2008 News Archive - Holidays - Tourists flock to North Africa
15 12 2008
UK tourists fed up with the unfavourable euro exchange rate are flocking to North Africa in search of bargain breaks, according to the Telegraph.
The newspaper reported that savvy tourists are ignoring traditional European holiday hotspots like Spain and instead are travelling to Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, where they can get more local money for their pounds.
According to data published by cheapflights.co.uk, bookings for Egypt have risen by 13 per cent compared with last year and earlier this month the Tunisian tourist board reported a 3.4 per cent increase in the number of visitors compared with 2007.
The Telegraph said: "Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have seen a surge in visitors, as have non-euro destinations such as Turkey."
Last month Helen Warburton, the head of Post Office Travel, said that sales of the Turkish lira had increased by 52 per cent on last year, suggesting tourists may be taking advantage of favourable exchange rates to book holidays to Turkey.