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Brits splash the cash on Spanish holidays

British travellers are spending increasing amounts of money when on luxury holidays in Spain, one commentator has noted.

According to Marks & Spencer Money, the total amount of euros spent by UK consumers abroad has reached the highest level since the introduction of the euro in 2002.

The financial services provider notes that almost £18 billion worth of euros have been spent by Britons on Spanish holidays and other breaks in Europe in the last six years.

Moreover, it looks like Spanish holidays will attract more cash splashing Brits in 2008, according to M&S Travel's money manager, Fraser Millar.

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Flights to Alicante 'to be popular' this Easter

Spanish holidays look set to be the trend this Easter, according to one budget airline.

Low-cost flight provider easyJet reports that Malaga and Alicante are favourite "hot spots" this Easter.

Those taking flights to Alicante can anticipate a warm breeze from the Mediterranean Sea, which makes the region a "perfect destination" for those on family holidays in Spain to "soak up that feel good factor".

"Passengers have a fantastic choice of destinations with easyJet this Easter.

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Andrew Lloyd-Webber invites friends on Spanish holiday

Successful British musical composer Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber is celebrating his milestone 60th birthday with a luxury holiday in Spain.

And joining him on his Spanish holidays will be a distinguished selection of family and friends, including wife Madeleine and a selection of West End stars.

Sir Andrew and guests are due to fly to the Spanish holiday island of Majorca for celebrations that are rumoured to have cost £5 million to organise - a claim disputed by the composer himself.

"If I was spending £5 million on the party as reported, I hope that I would be able to negotiate ownership of the jet and the hotel in the price," the Telegraph quoted Sir Andrew as quipping.

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Brits given advice on baggage

Britons travelling on Spanish holidays should seek advice from the local authority of the region they are travelling to before placing a lock on their luggage, it has been reported.

According to Travelfinders, it is important to bear in mind advice for the individual location holidaymakers are travelling to when choosing whether or not to place a lock on their checked-in baggage or not.

For example, a spokesperson for the company noted, those travelling to places in South Africa would be advised to keep locks on their cases.

However, in the United States "it's best not to lock your bags" as the authorities have the right to check them thoroughly and can even break locks in order to remove them.

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Spain is "most visited destination" and good value

Spanish holidays are still outweighing visits to other countries in terms of popularity, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mail, research from Teletext Holidays reveals that Spain is the most visited destination and continues to draw in customers willing to pay a little more for the privilege of sunning themselves on the country's golden beaches.

Research from Teletext showed Spain placed in the top-20 best value holidays and looks to remain popular in the future.

"The traditional holiday locations of the past 20-30 years will always remain popular but we hope that our World's Best Value Breaks Report will give holidaymakers insight and inspiration," commented Ash Makkar, marketing director of Teletext Holidays.

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Spanish spot is "vibrant metropolis"

A Spanish city has "reinvented itself" as a "vibrant metropolis", it has been reported.

According to Lonely Planet, Bilbao in the north of the country is becoming increasingly recognised as a Spanish holiday destination.

Lonely Planet claims to be the world's largest independently-owned travel guidebook publisher with over 500 staff and 300 authors.

"Those after something more cultural than beach resorts and slightly off the beaten track are tuning into Bilbao's charm," Korina Miller, commissioning editor for Spain and Portugal at Lonely Planet, said.

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Spanish tourism 'continues to grow'

Spanish holidays remain popular among foreign visitors, according to new figures.

A report by IPK, a German tourism consultancy, suggested that Spanish holidays were among the top picks for tourists from all over the world, Travel Weekly reports.

Overall, it found that global tourism numbers increased by over six per cent during 2007.

Some 790 million overnight trips were made by travellers during the year, with many opting for Spanish holidays.

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New rail link 'could boost Spanish coast'

People enjoying a Spanish holiday can access different areas of the country quicker now that a high-speed train service has started operating between Barcelona and Madrid.

James Dearsley of Atlas International suggested those staying in villas with pools in Spain will be able to travel "from the cities to the coast a little bit quicker".

He said people enjoying Spanish holidays are likely to see an increasing "shift of people from the cities to the coast" as a result of the new travel option.

"It's much like France in August; they all go to the sea," Mr Dearsley suggested.

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Spanish holidays still preferred to UK breaks

Whether it is a Spanish luxury holiday or a Spanish family holiday - Britons love travelling to Spain when they take a break.

According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva) director Robin Broke trips abroad are still favoured by British holidaymakers.

Rather than staying in the UK, it seems couples, families and individuals are preferring Spanish holidays - or trips to other foreign destinations - to heading to the Cornish coast or attractions such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Alva statistics show that during 2007, the northern coastal attraction received 5.

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Car hire firm introduces loyalty scheme

Car hire in Spain could become cheaper for members of a new loyalty scheme.

Economy Car Hire has launched a new scheme that aims to reward frequent users of its services, Travel Weekly reports.

The points-based system will apply to international car hire customers, who will earn two points per day off car hire in Spain and a number of other destinations abroad.

Recommending the service to someone else will mean the allocation of ten bonus points.

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