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Florida and Dubai 'cheaper than Spain' for UK holiday makers - here's how


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Long and mid-haul destinations can cost significantly less than Spain for the British holidaymaker, according to TravelSupermarket.

The price comparison site found that, although British tourists make up the largest number of tourists in Spain, now spending two weeks in the Costa Del Sol could cost more than going all the way to the Middle East or the USA.

TravelSupermarket calculated average costs for a family of four on a week-long holiday break in May. They found that flying to Abu Dhabi from Gatwick and staying in a four-star hotel costs £308 per person, and £310 if you’re travelling to Dubai instead.

The same holiday in Tenerife costs £420 per person, and in Menorca up to £551.

Conversely, replicating the same scenario in Florida could cost as little as £371.

“Spain, France, and Italy are ‘easy’ destinations; they’re considered a ‘guarantee’ for UK travellers,” says travel expert Lucy Piers from Cox & Kings Travel.

This comfort has led such countries to a sort of oversaturation. “It gives them the green light to increase prices,” Lucy explains, “and it goes hand in hand with the fact that the Middle East might still be a bit ‘intimidating’ for some holidaymakers.”

Indeed, on the one hand, Spanish holiday packages have sharply increased in price due to the popularity of the destination. UK travellers started picking Spain over Turkey after the failed military coup, and over Tunisia after the Sousse terror attack in 2014. Both had previously been popular desinations for Brits. 

In fact, the number of British tourists visiting Spain has been growing steadily for the past decade, with a record-high of 18 million people visiting in 2016. As a result, Spanish hoteliers put up their prices by 8%, according to Thomas Cook.

On the other hand, several factors have fuelled a price drop for holidays in exotic destinations. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have decreased their prices by 10% to attract more tourists. US holiday operators have cut prices by 35% in the past year, in the attempt to make up for the “Trump Slump”, the lack of interest in travelling to America after the 2016 presidential elections.

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