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Egypt Tops the List of New Holiday Hot Spots
(13 July 2004)

NatWest is offering a free flight to all customers and non-customers ordering over 700 of currency between 12 July and 24 September. People can choose to fly to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Nice, Dublin or Barcelona and can purchase a second flight for 75 if required (these offers exclude any government or airport taxes). Details of this offer can be obtained from all NatWest branches.

Egypt and Turkey now head the list of the fastest growing holiday hot spots for 2004, according to NatWest Travel Services.

NatWest has looked at the number of currency orders taken at its branches during the first half of 2004 and drawn up a new list of 'rising stars' once the euro and the dollar have been excluded. The following currencies have seen the most growth in terms of numbers of orders:

  • 1. Egyptian Pound (up 46%)
  • 2. Turkish Lire (up 45%)
  • 3. Czech Koruna (up 31%)

Robin Cockburn, Head of NatWest Travel Services, said: "Egypt and Turkey appear to be very popular holiday destinations for 2004 although traditional West European destinations will continue to be popular - we know that Spain was the most visited destination in 2003. Also, the Czech Republic, last year's hot spot winner, still remains a top choice.

"However, if travellers are looking for relative value for money, a very different picture emerges. We have looked at popular currencies that sterling has strengthened against over the last 12 months and in this respect, Gambia, Indonesia and Mexico show the biggest changes. These destinations will give travellers real value for money."

The biggest relative increases in sterling value when compared with currency are as follows:

  • 1. Gambia (32%)
  • 2. Indonesia (26%)
  • 3. Mexico (24%)

Notes to editors:

  • Whatever the destination, NatWest staff are more than happy to advise on the correct currency and can also take care of all financial and travel insurance needs. Our aim is to ensure travellers can enjoy themselves wherever they choose to go in the knowledge that everything is taken care of.
  • To order foreign currency or travellers cheques at NatWest, you don't need to hold an account and can find out what currency you need and order it from any branch. NatWest Advantage Gold and Premier, student and graduate customers can obtain their currency commission-free.
  • Branches with a Bureau de Change can immediately supply American Express travellers cheques in sterling, US dollar and euro along with most major currency notes.
  • If what you require is not available straightaway and you place your order on a weekday before 2pm, you can collect your order on the next working day after 12.30pm from any NatWest branch. (Orders placed on a Saturday will be ready for collection the following Tuesday.)
  • Those ordering NatWest American Express travellers cheques also have the added peace of mind of a free 24-hour, 365 day a year refund service should they lose or have their cheques stolen.

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