Holiday prices still predicted to rise

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the Association of British
Travel Agents (ABTA) are predicting. Holidays outside Europe could well
rise by between 10 and 15 per cent. Put in monetary terms, this could
mean a rise of at least £300 for the average two week summer break as
major operators slash the number of deals available. If global oil
prices continue to rise, holidaymakers could also face fuel surcharges
of up to 10 per cent on top of these increases or an extra £250 on an
average family holiday. According to ABTA, the cost of an average
two-week break this summer is £560 per person. A family of four,
therefore, will spend an average of £2,240 on their annual break. But
next year this will rise to between £2,464 to £2,688 if prices rise
between 10 and 20 per cent. Independent travellers, who do not book
with a travel company, should avoid some of the price increases but
will still be hit by higher flight costs. These alone are expected to
rise by up to 15 per cent by next summer driven by the increased cost
of oil. With this in mind – it is importnat to remember that travel insurance is an essential, not a luxury. Ensuing you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy will ensure you are protected for most unfortunate eventualities.

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