Don’t write off the ‘ballies’

2016-07-14 06:00

I RECENTLY read that by the year 2025, there will globally be about 800 million people over the age of 65, so we can forget that outdated adage of living for three score and 10.

We live in a generation of mature mobiles where hundreds of thousands of elderly tourists pack their bags and wonder off to all sorts of exotic places and actively engage in a variety of sport and leisure pastimes.

These folk generally have suitable financial resources and the time to spend longer periods in a destination and being free and independent travellers they often explore extensively in their quest for those memorable experiences.

Here on the South Coast we have a hundreds of retirees that have once been tourists here, loved our leisure and lifestyle options and subsequently bought property and moved here.

Besides continuing with certain sports, many of our “ballies” have taken to interesting pastimes such as birding, hiking, botany, fishing, photography, etc., and in most cases go out and savour our wonderful coastal and rural environs in the process.

It is clear that our senior citizens no longer have that curl up the toes and pass on attitude - on the contrary they are a vibrant, energetic, and an integral­ part our leisure and tourism mix.

We are blessed that we can offer visitors of all ages with differing interests the sort of stay that will render our destination much to their satisfaction.

Towards the end of the month, about 500 bowlers are coming to town for the All KZN Open and given that many will be over 60 the value of their stay (about 2 500 bed nights) is significant in the context of our mid-year season.

To all those mature mobiles here as residents and visitors in Ugu District - happy days - we only have lovely sunrises here and no thoughts of the sunsets in life.

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