Skint skiers head for Bulgaria

2009-10-30

Recession-hit skiers and snowboarders can save 40% on the cost of their wintersports holidays by travelling to Bulgaria instead of the French Alps. A survey of flights, accommodation and lift-pass prices by InsureandGo reveals skiers would spend around ?819 on the major elements of a ski holiday in a top Bulgarian resort, compared to ?1,366 in a typical French Alpine resort between Christmas and New Year.The insurer is predicting a big increase in Eastern European winter holidays this season as cash-strapped skiers look for bargains.However, price cuts by US resorts means that a week’s accommodation in an American three-star hotel would only cost ?197, by far the cheapest in the survey - but flights cost ?741.Perry Wilson, founder of InsureandGo, said: ‘Christmas falls conveniently on a Friday this year, so many British skiers and boarders will be looking to get away on Boxing Day for a week on the slopes.‘Despite signs of economic recovery people are still feeling the pinch, so we predict that many skiers and snowboarders will be taking advantage of the significant savings they can make by going to a country like Bulgaria.'Meanwhile, new price comparison site hotelly.com reports a spike in users searching for pre-Christmas beach holidays.The top five destinations booked in October are Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife, Goa, Lanzarote and Dalaman.Hotelly.com claims the average consumer looks at 23 websites before booking their holiday and spends an average of 46 hours researching holidays.