“Older travelers are veering off the beaten path and travel agents must take heed.”
– Sheila Yellin
Courtyard Travel was happy to be a part of Newsday this past Sunday to contribute our thoughts on the spending habits of seniors and what it takes to thrive in the travel industry today.
Sheila Yellin of Great Neck’s Courtyard Travel said as many as 40% of the trips she books include at least one traveler age 65 or older, and many of them seem intent on defying time.
“They’re not a number anymore,” she said. “They’re very active. At 65, they’re like 40.” Older travelers are veering off the beaten path and travel agents must take heed, Yellin said.
“It’s not enough for us to sit at a computer and say, ‘Do you want to go to Rome?'”
She said that travel agents have to “think outside the box,” offering destinations like Africa or Antarctica.
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