Recent reductions in the price of food and drinks in a range of popular destinations, along with the strengthening of the pound, have made long-haul destinations such as Sri Lanka significantly cheaper in 2011.
Sri Lanka came top of a list created by Post Office Travel Money, which gave details of long-haul destinations which have become far cheaper for Brits than they were in 2010. The cost of a trip to Sri Lanka was calculated to have fallen by a third since 2010 for British travellers. Sri Lanka came out as 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand, which joined Vietnam as the second best-value long-haul holiday destination for the UK’s holidaymakers.
The list was devised by calculating the cost of a typical ‘basket’ of tourist buys from each of the 28 destinations tested, and found that overall prices have dropped in 13 of the countries. Other nations offering reduced costs for Brits included South Africa, where prices have dropped by around 15 per cent for visitors since the boom surrounding the 2010 World Cup. Dubai and Egypt also showed prices lower by around 15 per cent while Brazil and Hong Kong were shown to be cheaper by 10 per cent or more since 2010.
“Things are looking up for hard-pressed holidaymakers,” commented Sarah Munro at Post Office Travel Money. “After a summer when the weak UK pound bought less holiday cash in Europe, tourists heading further afield for winter sun can look forward to seeing their pounds stretch further in most long-haul destinations,” she added.
“Resort prices have fallen in two thirds of countries surveyed and sterling has strengthened against 15 of 28 long-haul currencies.”