If it wasn’t for the decorations in the shops, the school Christmas concerts and many homes adorned with lights who would believe that we are now only a week away from Christmas Day?
The mild but dismal weather still encourages many to think about holidays for 2017, whilst continuing to make last minute present purchases for the festive season and start the food shopping list.
Bermuda, Canada, Myanmar and Finland are amongst the Lonely Planet top ten country destinations for 2017 whilst Lisbon, Bordeaux, Moscow and Cape Town are some of their top ten city recommendations for next year.
This year, Portugal has remained in poll position in the Post Office Travel Money’s annual Worldwide Holiday Cost Barometer, with Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach resort following close behind.
The Post Office are also estimating that prices in Cape Town have fallen by around 20% due to the strength of sterling against the Rand, thus making it the lowest-priced long haul destination that they have surveyed and the third cheapest destination overall. For city breaks, Budapest is listed as the least expensive this last year due to the weakness of the Hungarian forint.
If Japan is noted on your holiday wish list, then this could be the time to go as a combination of falling prices and the weakness of the Japanese yen is making prices more attractive to travellers from the UK.
Of course, the US dollar has had a negative impact on visitors to the States, which has also affected travel prices for the Caribbean and some other countries whose currencies sit alongside the dollar.
For Lomani, it has been a phenomenal year. We have welcomed new clients from France, London and other locations around the UK and yet again, we have received some amazing feedback on our post-travel questionnaires.
2017 sees us entering the fourth year of trading… where have the first three years gone? We are also entering a second year of sponsorship at Clays golf club in Wrexham and we now also look forward to closer ties with some more local sporting venues following recently signed sponsorship agreements.
As in previous years, we have chosen to extricate a few more trees this Christmas whilst also improving our carbon footprint by donating to a charity in lieu of sending out Christmas cards. Sense is our chosen beneficiary this year and if you would like to learn more about this lesser known charity, please click here.
I would very much like to thank you for your support during this last year and to wish you a very happy Christmas and well-travelled 2017.