What is it about?
Considering the wide-ranging scope of the literature on senior tourism, as well as the differing views of an older person, the paper aims to identify main approaches to seniors’ tourist behaviour. The findings are based on a literature review of empirical studies on the topic. Specific key elements (the temporal dimension, travel constraints and the segmentation criteria) were chosen for the analysis. The approaches were described in light of life cycle and generational theory, highlighting key variables and empirical results. Four approaches, that reflect intertwining characteristics of seniors’ tourist behaviour, are found: analysis of constraints, comparative analysis, analysis of heterogeneity and temporal analysis. Overall, how seniors’ tourist behaviour is approached is related to how seniors are viewed. Two broad views are suggested: seniors seen as an ageing group or as a heterogeneous group.
Why is it important?
The paper provides an overview of the literature on seniors’ tourist behaviour, which deepens understanding of the complexity of the topic, and describes different ways of approaching it. It contributes to the literature by proposing a synthesis of approaches, which can be useful for bridging the gap between different approaches in future research.
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