Ekonomiczne Problemy Turystyki (Jan 2015)

Aktywność turystyczna seniorów – na przykładzie turystów-obcokrajowców przebywających na terenie województwa podkarpackiego w 2012 roku

  • Krzysztof Szpara

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 29


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The main aim of this article was to define the activity level of senior foreigners who visited the Podkarpackie Province during summer and autumn of 2012. The research was conducted within the international project TOURage – Developing Senior Tourism in Remote Regions, which included twelve partners from ten European countries. Survey was conducted in selected places of Podkarpackie Province, both in the tourist accommodation base, as well as tourist attractions, with the usage of questionnaire earlier prepared by the project’s coordinator, accepted and delivered by the representatives of the Podkarpackie Marshal Office. In most cases they decide to stay on vacation for 1–2 weeks, usually during summer and autumn, accompanied by a spouse or friends. Journey and accommodation is organized by them individually, based on their own experiences or the opinions of relatives and friends. The greatest obstacles of tourist trips of senior citizens are security concerns during traveling and place of residence, money and health. They decide on going for trips mainly because they want to rest in a peaceful environment as well as spend some time with their families, and also because of possibility of taking part in new adventure. Sometimes they also seek new friends. Their choice of place to stay depends among others on: level of standard and quality of hotel accommodation, quality of services, safety, natural and cultural values, gastronomy, the opportunity to visit friends and relatives. Things like: handicraft, education, convenient transport connections, life in the city, camping have no influence on the choice.