A life-course analysis of older tourists and their changing patterns of holiday behaviour

Authored by: Gareth Shaw , Isabelle Cloquet , Paul Cleave , Andrzej Tucki , Maria João F. Custódio , Alessandra Theuma

The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138909830
eBook ISBN: 9781315693774
Adobe ISBN: 9781317437505


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The population of many Western economies is ageing, as illustrated within the EU, where currently 17 per cent of the population is over 65. Moreover, the demographic old-age dependency ratio is projected to rise from the current 28 per cent to 50 per cent by 2060 (European Commission, 2015). There are two dimensions to these trends. The first is that tourists over 65 are playing an increasingly important role within the tourism industry. The second is that tourism is more and more considered for its wellbeing benefits and consequently as a strategy for relieving pressures on healthcare public spending. The chapter aims to gain deeper knowledge on both phenomena by looking into elderly people’s travelling behaviours pre- and post-retirement and their meaning in terms of a sense of a wellbeing.

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