Brits ‘choosing holidays for currency value’

Long haul holidays are getting more and more popular as people seek better value breaks amid the economic downturn.

We reported last week that Brits are turning their backs on the US and the eurozone as the pound slumps against their respective currencies, booking instead holidays to South Africa, Thailand and Dubai, according to the National Air Traffic Services.

This has now been underlined by currency exchange company Travelex, which said that Brits are considering more far-flung destinations instead of standard short haul package holidays.

Julian Neal, global marketing director at Travelex, said: “Australia and South Africa are both long haul destinations where the pound has been performing well over the past couple of months.”

Ramblers Worldwide has also reported an increase in South African holidays thanks to the exchange rate of the rand against the pound.

Meanwhile, over a million people are expected to visit Cape Town between November 2008 and January 2009 as part of the city’s peak travel season.

However, this figure is being boosted by South Africa’s position as 2010 World Cup host.

Anyone keen on getting there is time for the World Cup should get over to holidaysplease.co.uk to investigate soon – the tournament kicks off in 563 days.

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