A uniform travel scheme proposed by the European Union (EU) could help older people who may otherwise not be able to afford a holiday.
Antonio Tajani, the EU’s commissioner for enterprise and industry, wants to see the initiative commence across the continent following its successful introduction in Spain.
Every euro invested in the scheme has enabled the Spanish Central Inland Revenue Service to recover €1.5 and Sean Tipton, spokesman for ABTA – The Travel Association, believes a Europe-wide initiative would have huge benefits for both older people and the tourism industry.
"This is win-win situation for everybody and we look forward to seeing German, Portuguese, Greek and Spanish pensioners enjoying their holidays in York, Manchester, Wales and the Lake District and our own getting some well deserved winter sun," he commented.
Mr Tipton went on to say that because the scheme has worked so sell in Spain, there is "no reason" why it cannot achieve the same levels of success in other countries.
There are 102 million people in the EU aged between 55 and 75, and many of these could benefit if the initiative became a reality.