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Technology 'changes' holidays to Spain

Technology has changed the way in which people spend their holidays in Spain, it has been claimed.

Carmel McCarthy, PR manager for More Th>n said that the use of mobile phones and laptop computers meant that people were now easy to contact when abroad and as a result, found it more difficult to relax.

"Technology has opened up the doors and allowed people to be contacted on holiday. People forget that the most precious time is the two weeks they take off with their family so they should leave the technology at home and go and enjoy it," she commented.

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Spanish roads are 'safer than ever'

Holidaymakers renting a car in Murcia will no doubt be pleased to learn that safety levels on Spanish roads have improved significantly over the last year.

According to the Costa Blanca News, the number of fatalities on the country's roads this summer was the lowest seen since 1964.

Figures from the DGT trraffic department indicate that accidents this year have dropped by almost 20 per cent compared to the same period in 2007.

The improvement in safety levels is thought to be a result of less congestion on the country's roads and the fact that major holiday resorts saw fewer traffic jams.

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Holidays to Spain 'increase in popularity'

The number of British tourists enjoying holidays to Spain is on the increase, it has been claimed.

Tired of the unpredictable British weather it seems that holidaymakers are travelling to the Spanish costas in their droves, in search of sun, sea and sangria.

On a recent visit to Benidorm, regional tourism chief Angelica Such said that tourist numbers for the area were up four per cent on last year, the Costa Blanca News reported.

According to Ms Such, the biggest increase has been the number of visitors from the UK, with figures reportedly up 1.

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'Sign up to newsletters' and save money

Holidaymakers can save money on their flights and accommodation in Spain by signing up to email alerts and checking websites regularly, it has been claimed.

Sharon Livingstone, founder of Travel Magazine – a publication which specialises in worldwide destination guides and travel tips – claimed that consumers could find the best deals and special offers by signing up to newsletters from hotels and tour operators.

"The credit crunch is turning us savvy at bargain hunting. My advice is to sign up to as many newsletters as possible because that's where online travel agents first promote their offers.

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Patsy Kensit accepts marriage proposal in Spain

British actress Patsy Kensit was left in floods of tears when her boyfriend popped the question during a holiday in Spain last month.

According to reports, the Holby City actress was left speechless when her DJ fiance Jeremy Healy jumped into their hotel swimming pool and proposed.

The 40-year-old mother of two told the Daily Mail that although she was in tears, she couldn't help being concerned about the state of her hair.

Commenting on the engagement, Healy told OK! Magazine: "It was all very spur of the moment.

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British couples 'want to marry abroad'

An increasing number of British couples are choosing to get married overseas, it has been claimed.

Thea Darricotte, executive retail editor at Conde Nast Brides Magazine, suggested that couples were shunning traditional weddings and travelling to European destinations such as Spain in an effort to beat the credit crunch.

She rejected claims by the government that weddings were in decline and said that statistics often did not reflect the number of people who get married abroad.

"There has been so much flooding, and it's a wet September, the wettest on record for a long time.

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Britons 'still prepared to take holidays'

British consumers are as keen as ever to spend money on holidays, despite the gloomy economic climate.

In a new survey by Holiday Extras, 35 per cent of Britons said they spend between £500 and £1,000 on their annual holiday.

Furthermore, 20 per cent of respondents claim they spend around £1,500 on their annual break in the sun.

Mike Whiting, managing editor of Holiday Extras, claimed that people were unwilling to sacrifice their holidays and saw them as an investment.

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Flights to Spain 'still popular'

New traffic figures released by Ryanair suggest that more Britons than ever are enjoying European holidays to destinations such as Spain.

Speaking earlier this week, the airline stated that its August 2008 figures were up 19 per cent on the previous year, despite the recent talk of people cutting back.

Ryanair said it would continue to offer its passengers value for money and added that it did not intend to introduce fuel surcharges.

The airline's head of communication, Stephen McNamara, commented: "Ryanair's latest passenger figures show that we continue to grow passenger numbers every month this year.

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'Soaring demand' for holidays to Spain

Fed up with the constant rain and bad weather, British holidaymakers are heading for warmer climes.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, bookings for Mediterranean holidays have increased significantly since the start of the year, with some tour operators seeing growth of 150 per cent.

Jonathan White, managing director of VFB Holidays told the publication that despite the credit crunch, Britons were as keen as ever to escape the miserable weather and holiday in Spain.

"We've spoken to lots of people who have sat through the wet weather here.

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Weddings in Spain offer 'value for money'

Getting married abroad is much more economical than tying the knot in the UK, it has been suggested.

Shona Swain, long-haul manager for Thomson and First Choice, said that while getting married abroad may have seemed extravagant in the past, it is very often a cheaper option.

"Couples who marry overseas tend to have fewer guests so receptions tend to be smaller. Another advantage of getting married abroad is that couples then don't have to fork out again for their honeymoon as they are already away," she explained.

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