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Spanish holidays 'will not be touched by credit crunch'

Britons will not be put off taking flights to Spain for Spanish holidays in 2008, despite the looming credit crunch, it has been claimed.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the director of the Turespana Spanish Tourist Board in London, Ignacio Vasallo, claimed that tourist numbers for 2008 would, if anything, rise slightly on last year's figures.

Stating that sales of summer holidays to Spain performed well during the first three months of 2008 in the UK, Mr Vasallo said that the market forecast is "good" for this summer.

"However, while the credit crunch may persuade British consumers to put off selling the house or buying a new car, it will not deter them from going on holiday this year," he added.

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Holidaymakers advised to check cover on valuable items

UK residents who indulge in a spot of shopping on their Spanish holidays have been advised to check their levels of insurance cover.

According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), travel insurance covers policyholders for a "limited amount" only.

The comment comes after Sainsbury's Travel Insurance estimated that up to ten per cent of people travelling overseas may be travelling without cover, with an approximate 4.2 million people failing to take out travel insurance the last time they travelled abroad.

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Travellers 'would sacrifice snacks for cheaper prices' on flights to Spain

Holidaymakers are more concerned with cheaper airfares than small luxuries once onboard flights to Spain and other destinations, it has been reported.

According to a study by SeatGuru, while 26 per cent of holidaymakers surveyed said that they most valued a full meal onboard aircraft, if it meant they could have a cheaper fare, 36 per cent of flyers would go without their complimentary snack.

Research by the company also revealed that the snack that most travellers prefer is cheese and crackers, while most popular drink for holidaymakers is bottled water, followed by soda and wine.

"At the end of the day, a TV dinner is all flyers are really asking for," Matt Daimler, founder of SeatGuru, commented.

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Flights to Spain for car rally

Another Classic Car Rally is set to take place in Benidorm next month, meaning that fans of timeless autos wishing to attend the event should get their skates on in booking their flights to Spain.

Expected to attract enthusiasts from all over Europe, the meeting is due to take place in Benidorm between May 9th and 11th 2008, Round Town News reports.

Holidaymakers who attend the third annual exhibition may recognise some of the motors on display from popular films and television, according to the publication.

In addition to the showcasing of seventy classic cars, the 'talking' Kitt car made famous on 1980's TV show Knightrider, which starred David Hasselhoff, will be on diaply.

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Tennis holidays and football tournaments

Tennis holidays are being increasingly offered to British holidaymakers by tour operators, it has been reported.

According to Derek Moore, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), as well as tennis, golf breaks alongside canoeing, cycling, walking and sailing holidays are becoming more widely available.

The news comes after the Office of National Statistics' Social Trends 2008 survey revealed that one quarter of adults in England are currently members of a sports club.

"We don't necessarily wish to sit on a beach sunning ourselves for 14 days in the 21st century," Mr Moore commented.

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'Greater range of golf holidays available'

More Britons are interested in incorporating sport into their holidays, such as their luxury holidays in Spain, it has been reported.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), an increasing range of sports-related holidays are now available from UK operators.

The news comes after figures from the Office of National Statistics Social Trends 2008 survey suggested that the number of UK residents regularly taking part in sport and exercise is on the increase.

"People are much more aware of health issues and the fact that our sedentary daily lives leave us open to potential heart attack and stroke problems in later life," Derek Moore, chairman of AITO, said.

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Golf and more on a villa holiday in Spain

La Manga Club is well known for its golfing facilities - it boasts three championship courses, practice facilities and a training centre all dedicated to the sport - however there is more to the resort than just golf.

For those looking to enjoy alternative or more laid back sports while on a villa holiday in Spain can find a variety of activities on offer at La Manga Club.

The tennis centre offers a variety of leisure options for active and less active holidaymakers including access to a gym and spa where personal trainers and physiotherapists are on hand to offer support and assistance.

For a relaxed sport with a more laid back pace and beautiful surroundings, try your hand at a game of bowls on the bowling green or a game of boules on the petanque court.

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Golf holidays in Spain for kids

Golfing breaks need not only be for mums and dads, this summer why not take time out to let the kids brush up on their golfing techniques.

On a holiday at La Manga Club, children can practice on three 18-hole courses at La Manga Club while practice facilities are directly targeted at juniors.

The La Manga Club Academy of Golf provides courses for junior golfers as well as adults and runs from Monday to Friday all year round.

Children from the ages of eight or nine upwards with a keen interest in golf can even participate in the adult academy training sessions.

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Pleasant walks on a Spanish holiday

Among the many things to see and do on a Spanish holiday to the Costa Blanca, holidaymakers could pay a visit to La Mata-Torrevieja natural park.

La Mata and Torrevieja are two lakes located within a kilometre of each other, with Torrevieja being the larger of the two.

The salt lakes both lie below sea level and are natural parks, tapasblog.com reports.

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Holidays in Spain 'cheapest in the eurozone'

While attention has been drawn recently to the strength of the euro against the pound sterling, many Brits are unlikely to put off their annual flights to Spain.

And according to the Post Office, Spain is the "cheapest place" to holiday in the eurozone which could encourage sun-seeking Brits to book their flights to Murcia.

Post Office claims that according to its research, holidays in Spain can see "tourist staples" cost up to 15 per cent less than the more pricey destinations of France, Portugal and Italy.

Spokesperson Helen Warburton said: "Looking forward we believe that holidaymakers will be smarter about where they choose to go this year.

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