England football fans expected to spend over £7,000 each for a trip to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The forecast from travel technology specialist Multicom suggests a timely boost to the travel industry.
The company predicts that the total outlay for the estimated 2-3,000 fans following Roy Hodgson’s side to Brazil could be more than £20 million after last Friday’s draw for the 2014 World Cup finals.
The estimate includes return flights to Brazil starting at around £1,000 per person, internal flights costing an average of £600 each and a month’s accommodation that could cost around £1,800-£2,000 if England go all the way to the final.
Add to that the price of match tickets and eating out and fans will not see much change from a budget of £7,000, Multicom suggests.
Managing director John Howell said: “We anticipate that even with only a relatively small number of fans travelling to Brazil they will provide a much needed boost to the market.
“We have already seen a noticeable increase in enquiries via FindandBook for prices and optons for both flights and accommodation since the draw was made.
“The boost comes at a time when the UK travel industry is suffering from the tough economic constraints that are being felt by many industry sectors.
“Despite the difficult logistics and distances involved, many fans want to enjoy the experience of a World Cup hosted by a nation that has long been admired for the quality of the football they produce.”