SA value for UK tourists

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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

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