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Survey reveals best value holidays


By Ian Lewis

When it comes to offering value for money British holidaymakers have given Turkey and Spain their seal of approval.

More than three-fifths of those polled said they would go back to these countries as they had given them value for their travel money.

At the other end of the scale less than a third of those who had visited Dubai would holiday there again if looking for a break that represents value.

Meanwhile, only a slightly bigger proportion told Post Office Travel Money they would favour a return trip to France.

Value a factor

Post Office Travel Money's Andrew Brown said: "Holidaymakers can best arm themselves with information that will help them to make informed decisions about value by monitoring exchange rates to see where sterling has strengthened most this year.

"Our new research shows the extent to which value is a determining factor in destination choice."

The research showed that while people typically budgeted to spend £552 on holiday they overspent by an average of £242.

The survey asked travellers what they thought about value for money in countries that they had visited as well as those they had not. 

Around two-thirds of holidaymakers who had visited Turkey said that, based on the value for money that they had experienced, they would go back there.

Return trips

Some 63%, meanwhile, said they would return to Spain with the next best-rated countries being Portugal and Greece.

Only 29%, though, said they would revisit Dubai if they were looking for value.

Just a third would consider returning to France for that reason while 40% said they would go back to Italy.

Dubai fared a little better among people who hadn't actually been there.

Only 38% said they see it as somewhere that would offer sound value for money. France, meanwhile, was considered to offer poor value by 49% of those quizzed.

Bulgaria is the country perceived to offer the best value for money among people who have not actually visited, with Turkey, Spain and Croatia also seen as attractive destinations. 

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