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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."
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.