Strong pound cuts the cost of hol­i­days

The Herald - - NEWS -

UK hol­i­day­mak­ers will en­joy lower costs in two out of five pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions this year, ac­cord­ing to a study.

The fall is driven by ster­ling’s year-on-year gains against 70 per cent of the top 40 hol­i­day cur­ren­cies, ac­cord­ing to Post Of­fice Travel Money.

The pound has strength­ened by 9.4 per cent against the US dol­lar, 10.3 per cent against the Kenyan shilling and 17.3 per cent against the

Turk­ish lira com­pared with Jan­uary 2017.

Long-haul des­ti­na­tions of­fer the largest de­crease in prices as the stronger pound com­bines with lower charges in shops, restau­rants and bars.

Prices have dropped 36 per cent in re­sorts at Dubai, 31 per cent in St Lu­cia and 27 per cent in New Zealand.

Ja­panese cap­i­tal Tokyo is the sec­ond cheap­est des­ti­na­tion for UK tourists. Only Bul­garia’s Sunny

Beach re­sort is cheaper.

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