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Older generation 'becoming more adventurous'

26 January 2009 07:57

Older generation 'becoming more adventurous'

Older holidaymakers are becoming more adventurous with their choice of holiday destinations, it has been suggested.

The news may comes as a surprise, as those slightly more advanced in years are often stereotyped with less-exotic holiday destinations such as Bournemouth and Skegness.

The head of a major travel organisation believes that it may be this stigma that has lead pensioners to look further a field for their travels.

Derek Moore, chairman for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, said: "I think with the older generation, when they were growing up a holiday was looked upon as being once a year.

"Now they are becoming a bit more adventurous with their holidays."

Mr Moore added that the southern hemisphere - South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, in particular - were becoming especially popular with the older generation.

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