Rising Value of U.S. Dollar Makes Travel to Great Britain More Enticing and More Affordable

Rising Value of U.S. Dollar Makes Travel to Great Britain More Enticing and More Affordable
The post-Brexit effect, which has in part caused the British pound to slip to a 31-year low compared to the U.S. dollar, has even more Americans considering the value of traveling internationally in the coming months, according to travel experts at Travel Leaders Associates – America’s top retail travel agency brand. In addition, the U.S. dollar remains very strong against the Euro, which makes the top 10 “must see” international destinations in 2016 named by American travelers in a recent survey by Travel Leaders Group all the more enticing, as they are all in Europe. To assist travelers in getting the most value for their dollar, Travel Leaders is currently offering select promotional vacation packages to the United Kingdom.
“The demand for leisure travel to Europe among savvy travelers has been very strong for nearly two years, ever since the dollar began an impressive surge against other major currencies around the world,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. “From the cost of a cab ride and a hotel stay to a night at the theater and a tour of Buckingham Palace, the plunging British Pound has aided interest from leisure and business clients, alike.  Now, top dream destinations, as well as major business hubs, in the UK and across Europe can be enjoyed with additional and significant cost-savings. This year is definitely the time for American travelers to book overseas vacations to get the most value for their travel dollars.”
Among Travel Leaders’ vacation packages for the United Kingdom are*:
• “The Best of Southern England” tour starts in London with guided sightseeing of many of the city’s iconic attractions. History and English literature buffs are sure to be delighted on the visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare; which reveals what life was like in 16th-century England. This journey also includes enjoying Oxford, visiting the mysterious Stonehenge and seeing the Roman ruins in Bath, as well as the double-moated, 13th-century Hever Castle. The land-only price for this 7-day Travel Leaders and Globus tour starts at $1,699 per person based on double occupancy. Offer ends August 31, 2016, for travel through 2016.
• The “Britain Sampler” 9-day tour takes travelers through England and Scotland. In addition to the ever-popular London and Edinburgh, visitors will experience Chester, a walled city renowned for its architecture; York, England’s most medieval city; historic Abbotsford, home to Sir Walter Scott; and the English Lake District. Save $200 per couple with this land-only vacation offer from Travel Leaders and Globus, which starts at only $1,549 per person based on double occupancy, when booked by August 31, 2016.
• Those who can’t decide between Southern England, Scotland and other surrounding areas, can choose a Monograms land-only vacation through Travel Leaders and visit London with Stonehenge, Bath, York and Edinburgh, for only $2,280 per person, based on double occupancy. This 10-day excursion features a full day in London, enabling clients options to see the British Museum, Windsor Castle, the Tower of London and more, before heading to Stonehenge. Then in Edinburgh, there is a tour of Edinburgh Castle to see the “Honours of Scotland,” the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles. This offer also ends August 31, 2016.
“The Monday after the Brexit vote and news of the declining British pound hit, we woke up to 15 customer inquiries about London and Scotland. We saw this type of demand when the Euro decreased, too,” said Michelle Weller, a Houston, Texas-based Travel Leaders travel agent who specializes in European culture and heritage. “I am excited to see an increase in people headed to London. For some, it remained a limited destination because of the high rates, now people are jumping on the opportunity.”
“We had a group of 40 people leave recently for a week in Britain,” said Alex Trettin of the Travel Leaders location in Tacoma, Washington. “Although they booked and paid for the trip before the improved exchange rates, they were really excited about the 30 percent increase in the spending power of the U.S. dollar for direct purchases they would make during their travels.”
The increased value of the dollar goes beyond additional bookings. Many more Americans are opting to extend their vacations, book overnight stays in castles, or upgrade to private tour packages because these options are now more affordable.
“While the British Pound has lost some value, the Euro is still where the real value is,” said Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Travel Leaders agency owner Ann Waters, who was recently in Cornwall, on the southwestern tip of England. “If people are planning trips, I would certainly encourage them to prepay for hotels, transportation, guides, etc., as much as possible while rates are good. And buy a bit of cash to have on hand using your ATM so you get the best transaction value.”
“Travel Better” with Travel Leaders. Travel Leaders has more than 300 Great Britain expert agents throughout the region who specialize in travel to England, Scotland and Wales.  To find a qualified agent who matches your criteria visit Travelleaders.com. Or to find the Travel Leaders location nearest you, visit Travelleaders.com or call 800-335-TRIP (8747).

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