Revealed: Cape Town is the cheapest long-haul resort this year, beating Bali for the first time
- Cape Town beats Bali to top Long Haul Holiday Report best value resort
- Report by Post Office reveals Tokyo comes in third for second year
- Local price cuts in 40% of resorts cushions the impact of the weaker pound
PUBLISHED: 00:01 GMT, 17 September 2016 | UPDATED: 00:01 GMT, 17 September 2016
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South Africa's Cape Town has been revealed as the cheapest resort getaway this year.
According to Post Office Travel Money's annual Long Haul Holiday Report, the city has beaten Bali to top the rankings for the first time.
Tokyo remains the third cheapest but closes the gap on Cape Town and on Bali - which has seen steep price rises over the last 12 months.
South Africa's Cape Town has been revealed as the cheapest long-haul resort getaway this year
Of the 34 resorts and cities surveyed, Cape Town proved the clear winner in the ninth Post Office survey.
At £48.89 for a 'basket' of ten tourist items, including meals and drinks, the South African city was significantly cheaper than runner-up Bali (£62.56), where the cost of eating out has mushroomed by over 50 per cent in the past 12 months.
As a result, tourist prices are now 28 per cent higher than in Cape Town.
At £63.87, Tokyo remains third cheapest in the value chart but an eight per cent fall in local prices means the Japanese capital is now challenging Bali for second place.
The results are calculated based on the price of ten tourist items, including meals and drinks
Although tourist costs are up by an average of 25 per cent across all destinations once the sterling exchange rate has been factored in, Tokyo is among the 40 per cent of resorts and cities surveyed where local prices have fallen below 2015 levels to cushion the negative impact of the falling pound.
These include Orlando, where a marginal fall of one per cent in shops and restaurants means that prices are 12 per cent higher than a year ago after the exchange rate is applied.
At £79.76 for the ten items, Orlando has entered the best value top ten in ninth place, its highest ranking in three years. Washington DC (£142.22) was most expensive of six US destinations surveyed – 78 per cent higher than Orlando.
The runner-up was Bali, where the cost of eating out has mushroomed by over 50 per cent in the past 12 months
Cancun (£74.26) is up to sixth place on the back of a relatively weak Mexican peso, just behind Kenya's Mombasa coastline (£69.41, fourth) and Colombo, Sri Lanka (£70.61, fifth), and ahead of Phuket, Thailand (£75.72, seventh).
Mexico's most popular resort has led a Latin-American charge in which Lima, Peru (£78.52), a new introduction to the 2016 survey, has entered the top ten in eighth place, while Tamarindo (£87.03) in Costa Rica was 12th placed in the Post Office barometer of tourist costs.
All three Latin-American destinations eclipsed the six Caribbean resort areas surveyed for the report.
At £63.87, Tokyo remains third cheapest in the value chart but an eight per cent fall in local prices means the Japanese capital is now challenging Bali for second place
Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic was cheapest in 15th place with a cost of £91.24 for the ten tourist staples. St Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados and Antigua were far more expensive. At £157.60, English Harbour in Antigua was 73 per cent pricier than Punta Cana.
Grand Baie, Mauritius (£83.70), made the Post Office top 10 for the third consecutive year – proof that the island's claim to offer 'affordable luxury' is well placed. Prices in Grand Baie are down 16 per cent on the costs that UK holidaymakers would have faced five years ago.
Echoing last year's results, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai was the most expensive destination surveyed at £199.34 – over four times the price for the same tourist items in Cape Town.
|1 Cape Town, South Africa||2|
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Cup of filter coffee||£1.10||£1.57||£2.06||£1.59||£1.27|
|Bottle of local lager||£1.37||£1.06||£4.13||£1.99||£2.16|
|Bottle/can of Coca‑Cola||£0.82||£0.53||£2.26||£1.12||£0.95|
|Glass of wine||£2.74||£4.38||£2.80||£2.99||£4.32|
|Small chocolate bar||£0.55||£0.50||£0.57||£1.05||£1.12|
|Bottle of still mineral water||£0.66||£0.31||£1.61||£1.08||£0.69|
|3-course evening meal for 2 with bottle of wine||£27.40||£37.58||£39.79||£41.85||£46.12|
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