Strong pound provides winter holiday boost for British tourists – where is popular?

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The Post Office Holiday Travel Money Index found that pent-up demand for holidays has led to a big increase in interest in winter sun destinations. A strong pound is also giving Britons more bang for their buck.

The Post Office Holiday Travel Money Index revealed that Croatia is one of the top European destinations for Britons.

Sales of Croatian Kuna are up by 1,304 percent compared to last year as British people rush to book some winter sun.

The Middle Eastern hotspot of Dubai has also caught the eye of British tourists with currency sales up by 633 percent compared to last year.

In a strong year for the British pound, British travellers can get more for their money in 25 of the Post Office’s top currencies.

British tourists with a Turkish holiday booked can now get an extra £210 on a £500 transaction.

The pound has risen by 73 percent against the Turkish lira since the UK’s first lockdown in March 2020.

Britons are also spending more on holiday and the Post Office has seen an increase in the average purchase amount.

The average Euro transaction is now worth £462 on average as Britons look to catch up on last time.

Iceland has become an increasingly popular destination with British people looking for a winter break.

Sales of US dollars have also surged as double-vaccinated Britons prepare to travel to the USA from November 8.

However, one of the best value winter destinations for Britons was the popular resort of Montego Bay in Jamaica.

A three course meal for two cost £46.22 in the resort compared to £85.13 in Bridgetown Barbados.

Nick Boden, Post Office Head of Travel Money, said: “Looking at our currency sales, the green shoots of recovery are now evident for most of the destinations now opening up to British visitors again and reveal a latent demand for hotspots in Europe and further afield.

“The strength of sterling is a real bonus but it is also important to consider the cost of living in individual countries.

“When you combine the two, Jamaica and Mauritius look like winter sun winners according to our barometer of resort costs. Prices for meals and drinks are 79 percent higher in Barbados than in Jamaica.

“Similarly, when you compare costs in the most popular US destinations, visitors to Orlando in Florida will pay around a third less than in New York.”

Double-vaccinated British tourists will need to take a day two lateral flow after arriving in the UK.

Tests must be booked with a Government approved provider which can be found on the Government website.

British tourists are also advised to check the current restrictions in their destination before travelling.

Although there are currently no countries on the UK red list, the Government has said it remains an option if needed.

Best Selling Currencies

  1. Euro
  2. US dollar
  3. Croatian Kuna
  4. UAE dirham
  5. Canadian dollar
  6. Australian dollar
  7. Turkish lira
  8. South African rand
  9. Swiss franc
  10. New Zealand dollar

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