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Short city breaks "extremely popular"

The popularity of short city breaks to European destinations has risen since the introduction of low-cost airlines, it was said this week.

According to Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents, the reduced cost of flights nowadays has made taking a long weekend to the continent much more convenient.

Before no-frills airlines, travellers faced price tags of £300-400 for a flight to Madrid, making a city break rather expensive, he added.

But now, people can not only jet off at a minute's notice but do it at a much lower cost than in recent years.

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'Taste of Hollywood' in Alicante

Alicante is set for a taste of Hollywood over the course of the next few years after the Spanish movie production firm Tornasol Films announced it is committed to extensive activity at its Valencia-based studios.

Tornasol is scheduled to produce at least five films in Valancia next year alone and the resulting movies will incorporate some of the spectacular local scenery that has attracted so many British tourists to take a holiday in Spain.

Around 16 different feature films are expected to be created by Tornasol's Alicante-based Ciudad de La Luz company before 2011 under the terms of a recently agreed deal believed to be worth millions of pounds, Variety International reports.

Gerardo Herrero, a Tornasol partner, explained to the news provider: "The deal will allow us to work like a studio, laying down shoot dates according to long-term plans.

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Murcia golf courses in development

Fans of golf holidays in Spain will be interested in news of a number of new Murcia golf courses in development.

In total, four courses are planned on the Nicklaus Golf Trail, three of which will be situated at the Condado de Alhama resort, including one Nicklaus Signature and two Bear's Best courses.

The resort will consequently become one of the largest in Europe, Polaris World reports.

"The four courses open by 2008 - Mar Menor, La Torre and El Valle with Hacienda Riquelme due to open in January 2008 - are all within a 25 km radius," the Spanish property firm adds.

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Simplified booking boosts Spanish travel

Travellers are being encouraged to take Spanish holidays as a result of the simplicity of booking online and extra attention given to special offers, it has been claimed.

A recent study from Jupiter Research reveals that the promotion of special offers and stripping down of reservation services should be a top priority for holiday firms, On-holidays.com reports.

City and weekend breaks to a range of European cities have shown the largest recent increase in market expansion, it added, with the capital of Catalonia Barcelona a popular choice for those choosing Spain holidays.

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Gift vouchers could pay for flights to Spain

A range of gift vouchers for flights, possibly to the popular Spanish family holiday destinations of Alicante and Murcia, have been offered by one airline.

It has been reported that flyMonarch.com is now providing vouchers for consumers who may be struggling to find the perfect seasonal gift.

Easier reports that the flight operator is providing consumers with gift vouchers that can be used to pay for holidays to destinations such as Murcia.

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La Manga Club shortlisted for sports title

Those familiar with Spanish holidays at the La Manga Club will know of the excellent sporting facilities available for guests the resort boasts and now it looks as though the club will get global recognition after it was announced that La Manga Club has been shortlisted for the title of World's Leading Sports Resort at the World Travel Awards.

The awards will take place next month on the island of Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos.

Over 100,000 international tourism professionals will vote at what is recognised as the world's largest travel awards.

"We are naturally delighted to be shortlisted.

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City breaks in Spain for Britons

British holidaymakers are increasingly opting for Spanish holidays in the form of shorter city breaks to cities like Madrid, it has been reported.

Sean Tipton of the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) reported that the rise of low-cost airlines means that Europe is now more accessible than ever to those who wish to take weekend breaks in the sun.

The comment came as easyJet announced that a new route between Newcastle and Murcia will be in operation from May 2008.

"What the no frills carriers have done is open up a whole range of new city break destinations that people would never have thought of in the past.

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New flights to Murcia announced

Budget airline easyJet has announced that a new route between the UK and Spain will be introduced in spring 2008.

Flights to Murcia will operate from the regional airport in Newcastle three times a week as of May 17th next year.

According to easyJet, the route will be popular among those looking to enjoy family holidays in Spain - with an estimated 41,000 passengers expected to travel on these flights in the service's first year of operation.

"Murcia has proven to be a popular destination from other easyJet bases in the UK and now independent travellers from the north-east can take advantage of this new service from our Newcastle base, to one of Spain's most popular cities," commented David Osborne, easyJet UK's general manager.

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Spanish holidays 'are the ethical choice'

Spanish holidays are an ethically sound choice when compared to holidays in far flung destinations such as Borneo, it has been claimed.

Leo Hickman, author of The Final Call: In Search of the True Cost of Our Holidays, told the Telegraph those taking annual two-week holidays in Spain were not having the same effect as people who take ten flights per year.

Mr Hickman observed that holidaymakers travelling to Spanish resorts like Benidorm were located in a ten-kilometre "hotspot" and therefore lessening their impact on the environment.

"Tourism clusters or hubs like this are the model for more responsible travel.

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'Greater access' to Spain from low-cost carriers

Britons have greater access than ever to holidays in Spain and other European destinations thanks to low-cost airlines.

According to the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the low-cost airline market has opened up access to European regions like Spain while also enabling Spanish holidaymakers to visit the UK.

A study by the CAA on air services at UK regional airports revealed that regional airports have grown at a faster rate than London airports since 1990.

"The low cost market has really risen and it's just opened up access to so many places across Europe.

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