STRONG foreign currencies and a shortage of last-minute deals has caused the price of a typical summer holiday in the Balearics to rocket.
Travel industry expert Bob Atkinson claimed an average family break to the region had gone up by around 400 pounds sterling because of the current economic climate and financial downturn.

He commented: “What a lot of people may have found is that when they were looking for holidays this summer they would have noticed that might have been quite cheap last year is now substantially more expensive. This is because the euro has strengthened significantly against the pound and therefore, if you are British, you get less for your money in terms of holiday,” added Mr Atkinson.

He also blamed rising fuel prices for driving up the price of trips abroad.
Meanwhile, an industry survey has revealed that around five million UK consumers are planning to book their 2009 summer breaks before Christmas in a bid to secure the best deals.

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