LOOKING FOR THE BEST VALUE SUN AND SKI BREAKS THIS WINTER? Tuesday 11 November 2014 PDF Print LOOKING FOR THE BEST VALUE SUN AND SKI BREAKS THIS WINTER? Head to the Canaries for Winter Sun or Slope off to the Alps to Ski iceplc.com As we head into winter, there’s good news for those planning ski and snow or winter sun trips, as leading travel money provider ICE – International Currency Exchange finds many popular winter destinations are offering better value against the Pound compared to last year. If you’re planning a holiday in the Eurozone this winter, whether sun and sand in The Canaries where average daytime temperatures hit the high teens, or skiing in the popular resorts of France or Italy, your spending money will go that bit further than this time last year. The Pound has recovered its strength against the Euro, taking it back to the highs of 2012. In October this year, £1 = 1.2428 Euros compared to £1 = 1.1624 in October last year. Sun seekers won’t have to fork out more on spending money for holidays in Florida, Dubai or Barbados this winter either, as rates have either held or improved slightly over the past year. Those looking for the white stuff in Canada will enjoy the best rate against the Canadian Dollar for two years – the Pound bought 1.58 Canadian Dollars in 2012 and this October buys 1.76 Canadian dollars, an over 11% improvement. Sweden and Bulgaria are offering better value this year than last, due to the Pound’s improved strength against the Swedish Krona and Bulgarian Lev over the past 12 months. Koko Sarkari, COO for ICE, comments, “Whether it’s relaxing in sunnier climes, or an exhilarating break on the ski slopes, the strengthening Pound is offering UK holidaymakers a multitude of affordable options this winter. “Holidaymakers should always shop around online for the best deals and to secure the best rates. In addition, the ICE Travellers Cashcard prepaid currency card allows travellers to lock in their rate on Euros and US Dollars in advance. The prepaid card makes it easier to budget, as well as being PIN protected, offering travellers a secure way to look after their spending money, rather than carrying cash.” END November 2014 ICE Travel Money Home Delivery Rates Comparison See attached document for table of rate comparison for October 2012, 2013, 2014. 2013 and 2014 Rates sourced from iceplc.com. Travel Money for Home Delivery ratees, 16/10/13 vs 23/10/14 2012 rates sourced from oanda.com – retail period average for October 2012 For further press information please contact the ICE Press Office at HSL – Madeleine Roles, Parm Evans or Alison Reeson on 020 8977 9132 or firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to editors International Currency Exchange (ICE) has been providing retail foreign exchange for over 40 years and today has over 400 locations in 20 countries, on four continents, conducting one transaction every 6 seconds. Through its retail network, ICE offers a wide range of products and services to support the travelling public’s requirements, including foreign currency and phonecards. ICE’s online products include commission free secure next day home delivery currency and the ICE Travellers Cashcard, an innovative prepaid MasterCard® in £, € or US$, which can be loaded with holiday spending money before travelling, allowing all the convenience of using a bank debit or credit card, but without the risks and charges sometimes associated. Find ICE on Facebook /iceplc, on Twitter @icetravelmoney and on Instagram @icetravelmoney|iceplc.com R. Raphael & Sons plc (Raphaels Bank) is the issuer of the ICE Travellers Cashcard and is a Credit Institution authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Raphaels Bank is a leading issuer of prepaid cards in Europe with over 4 million cards issued through 20 partners across 14 European Countries with over 140 programmes ranging from gift cards to full Chip & PIN cards to mobile technology payment solutions|raphaelsbank.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Harrison Sadler in the following categories: Women's Interest & Beauty, Personal Finance, Travel, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.