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Brits experience major concerns over using cash on holiday

07/02/2018

LONDON, 7 February 2018— Losing cash or having it stolen is the top holiday worry for Brits travelling abroad, new research from Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, has found.

The latest Visa Global Travel Intention Study (GTI[1]) reveals that 41 per cent of British holidaymakers use their cards abroad and 70 per cent use it when booking their trip. But, despite their fears over cash, 56 per cent of Brits still exchange currency at home before going on holiday. More than eight in 10 (83 per cent) have some left over cash when they return home – above the European average of 78 per cent.

The average total spend for Brits per trip is £927 [2], considerably lower than the global average spend of £1,294 and one of the lowest in Europe. Nine per cent of travellers withdraw cash at ATMs when abroad, with the average withdrawal being £150 [3].

“We want to ensure that Brits’ holidays are as stress-free as possible when it comes to spending abroad. Our research shows that concerns around cash are top of the list when it comes to worries around travelling. Travellers can do away with these concerns and have a stress-free trip when using their Visa card abroad,” says Suzy Brown, UK and Ireland Marketing Director at Visa. “Visa is readily accepted at all of the top destinations where Brits go on holiday, so from buying their paella lunch in Spain, to enjoying theme parks in the USA, holidaymakers will be able to enjoy their travels without feeling anxious about carrying lots of cash around with them.

“And whether they choose to use their debit or credit card, if it is lost or stolen, they still don’t need to worry as they will be protected with Visa’s zero liability[4], unlike cash which if lost, is generally gone forever.

“Using their card also takes away the stress of having to figure out different notes and coins when travelling, plus if people use their card abroad, it saves them the time and hassle of having to get their holiday cash before they go and means they are not coming home with leftover cash.”

As far as destinations go, Brits are keen to soak up the sun. Spain, the USA and France top the list of most popular destinations visited in the last two years, and are the destinations holidaymakers are most likely to visit over the next two years. Overall, 78 per cent of Brits holiday within Europe. And the travelling bug shows no sign of slowing with Brits planning an average four trips away over the next two years.

As well as the weather, Brits’ other top reasons for travelling include experiencing culture and getting a flavour of local life. Family bonding is the top motivation for 55 per cent of holidaymakers, even young adults, with more than a quarter (26 per cent) of 18 to 35 year olds still choosing to go abroad with their parents for their most recent trip.

Tips for Stress-Free Payment While Travelling

  • When paying by card and given the choice of paying in your home currency or the local currency, pay in “local currency” for a competitive exchange rate
  • Use a credit or debit card for purchases. Visa offers security, convenience and ease when paying abroad. It is safer than carrying cash, backed by Visa’s Zero Liability Policy[5], which states accountholders won’t be held responsible for unauthorised charges on their account
  • Look for the Visa logo at any point-of-sale terminal or ATM to ensure international payment cards are accepted
  • Inform your bank before you travel to ensure they know you will be using your card abroad.

For more information about Visa’s Global Travel Intentions Study (GTI) visit visa.com/travelstudy.

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About Global Travel Intentions 2017

The Global Travel Intentions Study analyses travel behaviour and tourism spending patterns of global travellers. One of the most comprehensive surveys of its kind that monitors and analyses international travel trends and consumer travel behaviour, it is part of Visa’s continued commitment to helping industry players in their pursuit of growth in the global travel and tourism industry. The GTI Survey was conducted in conjunction with research and business intelligence firm ORC International and collected data over the course of 15,523 interviews in 27 markets. This study was also fielded in 2013 and 2015. Where possible, trends are shown.

[1] . The GTI Survey was conducted in conjunction with research and business intelligence firm ORC International and collected data over the course of 15,523 interviews in 27 markets.

[2] Based on exchange rate from US Dollar on 18.01.18

[3] Based on exchange rate from US Dollar on 18.01.18

[4] Visa's Zero Liability Policy does not apply to Visa corporate or Visa purchasing card or account transactions, or any transactions that are not processed by Visa. For specific restrictions, limitations and other details, please consult your issuer.

[5] Visa's Zero Liability Policy does not apply to Visa corporate or Visa purchasing card or account transactions, or any transactions that are not processed by Visa. For specific restrictions, limitations and other details, please consult your issuer.