Holidaymakers with leftover Maltese lira or Cypriot pounds should head to their nearest Thomas Cook bureaux before 28th February to exchange their money back to Sterling because after this date, Thomas Cook will no longer be able to accept these currencies. The move comes after both countries introduced the Euro as their official currency at the beginning of the year, although cash payments in both counties were still possible to be made in the lira and pound until 31st January 2008.
Both destinations are proving to be as popular as ever, with Cyprus emerging as a cost effective wedding destination. With guaranteed sunshine, a wealth of top quality hotels and venues, the country offers renowned hospitality and none of the legal marriage complexities that exist at other destinations.
Malta has seen a growth in short breaks and the demand for traditional seven night packages is also remaining healthy. Rather than opting for 3-star self-catering apartments, holidaymakers are increasingly selecting 4 and 5-star bed and breakfast hotels. Offering a mix of culture, sophistication and shopping, resorts such as Sliema, St Julians and Valletta are becoming more popular with younger holidaymakers and couples of all ages.
Melanie Whitehouse, Director of Foreign Exchange at Thomas Cook said: “It’s always good to take some extra money, so holidaymakers who have spare Maltese lira and Cypriot pounds should make a note to change their currency before the deadline. The adoption of the Euro makes it even easier for holidaymakers visiting Malta and Cyprus, as they no longer have to be concerned about an unfamiliar currency.”
Thomas Cook offers a commission-free currency and commission-free buy-back service.