Savvy Seniors want to get out and explore the world
AFTER 26 years of working in travel with older-age clients, GoSee Touring owners Kylie and David Bantoft have developed a good sense of how the travel market is changing for these Australians.
"It's changed in the last decade, especially with people being more active and more aware of their health," Mrs Bantoft said.
"They just want to experience things. It's not just about seeing different sights, it's about exploring and getting into the culture of different destinations, meeting the locals and enjoying their food.
"Seniors are more savvy, they want to explore, they want to get out and enjoy their life.
"They want to stay in a place where they can unpack for seven days and go out and do their touring."
Playing a favourite sport in a social competition has become quite popular too.
"We do a lot of tours to places like Vanuatu and Norfolk for croquet, bowls, petanque and indoor bowls," Mrs Bantoft said.
"It's a great way to invite participants from both sides of the Tasman to enjoy some friendly rivalry."
Blending the needs of these energised senior travellers has led the company to develop events that incorporate sport activities and offerings that are innovative experiences.
They take club groups and public groups on tours such as visiting the Singapore Garden Festival, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival and Taranaki Garden Show.
There are also the music enthusiasts' tours to Norfolk Island. "They get the best of both worlds by travelling with their group or joining a group of like-minded people to enjoy the hobbies they like doing and also see another part of the world," Mrs Bantoft said.
Other tours being introduced in 2020 in response to the evolving Seniors travel market are experiences for food lovers, touring with an opera star, a UK flower show, an Irish music tour and another one to the southern US - both led by Australian musicians.
"We believe we are Seniors travel experts, especially when it comes to group travel."
Go to goseetouring.com.au or phone 1300 551997.