SA value for UK tourists
Thanks to the tanking currency, South Africa has just been rated as the cheapest long-haul tourist destination for visitors from the UK.
According to a study compiled by the UK’s Post Office Travel Money, South Africa is also the third-cheapest destination in the world for meals and drinks.
Portugal’s Algarve tops the chart for the first time in five years as a result of low prices for meals and drinks.
The Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach is a close runner-up, registering a similar year-on-year price fall of 18%.
Prices are down by 20% in Cape Town because of the pound’s strength against the rand. By midday Friday, the rate stood at R23.96 to the pound.
The weakness of the Hungarian currency has helped Budapest overtake the Czech capital of Prague as the best-value European city destination for UK tourists.
And even Tokyo is looking far more affordable for UK tourists because of a combination of falling prices and the weak yen.
The costs of tourist essentials, such as meals and drinks, were compared to rank the destinations in order of value for UK tourists.
In Cape Town, a cup of coffee or a beer costs less than 91p (or almost R22). A can of Coke will set a British visitor back 45p (R10.73).
– Staff reporter