed up with Mintel Research Consultancy - showed that long-haul destinations such as Canada and India were among the favourite countries to visit.

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