Increasing numbers of people travelled on flights to Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the Easter holidays.
This is the suggestion of findings from Sainsbury’s Travel Money, which reported a 71 percent increase in the volume of foreign currency exchanged in the week before the Easter weekend compared to a more typical week at a similar time of year.
The UAE dirham saw the largest rise in demand at 122 percent, while there was an increase of 107 percent in the volume of Thai baht exchanged.
Scott Gorman, Sainsbury’s Travel Money head, said there has been a "marked" difference in the demand for more exotic currencies.
"Clearly there were some great last minute deals to be had in the UAE, judging by the increase in demand for dirham," he commented.
Demand for the Canadian dollar and the euro were also particularly high, with the currencies experiencing increases of 86 percent and 84 percent respectively.
Etihad Airways has recognised the increased demand from passengers wishing to travel to the UAE, and in June will increase capacity on its flights to Abu Dhabi from Manchester by 60 percent.