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UK bargain hunter tourists blessed in Bulgaria

Date: 30.04.2007

Bulgaria is the cheapest holiday destination for British travellers, while the United States is the most expensive despite the weak dollar, a survey shows.

The UK Post Office's latest holiday costs barometer ranked fifteen countries worldwide.

Bulgaria beats the likes of Thailand and Egypt to take the crown with the cost of the shopping basket reaching a combined total of just GBP 16.86, the survey shows.

The chosen items include a bottle of beer, which was cheapest in Egypt at 39 pence, a three-course evening meal for two (Bulgaria - GBP 9.66) and a packet of cigarettes (Egypt - 59 pence).

By contrast the United States weighed in at GBP 69.41 for the ten typical holiday commodities - more than twice as much as five of the countries surveyed (Bulgaria, Egypt, Portugal, South Africa and Thailand).

In the Eurozone, Portugal topped the tables with a total of just GBP 33.65 - almost 50 percent cheaper than in Spain and France.

Greece was the cheapest holiday resort in the Eastern Mediterranean, at 41.06 pounds for the 10 items, just pipping Cyprus and Turkey.

Post Office head of travel services Kevin McAdam warned: "You have to be careful when comparing costs in different countries".

"It all depends on their relative cost of living and it pays to be aware that favourable currency rates - like those currently available for the US dollar - do not necessarily mean a destination will be cheap.

"It's useful to compare the costs across Europe. Our barometer proves that one currency does not mean one cost. With a difference of GBP 32.25 between the shopping baskets in neighbouring Spain and Portugal, it is clear that there are savings to be made depending on where you choose to holiday in Europe."

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