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Lonely Planet labels the UK as a top spot for a cheap 2018 holiday

Buckingham Palace GuardsLonely Planet has labelled the UK as one of the 10 best global destinations for a cheap holiday in 2018. The travel guide publisher notes that while the current depressed value of the pound is not good for Britons it is a godsend for visitors from overseas.

The UK was seventh on the list of the 10 best value locations for holidays released this week. Unlike most of the other entries in the table, the UK as a whole was included. Poland was the only other country to make the grade whereas other top spots such as La Paz in Bolivia and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands were regions.

Lonely Planet claims that the UK has become flavour of the moment since the Brexit out vote in June 2016 sent the pound plummeting. Today’s exchange rates show sterling has dropped 14 per cent in value to the euro and 11 per cent against the US dollar. Doubts about when the Brexit divorce will actually take place have not helped the pound rally.

Lonely Planet noted that those who travelled outside London to locations such as Scotland and York would be able to get more bang for their buck. James Smart is the UK and Ireland regional editor for Lonely Planet. He explained that the lower cost of buying pounds was paying dividends for the UK’s tourist industry.

Figures collected by Visit Britain and the Office for National Statistics confirm the popularity of the UK. Compared to 2016, the number of foreign tourists visiting Britain climbed by eight per cent between January and the end of July and also hit the magic four million mark during July.

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