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21 June 2011 10:22
More older people are taking holidays, according to a study
The tourism industry is being boosted by senior travellers, as more people aged 50 and over are seeking holidays for their physical and mental well-being.
Research by Health and Fitness Travel showed that the travel sector is benefiting from baby boomers opting for often lavish holidays.
Specialist breaks - particularly those including yoga, spa, cycling and hiking trips - are especially popular among the older generation.
The study underlined that holidays are no longer considered an indulgence by older travellers, as many embark on trips to help maintain a healthy life. A
seniors travel insurance policy could prove useful for those planning a break.
Paul Joseph, director of Health and Fitness Travel, says: "The years ahead could be the golden age of 50+ travellers as retirees seek to prolong their vitality. It isn't about reducing wrinkles, but rather health enhancement and disease prevention.
"More holiday resorts are incorporating active and wellness programmes for the healthy ageing, which provide physical and emotional benefits, long after the tan has faded."
19 January 2017
Nearly 1,000 people have had their holidays in Gambia cut short amid growing political unrest in the African state.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
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24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.