Tokyo offers tourists better value for money than Cape Town: survey

18 September 2017 - 11:31 By Dave Chambers
Shop up a storm in Tokyo's Shinjuku town.
Shop up a storm in Tokyo's Shinjuku town.
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Cape Town has lost out to Tokyo as the best-value long-haul destination for UK holidaymakers.

The Japanese capital has the lowest prices for 10 tourist staples, including meals and drinks, of 30 resorts and cities surveyed for Post Office Travel Money.

Overall, a basket of holiday essentials in Tokyo costs £48.90 (about R865), compared with £64.50 (R1,141) in Cape Town.

Higher restaurant prices and a stronger rand meant tourist prices were 32% higher in Cape Town than a year earlier.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: "With continuing uncertainty about sterling, it is more important than ever for people planning winter-sun holidays to do their homework and pick a destination at which prices for tourist staples are low.

"In a Twitter poll last week, over half of the 14,000 people who took part said hotel and flight costs are their major concern but the truth is that resort prices can make a big difference to the holiday budget.

"Japan looks very affordable these days, with low prices for meals and drinks in a wide range of centrally located restaurants and bars.

"It is also good news that prices have dipped in popular Caribbean islands."