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Travelzoo claims Brexit will increase cost of 2017 holidays abroad

View along beach, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain,Research carried out by Travelzoo has found that UK holidaymakers could be coughing up 20 per cent more for overseas trips next year. The global travel and holiday firm says the main factor behind the spike is the ongoing fallout from the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

Travelzoo claims the knock-on effect of Brexit has caused the value of the UK pound to drop by nearly 20 per cent. Other contributory reasons behind the predicted increase in holiday prices are the steadily increasing price of oil and its effect on global economies.

Travelzoo says Britons will pay a minimum of 10 per cent more for their 2017 holidays abroad when compared to 2016. Researchers surveyed 15 different travel firms for the study. Four-fifths of the respondents said they expected prices to rocket for 2017 packages and a quarter of these said they believed the rise would be as high as 20 per cent.

Travelzoo UK regional director Joel Brandon-Bravo said the decline in the value of the pound had so far not pushed up the prices of package holidays abroad. He said early signs had indicated holiday operators were getting ready to pass on their increased costs to the end consumer.

Brandon-Bravo explained that UK holiday and travel firms had been swallowing the extra expenses on holidays with prices fixed prior to the Brexit referendum on 23 June. He carried on by saying they had absorbed the extra cost of paying for accommodation originally priced in euros but would almost certainly add this to their itinerary pricing for 2017 packages.

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