Tourist scams are costing holidaymakers hundreds
New research has revealed the most widely known tourist scams and the shocking monetary value of '˜holiday mishaps'
The survey of 2,000 adults by Satsuma Loans showed that while on holiday, the average person saves £460 for spending money.
This doesn’t include the extra luggage charge that 1 in 5 Brits are faced with at the airport. When arriving at the hotel, 1 in 4 travellers find they have to pay extra just to use the Wi-Fi and 43 per cent of people in Britain are hit with tourist tax at the end of their stay.
The most common issues faced on holiday:
Flight delay lasting over three hours – 32%
Charges for Wi-fi – 26%
Having liquids taken from you due to hand luggage policies – 25%
Excessive luggage charges – 19%
Charges for air conditioning – 15%
Lost luggage – 14%
Hotel had no record of your booking – 7%
Hotel/accommodation double booking – 6%
Charge for not printing boarding card – 5%
Charge for staying too long in the airport car park – 5%
Hotel/accommodation not accepting your booking – 5%
Charge to bring back items – 3%
The nationwide research also revealed that the true cost of a holiday can exceed initial expectations as travellers often forget to incorporate transport and clothing into the equation. But just how much does the average UK holidaymaker will spend to enjoy a few days away in the sun?
The actual holiday package – £713.16
Spending money – £458.70
Transport – £155.98
Upgrades – £98.73
Pet care – £86.70
Clothes for my children – £84.96
Clothes for yourself – £80.62
Insurance – £70.07
Parking at airport – £62.80
Childcare – £51.91
House care – £51.66
Hidden costs and tourist scams are truly something that can affect everybody, even the most well-seasoned traveller. A worrying number of travellers are naive to the most common scams, with only 12 per cent being aware of the ‘Friendly ATM helper’...
Injured or child beggars – 34.50%
Broken taxi meter – 18.15%
Fake police officers – 15.00%
Free bracelets or rosemary – 14.40%
Group photo offer – 13.50%
Overbooked or closed hotel – 13.45%
Friendly ATM helper – 12.75%
Attraction Is Closed – 8.30%
Spills on your clothing – 8.05%
Fake hotel wakeup call – 2.70%
A full breakdown of statistics on holiday scams can be seen here satsumaloans