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2002-08-20 15:36:21
Euro hits the North West

Holidaymakers returning from European destinations are finding an increasing number of places to spend their leftover holiday euros in the North West.

Southport Euro-MP Chris Davies has welcomed the development as a means of helping local people avoid the hefty commissions charged by banks and tour operators for converting euros back into sterling.

The region's residents can spend them in local shops and at local attractions instead.

Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies said: "I am delighted to find that the North West already offers a range of attractions which accept euros, and their number is bound to grow.

"It is a great opportunity for the region's residents to save money on converting their currency and gives a small boost to the region's economy at the same time.

"Southport holidaymakers will have found that people across Europe are using the euro without a second thought. They regard it simply as money, nothing more or less than a useful means of exchange, and they do not understand why people here get so hot under the collar about its introduction."

Attractions in the North West accepting euros include Chester Zoo, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, The Cavern Club in Liverpool, Debenhams and Selfridges in The Trafford Centre and the Windermere Steamboat Museum in Cumbria.

Across the country major chain stores and businesses accepting the euro in some or all of their stores include Ernest Jones, Dorothy Perkins, Marks and Spencer, PC World and Topshop.

Article submitted by Chris Davies MEP
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