In spite of the looming UK credit crisis, UK consumers are unwilling to spend their summers in gloomy Great Britain, instead preferring to take sunny Spanish holidays and trips to other balmy Mediterranean destinations, it has been suggested.
According to Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) spokesperson Sean Tipton, people in blustery Blighty are unprepared to give up their holidays abroad as they now see their annual holiday as a necessity and not a luxury.
He added that they would sooner make restraints in other areas of their lives than in their trips abroad.
"People are much more likely to cut back on other aspects of their life rather than forego a summer holiday -especially when we are in a situation which is potentially quite depressing.
The main airports on the Spain's Balearic Islands are gearing up for a busy weekend as the start of the peak summer holiday season approaches, it has been reported.
The Majorca Daily Bulletin reports that a total of 4,600 flights are scheduled to arrive in the Balearic Islands this summer as Brits set out for Spanish holidays, many of which will land during what is anticipated to be the "busiest" weekend of the summer so far, according to sources for the Spanish Airport Authority AENA.
At Palma Airport alone, more than 3,000 flights carrying around 500,000 passengers are expected this summer.
Airports and ports in and about Majorca are preparing for peak season by deploying additional personnel to entry and exit points.
Holidays to Spain and other sunny countries are what make Britons happy, according to a new study.
A survey by kayak.co.uk has revealed that holidays are of a higher importance to Brits when it comes to happiness than owning a house or being in a relationship, Travel Weekly reports.
Bookings for summer holidays in Spain and other popular destinations are looking "healthy" it has been claimed.
According to Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) while 30 years ago, foreign holidays may have been considered a luxury they are now viewed by the majority of Brits as a necessity.
His comments follow news from ebookers.com, reported by Travelmole.
Supermodel Kate Moss clearly enjoys her Spanish holidays, after she was pictured enjoying a break in Marbella a month after it was reported that her Top Shop boss had paid for her to fly to the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca on holiday last month.
The Rimmel model was spotted wearing sun glasses and holding a wine glass while on holiday in Spain by the Daily Mail.
Moss was seen relaxing on a luxury boat in Marbella with friends over the weekend.
Sporting a stripy bikini, Kate Moss looked to be enjoying the stereotypical Spanish sunshine as she laid back and applied tanning oil to her famous limbs on the deck of the boat.
Britons looking for a taste of the Oriental East on a Western European holiday to Spain can now do so at La Manga Club.
A new sushi bar has opened at the resort's Piano Bar, a roomy and yet modern facility boasting a luxurious seated lounge area.
Located at the Hyatt hotel, the Piano Bar has an inviting atmosphere and is a delightful restaurant in which to eat dinner while on holiday at La Manga Club.
Holidaymakers can now enjoy a selection of different Asian, Oriental and Middle Eastern cuisine and tapas washed down by a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails in this establishment, which does not admit children under the age of 18 after midnight.
Holidaymakers visiting La Manga this July for their summer Spanish holidays can enjoy a tasty open air meal at the tennis centre.
Irrespective of whether or not holidaymakers are at La Manga Club for a tennis break, all are welcome to come along to the Tennis Centre Family Barbeque.
Perfect for those on family holidays in Spain, there is more than just the open grill buffet on offer.
The tennis professionals of La Manga Club will host what has been described as a "sociable evening" of fun and entertainment.
Travelling in and around Murcia on a Spanish holiday "has never been easier", one commentator has stated.
According to Round Town News, this summer big "crowds of holidaymakers" are likely to head towards the Spanish beaches of Murcia and can now benefit from improved infrastructure.
Construction work has been taking place on new motorways and other roads for the past five years with the last remaining sections of roads having opened in recent months.
This month, holidaymakers taking flights to Murcia can visit La Manga Club, where saving are available at the resort's golf and tennis pro shops in July.
Consumers are willing to cut corners on certain aspects of their travel plans in order to ensure they can take their holidays this year, one commentator has suggested.
According to GMTV, travel insurance is becoming less of a priority to Britons who are more concerned with using their tight budget to pay for their flights to Spain and accommodation, such as Spanish villas.
A total 51 per cent of British holidaymakers have admitted that their travel insurance may be the thing that is omitted when planning their travels, according to the research by Norwich Union.
However the research also revealed that despite an economic downturn, two-thirds of
Britons still plan on taking holidays overseas this summer.
A couple flying to Majorca for a Spanish holiday got engaged on the plane, it has been reported.
According to the Evening Express, Mark Neish got down on bended knee and proposed to girlfriend Nicola Campbell part way through their flight to Majorca last week.
Ms Campbell was alerted to the imminent marriage proposal when the captain called her name over the intercom.
"The captain came on and he asked if there was a Nicola Campbell on the plane.