Spain remains the most popular destination for British tourists, newly released figures have revealed.
Foreign Office statistics show that nearly 14 million Brits opted for a Spanish holiday between April 2005 and March last year, compared with the 11 million who chose nearest rival France as a destination.
Ireland came in third with 4.2 million visitors, the US fourth with four million, and Italy completed the top five with 3.
The region of Murcia's proposed international airport has moved a step closer following the signing of a construction and management contract, it has been reported.
According to typicallyspanish.com, the contract was awarded to Aeromur SA, a consortium comprised of Sacyr, the Caja de Ahorros de Murcia, the Caja Mediterraneo, Grupo Corporative Fuertes, Montoro e Hijos, Cementos La Cruz and Inocsa Ingenieria.
Construction is due to start in 2008, and the project is set for completion in 2010.
Spanish holidays are becoming increasingly popular, newly released figures show.
Data released by Spain's ministry of industry, commerce and tourism reveal the number of tourists arriving in Spain reached 5.8 million in June - up 4.8 per cent on a year ago.
The popularity of Spanish holidays can be explained in part by the availability of cheap flights to the region, it has been claimed.
According to Andy Welland from Propertyshowrooms.com, the proliferation of flights to the country means the Spanish tourism industry is particularly vibrant.
In contrast, the seasonal nature of the Greek and Cypriot tourism industries means there are fewer lights to the area in off-peak times - further impacting on demand during these periods as holidays become more expensive.