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Holidaymakers could see spending money go further in 2020

The strengthening of sterling and local price cuts could give UK travellers a boost, Post Office Travel Money said.

Holidaymakers could see their spending money go further in 2020 (PA)
Holidaymakers could see their spending money go further in 2020 (PA)

By Vicky Shaw, PA Personal Finance Correspondent

Holidaymakers could see their spending money go further in 2020 as the pound packs more of a punch than a year ago, according to the Post Office.

Thirty-four of its 40 best-selling currencies are weaker against sterling than a year ago, including the euro and the US dollar.

Sterling’s biggest gain was against the Turkish lira – being worth around 20.5% more against the Turkish currency in January 2020 than in January 2019.

Another big gain of 12.4% has been made by sterling against the Chilean peso.

In Europe the best deals are likely to be in Bulgaria, Turkey and Portugal, while further afield Japan, Vietnam and Bali are looking good bets for the bargain-hunter Nick Boden, Post Office Travel Money

Only six currencies are stronger against sterling than a year ago – the Russian ruble, the Egyptian pound, the Thai baht, the Costa Rican colon, the Canadian dollar and the Indonesian rupiah – according to the report compiled by Post Office Travel Money.

As well as sterling strengthening, local price cuts have also been made in some destinations, in a further boost for UK travellers, the report found.

The Post Office found local price cuts had been made in destinations including Abu Dhabi, Bulgaria, Canada, Dubai, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Post Office Travel Money head of travel Nick Boden said: “With the price falls we found in destinations worldwide, holidaymakers will have plenty of choice in the coming year – provided sterling holds its value.

“In Europe the best deals are likely to be in Bulgaria, Turkey and Portugal, while further afield Japan, Vietnam and Bali are looking good bets for the bargain-hunter.

“The clear message is that holidaymakers should do their homework on resort prices before booking to be sure of the best deal.”

The Post Office looked at the typical cost of eight tourist items including drinks and meals.

They were a three-course evening meal for two with wine, a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, a can of cola, a large bottle of water, a cup of coffee, suncream and insect repellent.

It found that at just £30.68 typically for the eight items, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, was the cheapest destination looked at.

Prices in Marmaris in Turkey (£44.15) were found to be the next cheapest, followed by Tokyo (£48.21) in third place and Portugal’s Algarve (£49.87) in fourth place.

The Seychelles (£165.10) and Abu Dhabi (£152.11) remain the most expensive destinations in the survey, although prices have recently been falling in both, the report said.

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