Travel News > November 2007 > Brits warned of Cyprus and Malta currency change

Brits warned of Cyprus and Malta currency change


British travellers have been urged to use up any Cypriot and Maltese currency they may have before the two countries switch to the Euro - or risk being out of pocket.

According to data from a YouGov poll, 73 per cent of Britons were unaware of the impending currency changes.

This is despite the fact that Britons account for 57 per cent of all tourists to Cyprus and 37 per cent of the total holidaymakers who holiday in Malta.

Steve O'Donovan, regional divisional director of Travelex Outsourcing, said: "Our research shows that 50 per cent of travellers don't exchange their leftover travel money.

"With the change in currency coming up in two major holiday destinations, we are urging travellers to make sure they don't lose out."

News of the changes comes as more and more adventure holiday trips are being offered on Cyprus - suggesting that the profile of its visitors may be changing from the beach crowd to backpackers.

Among these are mountain biking holidays in the Troodos Mountains, which offer spectacular vistas and the chance to visit the historic village of Lefkara, which is famed for the quality of its locally produced lace.

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