International Figures: Aging Boomers

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The figures below, researched by Harry P. Wolfe, provide a tool for long-range planning. What will the impact of these numbers be on travel?

Inclusive travel and infrastructure policy that is designed today will have a direct impact on the travel and hospitality industries of that time. Forethought can provide the economic sustainability we are seeking.

Countries Ranked by Projected Total Number of Persons 65 and Over in 2025*

Table 1
Number of Persons 65 and Older in 2025

China 198,388,459
India 106,335,720
US 63,523,732
Japan 33,659,557
Indonesia 27,750,666
Russia 25,094,309
Germany 19,812,942
France 13,980,783
Italy 13,896,091
UK 12,996,202

Table 2
Countries Ranked by Projected Percent of Persons 65 and Older in 2025*

Percent of Persons 65 and Older in 2025

Japan 28%
Italy 24.9%
Finland 24.6%
Germany 24.6%
Bulgaria 23.2%
Greece 23.2%
Sweden 23.2%
Austria 22.9%
Belgium 22.9%
Czech Rep 22.9%

* Only includes countries with a total population of one million or greater in 2025.

Source: Table 094, Midyear Population by Age and Sex, U.S. Bureau of the Census, International Data Base 2003.

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