Tourists over the age of 50 are leading the boom in online travel, according to a report published this week.

More than 86 per cent of over-50s have visited a travel website in the past year and 1.5 million of them booked holidays online in September. The most popular website for the over-50s last summer was Expedia, with 2.3 million visitors, followed by Lastminute.com, with 1.5 million.

The findings confirmed that, contrary to popular expectation, the over-50s were "looking and booking" travel holidays online more than their younger counterparts, according to the study, conducted by Neilsen/NetRatings, a market research company.

"What screams out is the percentage of over-50s who go online for travel," said Alex Burmaster, the company's European internet analyst. "This not only has far-reaching implications for the internet as a whole, but confirms beyond doubt that the web is not just a young person's tool."

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