PO confirms value of non-eurozone countries

2009-01-26

Budapest and Prague have been identified as key city-break destinations by the Post Office. The Post Office’s Worldwide Holiday Costs barometer compared the cost of holidaying in 27 countries and found European destinations fill six of the top ten places that provide value for money. Cheapest of all are Hungary and the Czech Republic, which will make Budapest and Prague good city choices for UK tourists taking short breaks. For longer stays Turkey, Bulgaria and Croatia are cheaper than any of the eurozone countries, although Spain made it into the top ten lowest-priced destinations. Key eurozone destinations like Greece and France are also looking more competitive.South Africa is identified as the best option for long-haul tourists this year, as the rand is currently worth over 8% less than a year ago.Kenya is another Post Office hotspot for 2009 because sterling has dropped significantly less against the shilling than against currencies for other longer haul destinations including Egypt, the US and Thailand. A combination of hotel and flight discounts and the low tourist costs make the destination an attractive prospect.