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US still 'a lot cheaper on the whole' as a holiday destination

26 January 2009 07:45

US still 'a lot cheaper on the whole' as a holiday destination

Going on holiday to America is still good value for money, despite the current strength of the dollar.

The Travel Association (ABTA) has suggested that British holidaymakers should still consider the US as a viable location for a break because so many things are cheap to do there.

Sean Tipton, spokesperson for ABTA, explained that, for example, going out for a meal or shopping "is a lot cheaper there on the whole".

He said that this can help to make the negative impact of the bad exchange rate more bearable for travellers.

Mr Tipton pointed out that the only really expensive part of a holiday to America needs to be the flights.

He commented: "If you have reasonable flights available it is affordable. Because it is a long haul destination it's not a spur of the moment decision that people make to go to America.

"So even when people are reading negative headlines and there is a bad exchange rate it is cushioned by that."

The US dollar has risen in value against the pound by almost 30 per cent since July this year, meaning that £1 currently buys $1.74. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18847044-ADNFCR