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Thomas Cook Launch Interactive 'Holiday Budget Calculator'

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Jun 27, 2013) - Thomas Cook has just made budgeting for that all important annual holiday a lot easier by developing a fully interactive 'Holiday Budget Calculator'. Hosted on thomascook.com, the Holiday Budget Calculator aims to help holidaymakers manage their spending money in advance through calculating the real cost of holiday essentials abroad.

Building on the success of its New Year's resolution calculator, launched earlier this year - which calculated how much money consumers would save if they cut out their biggest vices, the new calculator is powered by data collected and complied overseas and in resort by the Thomas Cook Travel Money team. The Holiday Budget Calculator calculates totals by using the average cost of selected holiday essentials in a variety of popular tourist destinations, such as a bottle of beer, glass of wine or a three course meal. Based on their own personal preferences, users can virtually choose how many items they would need to purchase on each day of their holiday, depending on their chosen board basis.

Very easy to use, all consumers need to do is click onto the calculator, select an option from three stages within the typical holiday booking process and follow the basic instructions. Designed to follow the various steps from start to finish, the app is geared towards those looking to book and who wish to determine exactly how much foreign exchange they will need before they travel - which they can order online and in-store from Thomas Cook, with 0% commission on over 75 different currencies.

Mike Hoban, Sales, Marketing & Ecommerce Director, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said "Whether they're staying Self Catering, Half Board or even All Inclusive and want to discover a little local culture outside of a resort where food and beverage is included, the new Holiday Budget Calculator app is a fantastic, visual way for our customers to work out how much spending money they'll want to take abroad before even travelling."

In addition to calculating spending money, the calculator has also been designed to offer consumers suggestions on the type of holiday that best suits them based on budget and suitability, incorporating the full range of Thomas Cook's destination and product offering.

Best Value Destinations

Overseas holidays still offer exceptional value for money, whatever board basis Thomas Cook customers choose, and holidaymakers will be surprised at how inexpensive certain destinations are.

Thomas Cook's annual Holiday Cost of Living report showed that the majority of best value destinations where holiday essentials cost considerably less were short haul hot spots, such as Turkey, Cyprus and Mainland Spain.

The cheapest destination prize went to Tunisia, closely followed by Mainland Spain and Turkey. The North African favourite was a clear winner with a three course meal costing just £10.88. The favourable exchange rates for Tunisia and Turkey also make these great value destinations with holidaymakers getting more for their pound.

Interestingly Florida, Portugal and Greece offered the best value beach supplies while in resort - meaning you don't have to use up your luggage allowance on heavy inflatables, leaving more space in your case!

Thomas Cook Travel Money

With over 170 years of travel experience, holiday know-how and great currency exchange rates, Thomas Cook Travel Money has been the go-to place for holidaymakers wanting to buy their travel money for years.

With 0% commission on over 75 different currencies and the option to order foreign currency online for home delivery or reserve and collect in-store, Thomas Cook travel money takes the hassle out of exchanging money and allows you to collect your currency in the way which most suits you. Issued as either cash, traveller's cheques or on our travel money card you can carry your travel money in the way most convenient to you.