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CheapTravelInsurance.com Appoints New Heavyweight Underwriter to Offer Customers Enhanced Service and Greater Cover

Leading online travel insurance specialist CheapTravelInsurance.com has this week announced a deal with a new policy underwriter aimed at giving customers a better service than ever. Increased peace of mind thanks to more extensive travel insurance cover is the order of the day thanks to CheapTravelInsurance.com changing its underwriter to Mondial Assistance.

Travellers who take out a travel insurance policy through CheapTravelInsurance.com can now enjoy greater levels of cover thanks to Mondial Assistance being a member of the gigantic global insurance group Allianz. Mondial Assistance has been providing travellers with specialist insurance policies since the 1950s and enjoys a reputation for sourcing medical excellence overseas for policyholders.

CheapTravelInsurance.com offers Which? recommended travel insurance policies at affordable prices which can be reviewed and bought online at the traveller’s convenience. The website also offers extensive levels of additional travel information including weather and news updates which could affect customers’ insurance policies on planned trips.

Single trip insurance policies are available at the click of a mouse, as are annual multi-trip cover, ski and snowboarding policies, backpacking cover and cheap travel insurance for the over 65s. The new insurance policies offered in partnership with Mondial Assistance include 63 sports and leisure activities included as standard, compared to previous policies which covered only 40. Extreme sports are covered in large numbers too, from abseiling to water-skiing, bungee jumping to scuba diving – perfect for the adrenaline junkie!

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Essential Travel Takes Top Spot At Prestigious Travel Industry Awards

Essential Travel, a leading provider of travel products, has recently scooped a top accolade as leading travel industry figures voted its website, www.essentialtravel.co.uk, the Best Holiday Add-on Site at the prestigious Travelmole Awards at a ceremony in London.

Nearly 300 people from the travel industry gathered at the awards, which were held at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London. The Travelmole Awards are now into their eighth year and saw record numbers of companies nominating themselves to be considered for a hotly contested award.

Simon Purnell, Managing Director of Essential Travel, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with this award. Essential Travel is all about offering travellers great value holiday extras on one website. To be recognised by the travel industry as the Best Holiday Add-on Site is the ultimate accolade for us. Our customers are at the heart of our focus and the team will continue to work hard to deliver exceptional products that make our customers holidays safer, cheaper and easier.”

Essential Travel is owned by Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, which also saw its sustainability website, www.thomascook.com/sustainable-tourism be shortlisted for the Best Responsible Tourism site.

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Essentialtravel.Co.Uk Scoops Top Industry Accolade

Leading travel essentials provider scoops top industry accolade. EssentialTravel.co.uk was delighted to accept the top gong for Best Travel Insurance Website at last night’s Travolution Awards.

Held at The Dorchester Hotel, the prestigious Travolution Awards celebrate achievement in innovation and outstanding strategy within the travel industry.

EssentialTravel.co.uk was shortlisted alongside five competitor websites in its category. Directors Stuart Bensusan and Philip Jordan attended the event and were delighted when it was announced they had won.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award,” says Philip Jordan, Director, EssentialTravel.co.uk. “We work hard as a team to ensure that our website is user friendly, regularly updated and fun to use. To have been recognised by our peers in the industry is a huge honour.”

An independent panel of judges from across the industry felt that Essentialtravel.co.uk was a deserving winner due to its outstanding performance across all of the key categories, including functionality and clarity of product. The panel was also impressed by the high level of credibility of the services offered by EssentialTravel.co.uk. For further information and to book visit www.essentialtravel.co.uk or call 0845 803 5434.

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Families Are Tipping Too Much On Holiday, Report Says

M&S Travel Money has released new research which shows that British families could save up to £135* in holiday spending money just by investing a few minutes reading up on the tipping etiquette for the country they are visiting.

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The survey by M&S Travel Money found that almost 40% of British holidaymakers don’t familiarise themselves with expected gratuities and customs before they travel and as a result will regularly hand out unnecessary amounts of cash in tips which can add up to as much as 30% of their total holiday spending funds.

The research found that:
– One in six Brits believe it is customary to tip in Japan – a country where tipping is actually deemed highly insulting
– 39% of British women admit they don’t know where tipping rules do and don’t apply vs 28% men
– 55+ is the age group least informed about tipping expectations and as a results are the most likely to find themselves out of pocket
– 1 in 10 Britons finds themselves ‘caught short’ with less spending money than anticipated due to an oversight regarding tips

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager and author of the brand’s newly launched online Tip Advisor Guide, said: “Whilst the eyes of cash conscious holidaymakers are eagerly scouring for the best holiday deals, this new research exposes a significant and forgotten holiday cost factor.

“Most British families don’t consider the additional cost of customary tipping in countries like the USA, Egypt and some parts of Europe. They will also often pay over the odds by not knowing expected tip requirements – and if it’s required at all. For example, over 40% of Brits think it is customary to leave a tip in Italy. Many therefore could have tipped unnecessarily in Italian restaurants as tips are not expected in this country for standard service.”

The research also reveals that during these recessionary times, one in ten Brits will be staying ‘tight tipped’ this summer admitting they are less likely to tip due to the recession.

For those Brits travelling this summer and looking to keep a careful eye on their cash flow, M&S Travel Money has launched a free online Tip Advisor Guide which details global tipping etiquette, clearly highlighting who and when to tip and listing regional expectations and tip recommendations to help avoid unnecessary expenditure.

James Yerkess added: “It will prove a valuable cash saving travel tool for roaming Brits this summer – at no cost whatsoever.”

*30% based on research by Holidayrentals.co.uk (May 09).

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc carried out on behalf of M&S Travel Money. Total sample size was 2017 adults. Online fieldwork undertaken 27th-29th May 2009. Figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About M&S Money:
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top ten credit card provider and the second largest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover, including travel insurancehome insurancecar insurance, loans, savings and investment products.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 9,500 offices in 86 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,527 billion at 31 December 2008, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as ‘the world’s local bank’.

M&S Money has an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

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M&S Travel Money Report Shows Most Tourists Need To Take More Currency Abroad This Year

The M&S Q2 2009 travel money report, which analyses data from sales at the national network of M&S in-store bureaux de change from April to June 2009, reveals that while Egypt and Turkey are amongst the most popular holiday destinations for 2009, going to Fiji will make the travel money go further.

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Egypt and Turkey – two of the most popular destinations for Brits in 2008 – are set to be firm favourites again this summer. Sales of Egyptian pound and Turkish lira increased by 20% and 27% respectively in Q2 compared to the same period in 2008. The Turkish lira was the third most popular selling currency behind the Euro and US dollar.

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager, said: “The increased strength of the euro against the pound means that holidaymakers have been looking at destinations outside the eurozone in the past year. Egypt and Turkey have become increasingly popular among Brits.

“Turkey represents particularly good value-for-money. The Turkish lira is one of the few currencies against which the pound has held it’s value, meaning tourists heading to Turkey this summer will still see their cash go further.”

The falling value of the pound during the past year means there are few destinations where British tourists will get more for their money compared to last summer.

Currencies used in the most popular tourist destinations have increased in value against the pound, meaning Brits will find the cost of everyday items more expensive in most resorts. For example, the pound has dropped in value by 22% against the US dollar and by 15% against the South African rand.

However, there has been a 55% year-on-year increase in travel money sales of the Fiji dollar. Savvy British holidaymakers are making the most of the weak Fiji dollar with tourists receiving 7% more dollars per pound compared to last July.

In addition to Fiji, the only other countries where Brits are getting more for their money compared to July 2008 are Iceland, Poland and Russia. The Iceland krona is 27% weaker, the Polish zloty 15% weaker and the Russian ruble 5% weaker.

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager, said: “It’s always a good idea to buy foreign currency before you fly and make the best of competitive exchange rates on the high street. But tourists returning to their favourite resorts should remember that everyday items will be more expensive this year, so it’s worth taking more currency with you.

“M&S offers a commission-free ‘buy back’ service, so you can exchange any currency you bring home. We have seen an increase in the amount of foreign currency exchanged for sterling in our bureaux as travellers make the most of the relatively strong ‘buy back’ rates.”

About M&S Money:
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top ten credit card provider and the secondlargest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover, including travel insurancehome insurancecar insurance, as well as loans, savings and investment products.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 9,500 offices in 86 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,527 billion at 31 December 2008, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as ‘the world’s local bank’.

M&S Money has an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

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Holidaymakers Should Be Careful To Compare Travel Insurance When Taking An Adventure Break, Says Insurancewide

People are increasingly seeking out the thrills and adrenalin rush of an adventure holiday and activities such as zorbing and bungee jumping are becoming more popular – even on a standard break. What holidaymakers don’t realise is they may not be covered under a standard travel insurance policy and should be comparing travel insurance providers to make sure they are taking risks with the right insurance in place, warns Insurancewide, one of the UK’s premier insurance comparison sites.

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So before you embark on your next activity holiday – whether it be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or white-water rafting in New Zealand – take some time to look at your travel insurance policy and compare different options.

Take Risks But Not With Your Travel Insurance

Skiing is a common winter break and maybe not classed as ‘adventure’ as such, however in most cases it still warrants specialised insurance – a quick search will allow you to compare the differing policies for this type of holiday. If you suffer a fall, treatment in some of Europe’s most exclusive ski resorts could really add up, so it’s worth making sure you are covered. If you fancy trekking in Nepal or maybe climbing some of the world’s most stunning mountain ranges you will have many stories to tell – but you don’t want them to be of how much you ended up paying out as a result of an injury.

Even if you’re more of a fan of relaxing on the beach, you may have been drawn into trying a fun activity such as water-skiing or scuba-diving on the spur of the moment, without giving your travel insurance a second thought. After all this is what holidays are for – enjoying new experiences that come your way – however if you are keen to try a new activity, check and compare travel insurance policies to ensure you aren’t leaving yourself vulnerable if something were to happen.

When you compare travel insurance you may be tempted to tick ‘no’ to the list of activities you will be undertaking to take down the cost of your policy. Yet for peace of mind and the flexibility to travel somewhere a bit different, or try something new on your usual beach holiday, it’s extremely important to make sure you have the right travel
insurance in place.

About Insurancewide

Insurancewide, also known as Insurancewide.com Services Limited, is an online insurance comparison website offering insurance comparison tools which allow users to search the market and procure the best insurance policies and quotes. Insurancewide was launched in August 1999 as the first insurance comparison website on the internet.

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Extended Holidays: The Ideal Way To Unwind

Since the 1980s, air travel has become ever more popular and today, jetting off to New York for a weekend or Paris for the day is commonplace. Even with the global economic recession squeezing household budgets, families are still making time to visit far away (but still affordable) places. Yet how much can you really see of a country in a few days, or even a week? In destinations as vast and culturally diverse as India and China, for instance, even three weeks might not be enough to get a well-rounded taste of what the country offers.

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If you’re really hoping to absorb a foreign culture, a long stay is well worth considering. Planning extended bouts of travel may seem daunting, but if you know what you want to get out of a trip – and you’ve got like minded company along for the ride – a long holiday could be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life.

Extended holidays are not just for gap years

Whether you’re 40 or 60, it’s often possible to arrange a sabbatical from work in order to enjoy an extended holiday overseas. Some companies actively encourage such expeditions and may see it as part of enriching the skill set of their workforce. What’s more, if you’ve recently been made unemployed and hope to spend some time out of the job market before diving back in, a long holiday could be just what you need. This could be especially true if you’re single and you’ve collected a significant amount of money in your savings account which isn’t benefiting from today’s low interest rates.

Of course, if an extended holiday is something you want to pursue but you’re unprepared or simply unable to embark on one just yet, it might be something that’s worth considering for your retirement. Many retired couples spend six months of every year travelling abroad and see it as the ideal way to spend their old age.

Extended holidays can take on a variety of forms. Perhaps you’ve always harboured a desire to traverse every corner of Russia; taking two months away from work to experience the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok would be the realisation of a dream. On the other hand, you could spend four months backpacking across South America, from Venezuela and Brazil to the very tip of Argentina and Chile.

Alternatively, if you’d like your extended travel experience to possess a wider purpose, there are plenty of groups who organise charity work camps in developing countries, from South Africa to Sri Lanka, where you could be doing anything from building wells and schools to helping AIDS orphans.

Your long holiday check list

However old you are when you take your extended holiday, it’s crucial to remember the essentials. For starters, double check your passport’s expiry date: you need at least six months left on your passport in order to travel, and if you’re planning to be travelling for several months, you will need at least a year. Next, make sure that you obtain the correct visas for the countries you intend to travel to. If you’re planning on visiting a country, leaving it and then re-entering, ensure that you request a multiple-entry visa.

At the same time, you’ll need to find out whether you need to receive any injections or medication before embarking on your trip – for instance, travellers in India will most likely need to ingest anti-malarial tablets at regular intervals. You should also be sure you opt for specialist long stay travel insurance, so you can reclaim the costs of any medical support you might need, as well as any belongings you should happen to lose.

Before you leave, it’s a good idea to give your house keys to a neighbour or family member, so they can check up on your home at regular intervals. After all, there would be few things worse than enjoying a tranquil extended holiday and returning to the UK to find someone has broken into your home.

About Insurancewide

Insurancewide, also known as Insurancewide.com Services Limited, is an online insurance comparison website offering insurance comparison tools which allow users to search the market and procure the best insurance policies and quotes. Insurancewide was launched in August 1999 as the first insurance comparison website on the internet.

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Brits To Save £3 Billion By Holidaying In The UK Reveals The Travel Insurer LV=

Almost five million adults who are taking a UK holiday this year (40%) put their decision down to financial concerns, with 16% admitting they cannot afford to go abroad, 13% blamed unfavourable exchange rates, and 11% simply said that a holiday in this country will be cheaper. These concerns have affected Londoners by far the most; with 59% of those holidaying in the UK saying that financial factors led to their decision.

On average, those staying in the UK estimate they will spend £477 per week on their holiday. This compares to those going abroad who think they will spend £728; meaning that the UK holidaymakers will be saving on average £247 each, leading to a UK wide saving of just under £3 billion on holidays in 2009*.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for LV= travel insurance, commented: “It’s not surprising that many more people are looking to take their main holiday in the UK this year. The sliding value of the pound, particularly compared with the Euro and US dollars, plus the overall economic climate, have made holidaymakers think twice about spending their hard-earned wages on a trip abroad.”

Further LV= research** has indicated that more than five million Brits are planning to cut back on one or more insurance policies this year, with 22% of these looking at cutting a travel insurance policy. These new figures show that 59% of those holidaying in the UK do not intend to take out any form of insurance cover for their break.

Emma Holyer continued: “It is important that these people remember that even though they are staying in this country, travel insurance is still important. It will help to ensure that they don’t end up out of pocket if they have a problem with their transport arrangements, such as missing their train, plane or bus, or if their belongings go missing. In addition, if customers have to cut short their holiday or cancel for any reason, insurance will mean they can claim back some of the costs.”

All research (unless otherwise specified) carried out by Opinium Research. 2,214 online interviews were carried out from 5-9 March 2009.

* 25% of UK adults who are taking a holiday in the UK multiplied by average £247 saving = £2,964,000,000

** Research carried out by Opinium Research. A survey of 2,141 people took place between 16-20 Jan 2009.

About LV= 
LV= offers car, home, travel and pet insurance direct to consumers by telephone from its UK call centres in Bournemouth and Croydon and online from its website. LV= has been awarded the Defaqto five star rating for home insurance and car insurance. LV= insures over 1.6 million cars and 480,000 households in the UK.

LV= is a registered trade mark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. The new LV= brand identity was launched in March 2007.

LV= employs over 3,800 people, serves around 3.2 million customers and members, and manages around £7 billion on their behalf. We are also the UK’s largest friendly society (Association of Friendly Societies Key Statistics 2008, total net assets) and a leading mutual financial services provider.

LVFS is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority register number 110035. LVFS is a member of the ABI, AMI, AFS and ILAG. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.

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Popularity Of Non-Eurozone Resorts Continues Reveals M&S Travel Money

A new survey by M&S Money has revealed that more than a third of British travellers* (36%) take into account the strength of a country’s currency in relation to the pound when planning their holiday abroad. It’s not surprising, therefore, that holiday resorts outside the eurozone continue to increase in popularity as Brits look for the best value destinations.

According to the M&S travel money survey, Egypt and Turkey – two of the most popular destinations in 2008 – are set to be firm favourites again this year. Sales of the Egyptian pound and Turkish lira have increased by 20% and 46% respectively in Q1 compared to the same period in 2008.

M&S bureaux staff have also reported increased demand for the Kenyan shilling. The Kenyan government is keen to boost tourism in the country and recently announced that Visa rates would be cut to make the country more appealing to visitors. The Minister of Tourism for Kenya announced that entry visa rates are to be reduced by 50% and completely cut for children under 16 f r o m April 1 until the end of 2010.

For travellers seeking a short-haul destination, Iceland is set to be a popular option this year. British travellers now get much more for their money when visiting Iceland – the strength of the krona against the pound has dropped by 65% compared to March 2008. Year-on-year sales of the krona have increased by 32%.

The long-haul destinations of South Africa and Mexico are also enjoying increased interest f r o m UK holidaymakers.

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager, said: “The falling value of the pound in the past year means that holidaymakers are looking around for resorts where they are getting more for their money. Brits still want to enjoy a holiday, but they are being more selective about where they go.”

Overall M&S Money is continuing to see a large increase in people exchanging foreign currencies for sterling, with a 21% year-on-year increase in the amount of foreign currency exchanged for sterling at M&S bureaux during Q1.

M&S Money has also found that, as the strength of currencies including the euro, US dollar and Japanese yen has grown against sterling in the past year, customers using the M&S commission-free ‘buy back’ service are now much better off when exchanging foreign currency. Customers are also exchanging large amounts of Australian dollars, Swiss francs and UAE dirhams.

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are f r o m YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2154 adults. Online survey fieldwork undertaken 23-26 Jan09. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About M&S Money:
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top ten credit card provider and the second largest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover, including home insurancepet insurancewedding insurance as well as loans, savings and investment products.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC. The Group serves customers worldwide f r o m around 9,500 offices in 86 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,527 billion at 31 December 2008, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as ‘the world’s local bank’.

M&S Money has an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives f r o m HSBC and Marks & Spencer. 

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The True Scale Of Holiday Cons Is Vastly Underestimated By The Local Authorities

According to findings in new research commissioned by travel insurer LV=, cons such as shopkeepers hiking prices when they see tourists coming, timeshare fraudsters and taxis taking the scenic route are rife across European resorts, with a fifth (21%) of British tourists targeted during the last five years.

The research undertaken by YouGov on behalf of LV= reveals that the true scale of holiday cons is vastly underestimated by the local authorities with only 10% of holidaymakers reporting scams to the police.

Holidaymakers interviewed in the research said the average cost to them of being successfully ‘scammed’ was £250.

Brits are most likely to fall victim to conmen in Spain, with one in ten of victims targeted in a Spanish resort. Tenerife (7%), Turkey (4%) and Paris (4%) were also singled out by holidaymakers.

The findings show holidaying couples are twice as likely to be targeted by a scammer than other holidaymakers (43%), while independent travellers make up one in five (18%) con victims.

LV= is calling on holidaymakers to help discourage scammers by reporting them to the police, and is offering advice on how to avoid con merchants whilst abroad.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for travel insurer LV=, commented: “The cold days of winter will spur many of us to start planning our holidays, but with one in ten holidaymakers falling victim to scams abroad in the past two years its clear there is an industry worth billions based on ripping them off. Not only can cons cost money but they can ruin a trip, so we are offering advice on steps to take to avoid ending up out of pocket or on a tour that you don’t want to be.”

Jess Prasad, from the Foreign ad Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign, added: “Being prepared before you go abroad will lessen the risk of you being scammed. Read up on your destination as much as possible before you travel at fco.gov.uk/travel. If you are a victim of crime, report it immediately to the local police – and get a police report in case you need to make a travel insurance claim.”

Additional travel insurance advice can be found on the LV= website or from fco.gov.uk/travel for detailed advice on travel to every country.

All research unless otherwise stated undertaken by YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2185 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 26 and 28 January 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About LV=
LV= offers car, home, travel and pet insurance direct to consumers by telephone from its UK call centres in Bournemouth and Croydon and online from its website.

LV= insures more than 1.6 million vehicles and 470,000 households in the UK.

LV= has been awarded the Defaqto five star rating for home insurance and car insurance.

LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies.

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M&S Money Has Reported That Sales Of Turkish Currency Have Soared As Brits Seek Holiday Bargains Outside The Eurozone

M&S Money reports that the popularity of destinations outside the Eurozone is growing among British tourists, with Turkey emerging as a top holiday hotspot for 2008.

Foreign currency expert M&S Money has seen a 53% year-on-year increase in sales of Turkish Lira. The Turkish Lira has proved to be the second most popular ‘exotic currency’* in 2008, only being beaten to the top spot by the Australian Dollar.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of Brits visiting Turkey ranks third, only behind travellers from Germany and Russia. Around 1.9 million British tourists visited the country in 2007 and bookings for Turkish resorts are up 20% this year according to the ABTA website.

Currency sales have received an additional boost over the past few weeks, as millions of Brits headed abroad to make the most of the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer.

Fraser Millar, M&S Head of Travel Services, said: “The huge increase in sales of Turkish currency is not surprising, with the relative power of the euro against the pound meaning Brits are getting more for their money by opting for destinations like Turkey. This trend is confirmed by the fact that there has also been a large increase in sales of Egyptian currency this year.”

However, travellers heading to Turkey are being warned that they should make sure that they have travel insurance. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Turkey is in the top 15 countries where British nationals required the most consular assistance between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007. During this period, 157 British passports were lost in Turkey and there were 137 hospitalisations involving British citizens.

About M&S Money
M&S Money (originally called Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top-ten credit card provider and the second-largest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers travel insurance as well as providing insurance for homes, cars, travel, pets and weddings, along with loans, savings and investments.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations with over 9,500 offices in 76 countries and territories. The business continues to operate under the M&S Money brand, with an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

The company employs 1,200 staff at its headquarters in Chester, delivering personal financial services to its customers, reflecting the core values of Marks & Spencer – quality, value, service, innovation and trust.

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Welcome to EPR Travel News

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