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Went

Strong Euro

Any downsizers abroad feeling the pinch with the strong euro - weak pound?.........pensions, allowances, transfers from UK etc?
Contadino

Not really, although the wife's heading back to the UK this week for a visit and is bracing herself for paying so much more for everything.
Nick

Feeling it in the UK, if that helps?

Work for a German company (so they hold our purse strings) and the US and UK are two of their biggest markets.
boisdevie1

Swings and roundabouts surely? OK, the pound/euro rate may change but life in Spain or France is cheaper than the UK so we win?
Green Man

Did you notice hardly any European tourists last year? Local hotels have had it bad for the last few years up here.
RichardW

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
Did you notice hardly any European tourists last year? Local hotels have had it bad for the last few years up here.


Thought that was due to the weather conditions.

Justme
Nick

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
Did you notice hardly any European tourists last year? Local hotels have had it bad for the last few years up here.


Did you notice the weather last year? Flooding in July was world news. I wouldn't have come here. On the flip side, I hear the slopes are already open and looking at their best year ever.
Green Man

It was wet throughout a lot of Europe, and they didn't know before hand anyway. The has been strong for a good few years and tourists have not come for ages. When last did you see a Yank outside Londonshire?
The slopes are seemly top notch for Scotland, but would a Englishman travel up to ski on our snow, or tavel to France for powder snow and cheap booze? I know tha answer, The strong pound works in our favour when abroad.
Nick

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
It was wet throughout a lot of Europe, and they didn't know beforehand anyway. The has been strong for a good few years and tourists have not come for ages. When last did you see a Yank outside Londonshire?


Oh, true enough. Why would you come here, expensive, covered in CCTV cameras, blocked roads, poor food, poor weather and a target for terrorists, when you can go somewhere hot, dry, with nicer beaches and cheap lager for less money?

I can't blame people.
judith

As over half my income comes from the Euro zone, I am starting to feel the benefit after several very flat years.
Went

The hotels in Asturias only had 64% occupancy last season so it has not been a good year here for tourism. Think we are seeing the first effects of too much borrowing, debt and credit.

I cannot think that the euro will hold up for much longer as the problems in Europe are not dissimilar to the UK or States.
Behemoth

Cho-ku-ri wrote:

The slopes are seemly top notch for Scotland, but would a Englishman travel up to ski on our snow, or tavel to France for powder snow and cheap booze? I know tha answer, The strong pound works in our favour when abroad.


Yes. I know a few who have.
Nick

ON the French slopes the beer and food is just as expensive as here, if not more so. 8 for a coke last year. I nearly had my butler complain!
Windymiller

I'm just hoping that the exchange rate will be favourable when I plan my Scandinavian loghouse project.
Nick

Windymiller wrote:
I'm just hoping that the exchange rate will be favourable when I plan my Scandinavian loghouse project.



Me too! Are they sending us a moose in return?
Andy B

Well the books i order from germany and Ireland are going to cost my customers more.
Windymiller

Nick wrote:
Windymiller wrote:
I'm just hoping that the exchange rate will be favourable when I plan my Scandinavian loghouse project.



Me too! Are they sending us a moose in return?


Don't want a moose, there's no room in the freezer for anything else. I just want a house.
Nick

No, I was thinking the UK would get a moose when we send you over there to the fjords.
Windymiller

I didn't realise that you didn't want me here. Twisted Evil
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