Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 65–82 | Cite as

A Measure of Quality of Life in Elderly Tourists

  • Eunju Woo
  • Hyelin KimEmail author
  • Muzaffer Uysal


This research enriches our knowledge of the tourist market in relation to the elderly, i.e., those age 65 and older and retired. The purpose of the research is to explore the missing link between travel behaviors of the elderly and how they contribute to Quality of Life (QoL). As a result, this study clarifies elderly tourist motivation and also aims to examine the relationship among motivation, constraints, leisure-life domain satisfaction, and overall life satisfaction by generating theoretical and practical implications related to those behaviors. Using a structural equation modeling approach, the research model identifies the relevant relationships among the constructs. The results reveal that motivation positively influences satisfaction with leisure-life domain. However, travel constraints do not affect leisure-life domain satisfaction. In addition, satisfaction with leisure-life domain is linked to overall life satisfaction among the elderly.


Elderly tourist Motivation Constraints Leisure-life domain satisfaction Overall life satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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