Duty free ‘still a big part of holidays’

Some 65 per cent of holidaymakers set aside money in their budget to pick up tax-free items for themselves at airport duty-free shops when they travel, new research has indicated.
According to the figures, published by Direct Line Travel Insurance, traditional duty-free shops remain the most popular retail areas of airports, in spite of the “vast array” of shopping outlets now available in places such as Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
Chris Price, head of the travel insurer, said there are “hundreds of pounds to be saved” on a holiday if travellers are willing to shop around.
“For instance, by visiting countries outside of the eurozone and America, you may find that you can still get good value for your pound this summer,” he explained.
Mr Price added that early bird bookings and tax-free goodies at the airport are also good options for thrifty holidaymakers.
Perfume and aftershave were ranked as the favourite tax-free treat to pick up at the airport, while other popular items included sunglasses, cosmetics and other toiletries, cigarettes, cigars and alcohol.
However, a recent survey carried out by Tesco Money Card indicated that some 40 per cent of people returned from their holiday regretting their choice of souvenir.
The supermarket published a list of the ten “most regrettable” purchases made on holiday, including straw donkeys, mugs, novelty T-shirts, shot glasses and national costumes.

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