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Passing of Spanish holiday king

The man credited with creating Spanish holiday packages and inviting Britons to take flights to Alicante for family holidays in Spain has passed away in the popular Spanish holiday resort of Benidorm that he made famous, at the age of 85.

Former mayor of the city Pedro Zaragoza Orts held the position between 1950 and 1967 and saw potential for the then village to become a global hotspot for sunbathers.

Under threat of excommunication from the Roman Catholic church for promoting bikini bathing, Mr Zaragoza travelled by Vespa scooter to Madrid to convince General Francisco Franco to permit the region to be developed into a tourist resort.

"People had to feel free to be able to wear what they wanted, within reason, if it helped them to enjoy themselves as they would come back and tell their friends about the place," Mr Zaragoza said, according to the Guardian.

The Generalismo approved his request and Benidorm began to grow into the tourism hotspot it is today.


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