Brits are leaders in holiday spending stakes

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

British visitors are the biggest spenders across the six Mediterranean Rim countries (France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey), accounting for 16.7% of total spend.

Data from Visa Europe reveals that the foreign consumer spending of UK tourists visiting France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey increased by 10.8% year on year between May and August 2011.

The figures are based on the year on year comparison between May and August, and reveal an increase from €13bn in the 2010 period to €14.4bn this year.

The British foreign consumer spending leadership in these six countries is followed by France (€2.01bn) and the USA (€1.21bn). Additionally, figures reveal that visitors from Russia registered the largest year-on-year increase in spending, rising from €534m in 2010 (May to August) to €743m in 2011 - a 39.2% year on year rise.

Still spending, just not as much

Despite heading the list of overseas spending, data shows that the level of spending by Britons actually fell by 0.9% from May to August between 2010 and 2011. The UK is, alongside Belgium, the only country that has actually decreased its overseas spending.

With the euro-zone being less convenient than it used to be for sterling users, British holidaymakers should travel to destinations where they can make the most of their money.

The recent ‘Long Haul Report’, produced by Post Office Travel Money, said that Brits travelling long haul should consider heading to destinations including Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The cheapest long haul destination is Sri Lanka, with prices down by a third. The drop in prices has made Sri Lanka 38% cheaper than Thailand, which is its nearest rival on the list of long haul value.
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These two Asian countries are closely followed by Vietnam and Mexico, also considered ideal destinations for budget-conscious travellers.

Using travel money cards when abroad is also a good recommendation in order to avoid overspending or paying hidden fees for credit card usage. Have a look at these three travel money cards with free ATM charges

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