Spain well down best value list


Bulgaria has emerged as the world’s best value holiday destination in a report commissioned by Teletext Holidays. The report was drawn up by statistician Geoff Ellis of digital marketing group Jaywing, using 18 variables in six categories: general costs, travel costs at location, food and drink, accommodation, flights and the weather.It focused on the most visited locations by British holidaymakers according to the Office of National Statistics and ABTA.Second to Bulgaria came Morocco, followed by Tunisia, Egypt, the Czech Republic, India, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, Malta, Poland, Thailand, Dubai, Cyprus, Pakistan, Spain, Germany, the Caribbean and Belgium.Teletext said Bulgaria topped the list by virtue of offering the cheapest pint of beer at just 49p, a double room in a three-star hotel with breakfast for ?45 (third cheapest), a three-course meal with service for ?7 (second) and a Big Mac for ?1 (equal third).Flights to and from the country cost an average of ?58, while the average taxi journey once there comes in at ?1.45. Morocco, meanwhile, is particularly good for luxury breaks as a five-star double room with breakfast in Marrakech costs an average of ?80. The country can also boast average rainfall of just four days per month, while a pint costs 51p (second cheapest). Flights come in at ?90 and the average cab fare at ?2.80.Spain, perennially the most popular destination for British holidaymakers, managed only 17th overall due to hotel accommodation ranging from ?80-?145 per night, average taxi fares of ?7 and a three course meal costing ?18 per head.Other traditional favourites Italy and France failed to feature and were outdone by India and South Africa, which were the sixth and tenth best value destinations respectively.Teletext said that once a flight to South Africa had been negotiated at around ?716, holidaymakers could enjoy a three-course meal for ?8.50 (third cheapest) and a pint for 83p (fourth).Hotels in both India and South Africa represent very good value at about ?55 for a three-star room, while cab fares in the former average 55p a trip.According to the report the Caribbean offers the best value hotel accommodation worldwide, with a three-star double room in Cuba, for example, costing just ?25 a night.Commenting on the findings Ash Makkar, marketing director of Teletext Holidays, said: ‘Interest in countries such as Morocco and India has grown significantly, proving that people are becoming more adventurous than ever before when it comes to booking a trip abroad.‘The traditional holiday locations of the past 20-30 years will always remain popular but we hope that our ‘World’s Best Value Breaks Report’ will give holidaymakers insight and inspiration when it comes to choosing their next overseas holiday, whether it’s a European cit break or a week in Goa’.