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Bmibaby unveils winter flight programme

In news which many be of interest to those booking flights to Spain, budget airline bmibaby has launched its 2009/10 winter flight programme.

The airline will fly to 19 European destinations during winter, including Spanish hotspots such as Malaga and Murcia.

Crawford Rix, managing director of the carrier, indicated that despite the economic downturn, bookings are still looking healthy.

"We have seen strong early bookings for summer 2009 as people are keen to save money by booking early.

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Brits 'reluctant to sacrifice holidays'

Brits are reluctant to sacrifice their holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

According to Skyscanner, the number of people searching for flights during the first quarter of his year is up 54 per cent on the same period in 2008.

Gareth Willims, chief executive at the flight search engine, said that people may be feeling the need to escape the doom and gloom.

"They are determined to find the very best deals possible and they are less keen on sites that charge commission, or sites which expect them to trawl through different dates and destinations one by one to find the best offers," he commented.

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New exhibition to open in Alicante

A new historical exhibition will be opened this week by Queen Sofia at the Alicante Archaelogical Museum.

Those taking holidays in Spain will be able to view Greek artefacts on loan from the British Museum.

According to Think Spain, the exhibition will be open to the public until October, meaning that Brits jetting to Spain this summer will have ample opportunity to have a look around.

Items on show include letters, coins, sculptures, marble artefacts and bronze statues.

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Andalucia's first metro is opened

A new metro system has been opened in the Spanish region of Andalucia.

According to Typically Spanish, the first train to use the new line departed from the San Bernardo station at lunchtime today.

"It was Line 1 of the new system which opened this week which, when complete, will service 22 stations along an 18-kilometre route," the news provider said.

The new system is expected to carry around 14.

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Brits 'unlikely to cancel holidays'

British people are unlikely to give up their annual holidays to Spain and other destinations, even in the midst of a recession.

That is the opinion of Steve Barnes, corporate marketing manager at the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), who said that it is "in the British psyche" to go abroad every year.

"In difficult times you might downgrade your holiday, but I really don't think there will be that many that would cancel their holiday," he commented.

The only reason people are likely to cancel their holidays is if they be become redundant and travellers should ensure that they take out a good travel insurance policy to offer protection against this, Mr Barnes furthered.

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Holidays 'too important to give up'

The majority of Brits are of the view that holidays to Spain and other sunny destinations are too important to give up, it has been claimed.

In a poll by foreign exchange specialist Travelex, 98.8 per cent of respondents said they are planning to jet abroad this summer.

The company claimed that people would rather cut back on luxuries such as dining out than give up their holidays.

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Airline offers massages to help tourists relax

Holidaymakers getting on board flights to Spain may find they have a relaxing trip as one company is offering a new detox service.

Low cost airline bmibaby is trialling the new idea on selected flights to the popular tourist destination and will offer free massages and life coaching, Holiday Extra reports.

This will include head and hand massages and it is thought that these could help to relax those who are nervous flyers.

Crawford Rix, managing director of bmibaby, said: "The onboard detox zone will give passengers the chance to start their trip feeling relaxed and ready to reap the benefits of a break away.

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Brits advised to ask about environmental impact of holidays

Many holidaymakers renting an apartment in Spain may not have enough information about how to make their trip socially or environmentally responsible, it has been claimed.

Responsibletravel.com suggests that tourists should ask their tour operators and travel agents about their responsible tourism holidays and find out as much as they can when going on a break.

However, it is not only down to the tourists, as the organisations also have a duty to inform travellers, many of whom are asking for more information, the website states.

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A taste of Spain in Guardamar

Customers at a restaurant in Guardamar are being invited to enjoy a taste of Spanish cuisine.

La Canada Restaurant is just one of the newest venues participating in the Early Evening Tapas events.

The tastings are aimed at introducing the town's community of foreign residents to the traditional Spanish delicacy tapas.

During the tapas-tasting at La Canada Restaurant, owner Antonio Riviera explained the ingredients to diners and talked about how the tapas was prepared.

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Holidays are 'a must'

Holidays in Spain and other destinations are viewed as essential, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Times, Peter Long, chief executive of TUI Travel, said that although the economic situation is serious, Brits are not in a hurry to sacrifice their holidays.

"Our customers regard their holiday as essential," he told the newspaper. "It is clear they don't wish to forgo their main holidays.

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