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Holidays are an 'essential expenditure'

Holidays to Spain and other popular destinations are widely seen as an necessity, rather than a luxury, it has been suggested.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito), holidays are part and parcel of every day life, and people are unlikely to sacrifice them in a hurry.

Aito public relations officer Ian Bradley, said that alongside houses and cars, holidays are viewed as a necessity.

"I think in this climate there's enough worry out there regarding redundancies, interest rates, house repossessions and all sorts of things, people just feel the need to get away," he explained.

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Sterling 'will improve' over 2009

The pound may have taken a battering throughout 2008, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, according to one organisation.

UK foreign exchange company World First is predicting that the strength of sterling will improve significantly against the euro over the coming year, which is good news for anyone taking a holiday to Spain.

Commenting on the situation, Jeremy Cook, chief economist at the situation, said: "The overall feeling for 2009 is that there will be a pull back from the edge of a stronger sterling. It's been pretty rough for the last part of 2008, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Over-60s 'won't cut back on holidays in Spain'

Britons aged over 60 are unlikely to cut back on the amount of travelling they do, a new study has revealed.

Research by financial services provider Intune found that 80 per cent of over-60s take at least two foreign holidays each year.

Further results show that 25 per cent of respondents take four or more holidays in Spain and other destinations annually.

Stuart Castledine, managing director of the organisation, said that many retirees regret that they were unable to take more holidays in their youth, suggesting that they were unlikely to cut back now.

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Soak up some Christmas cheer on holiday in Spain

Britons taking a holiday in Spain this month can get into the Christmas spirit and pick up some last-minute gifts by visiting the popular resort of Benidorm.

According to Euro Weekly News, the Steiner-Waldorf school at Partida Els Talls is hosting its annual Christmas market on December 13th.

The market will be open from 11am until 6am providing holidaymakers with the ideal opportunity to snap up some festive bargains.

As well as stalls selling seasonal food and drink, visitors can also expect a range of other activities and events.

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Pyry Mikkola to play in Costa del Sol

Finnish musician Pyry Mikkola is set to perform in Spain later this week.

Those taking holidays in Spain can catch the talented violinist in concert at the Arroyo de la Miel church on December 11th.

Arroyo de la Miel is located in north-east Benalmadena and, according to Euro Weekly, the concert will commence at 7pm.

Mikkola, who has been described as a "dazzling" musician, will perform pieces by composers such as Bach, Sarasate, Paganini and Sibelius.

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Feel 'radiant and rejuvenated' at La Manga Club

If you're feeling tired and rundown by the stresses and strains of everyday life, then a trip to La Manga Club could be just the thing you need to prepare for the year ahead.

La Manga's luxury health spa offers a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments specially designed to you feeling soothed and radiant.

A refreshing facial is the ideal place to start and there are plenty of options available to suit all skin types.

Guests looking to turn back the years and reveal the skin's natural radiance may wish to opt for a deep cleansing facial, which includes an exfoliating peel, gentle massage, deep cleansing mask and a sumptuous skin softening hand treatment.

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Make the most of your mobile

As well as arranging flights and accommodation, those taking holidays in Spain should also ensure they are getting value for money from their mobile operator while abroad.

That is the advice of moneysupermarket.com, which is urging phone users to check their tariffs before embarking on a break abroad.

The price of phone calls and other services offered by operators can increase when a phone is used abroad, making it important for consumers to get the best deal.

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Smart holidaymakers 'travel at Christmas'

Employees looking to use as little as possible of their annual leave should take their main holiday around Christmas time, it has been suggested.

According to travel experts at Teletext, taking holidays in Spain and other destinations over the festive period is an excellent option for "savvy" travellers.

A recent study carried out by the organisation revealed that many holidaymakers are using the downturn to secure good deals on flights and accommodation.

Teletext marketing director Ash Makkar commented: "It's no surprise that they’re opting for sunshine breaks as the weather in the UK has turned arctic and we didn't have much of a summer so despite economic doom and gloom people are craving their sunshine fix.

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Holidays in Spain are 'a must'

Holidays in Spain and other popular destinations are seen as an essential rather than luxury expenditure, it has been claimed.

Speaking recently, a spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), said that for many families, holidays are part of every day life and will not be sacrificed as a result of the credit crunch.

"We've been going abroad in large numbers since the 1970s and for most people it's something they don't regard as a luxury anymore," he commented.

In addition, he added, holidaymakers have access to some excellent deals on flights and holiday packages.

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Spain is a 'tried and tested' destination

One of the reasons holidays in Spain are so popular is the fact that the country has a long-standing reputation as a quality holiday destination, it has been suggested.

Furthermore, the government's plan to double long-haul passenger duty in the future could mean that holidays on the continent are more popular than ever, Homes Worldwide reports.

Commenting on the popularity of Spain as both a property investment and holiday destination, Victor Sague, sales and marketing director for Taylor Woodrow de Espana, said that Spain was likely to remain a must-visit destination.

"Despite the continued competition from newer emerging markets such as the Far East, Spain has and continues to be one of the most popular choices for holidaymakers and those looking to buy a home abroad," he added.

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