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Holidays in Spain 'will remain popular'

British travellers will continue to take holidays in Spain, despite the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

Addressing the United Federation of Travel Agents' Association, Francesco Frangialli, secretary-general of the UN World Tourism Organisation, said that demand for holidays would remain strong, despite the economic doom and gloom.

"Experience teaches us that tourism is resilient … The need to go on trips, to take holidays, is too strong in our post-industrial societies," he explained.

Mr Frandialli said that instead of cutting back on travel, people were changing their habits in order to make savings.

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'Top tips' for half-term holidays in Spain

Families taking holidays in Spain over half-term can beat the credit crunch by following a series of money saving tips.

According to Tesco Personal Finance, savvy travellers can cut hundreds off the cost of their holidays in Spain by spending some time planning beforehand.

Holidaymakers can save money by arranging airport transfers in advance and shopping around online for the best deals.

Other tips include buying pre-paid calling cards and changing currency before travelling, as exchange rates in airports can often be unfavourable.

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Majority of holidaymakers plan to travel again in 2009

The majority of British holidaymakers plan to travel overseas again over the coming year.

Research carried out by the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) found that 83 per cent of holidaymakers are eager to take another holiday in the next 12 months.

Furthermore, of those surveyed, 47 per cent of people said they would not let their travel plans be affected by the current economic crisis.

Almost a third of respondents took three or more holidays in the last year, with the majority of people taking week-long breaks.

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Flights to Spain 'prove popular'

Almost one million passengers passed through Alicante Airport during the month of September, official figures have revealed.

According to airport operator Aena, Alicante is now Spain's fifth-busiest airport, jumping ahead of the likes of Tenerife and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

Over the last nine months the airport has handled in excess of 7.6 million passengers, indicating that the demand for holidays in Spain is as high as ever.

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Don't 'miss out' on Malaga

Those enjoying holidays in Spain have been urged not to "miss out" on the charming city of Malaga.

The Telegraph yesterday (October 19th) reported that many people simply pass through Malaga in their way to other destinations, without realising that the city boasts many cultural attractions and historic sites.

For holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club and hiring a car, Malaga makes for a great day out and with sights such as Alcazaba and Malaga Cathedral, visitors certainly will not be disappointed.

Writing in the Telegraph Sankha Guha described Malaga as a "buzzing" city with a "lust for life", home to numerous attractions such as the Picasso Museum, the fortress of Gibralfaro, which stands overlooking the city.

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Work begins on Malaga historic site

Renovation work has begun on the historic Arab wall in the Malaga town of Cartama.

According to Euro Weekly, local authorities will spend almost half a million euros to restore the famous site to its former glory.

Commenting on the restoration plans, the town's mayor, Jose Garrido, said: "This project is for the renovation of the upper section of the wall, which is the most visible part of this ninth-century fortress."

It is estimated that the project will take around eight months to complete, with contractors having to reinforce the wall before work can begin.

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'Get in shape' at La Manga

While many people want to chill out on their holidays, others will be keen to keep fit and make sure their bodies are in good shape.

La Manga resorts have a wide selection of sporting and leisure activities to keep guests occupied during their break.

From swimming to jogging and from tennis to pitch and putt, there is something for all athletic abilities and appetites.

Such is the pedigree of the area's training facilities that sports professionals, from footballers to tennis players, are frequent visitors.

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Britons are 'not concerned' by exchange rates

Over half of British holidaymakers say they are not concerned by fluctuations in exchange rates and would not let an unfavourable rate deter them from travelling within the eurozone.

In a recent poll carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor, 69 per cent of those surveyed said they would continue to travel within Europe regardless of currency fluctuations.

Furthermore, 26 per cent of Britons are planning to take an activity holiday over the next 12 months, with five per cent even hoping to engage in some extreme sports.

Holidaymakers looking to enjoy the beach, while at the same time engage in some activities this winter, should look no further than La Manga Club in Spain.

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Holidaymakers admit to 'over-packing'

More than half of holidaymakers pack too many clothes when travelling abroad, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras found that 58 per cent of those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations pack 'everything but the kitchen sink'.

Just three per cent of people said they under-pack, while 39 per cent of people claim they are always adequately prepared.

Commenting on the findings, Matthew Pack, web and marketing director at Holiday Extras, said: "I believe there is a fine line between packing too much and packing too little.

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Murcia is 'half-term hotspot'

Murcia looks set to be a popular destination over the half-term holidays – if recent figures released by Skyscanner are anything to go by.

The flight search engine ranked Murcia as one of its top ten most searched for destinations, beating the likes of France, Italy and Greece.

Situated in the south of Spain and with a mild climate all year round, it is little wonder that holidaymakers are clamouring to book flights to Spain.

Not only is Murcia home to some of Spain's finest beaches, the area is also home to numerous cultural attractions, including the stunning Cathedral de Santa Maria.

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