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Apprentice winner stays in bed after Spanish holiday

It seems that television's The Apprentice winner Lee McQueen should have taken the health advice offered by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain while enjoying a recent holiday in Spain.

The 30-year-old winner beat thousands of applicants to secure a position working with Sir Alan Sugar at Amstrad's factory in Brentwood, Essex, but failed to make an appearance there today on what should have been his first day on the job.

McQueen's role is to develop digital advertising screens at the factory.

"Lee is at home with a virus.

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Search for Spanish holidays has been 'revolutionised' by internet

The growth of the internet has helped to transform holiday searches, one commentator has claimed.

The internet has also helped to make it easier for travellers to find the perfect holiday, according to Holiday Lettings, spurring an increase in holiday bookings.

According to tourism figures from the Office for National Statistics for the 12 months leading to April 2008, the number of visits abroad by UK residents was recorded at 70.3 million.

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Bashful Brits book Benidorm breaks

UK holidaymakers enjoy traditional family holidays in Spain, but tend not to brag about it, it has been suggested.

According to News Guardian, bashful Britons most enjoy taking flights to Spain for holidays on the beaches of Benidorm.

Other Spanish spots that Brits enjoy frequenting on the quiet include the Costa Del Sol and Malaga, according to the Boots poll.

"Whether its Benidorm or Brighton, people need to remember that wherever they go on holiday it is important they take the necessary health precautions," Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers said.

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Big Brother winner takes Spanish holiday

Former Big Brother winner Kate Lawler has been spotted enjoying a Spanish holiday on the Costa Del Sol.

The DJ was snapped drinking a beer on the beach and displaying a toned physique a mere eight weeks after completing the London Marathon, the Daily Mail reports.

Kate ran the marathon in Ann Summers lingerie in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and is now recovered with a Spanish holiday.

Kate, who won Big Brother in 2002, looked fit and toned in the photographs, which showed her wearing a trendy black bikini and shades on a Spanish beach.

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Avoiding sunburn on Spanish holidays

This summer, Brits taking flights to Murcia and Alicante have been offered some advice on how to get the best from their break and avoid having their fun spoiled by tummy troubles and sunburn on a Spanish holiday.

According to research by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, of the thousands of people who take an annual two-week break in the sun, 81 per cent will fall ill, the Western Mail reports.

However, holidaymakers can avoid ruining their breaks by making preparations such as taking a first aid kit with basic medicines abroad.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain notes that those who rely on overseas medications can put their health at risk by failing to understand instructions on side-effects and dosage.

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Brits 'unwilling to give up Spanish holidays'

Individuals and families living in the UK are generally unwilling to give their Spanish holidays this year, it has been suggested.

Frances Tuke from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has insisted that Britons tend to be very reluctant to forego a holiday they had planned because of financial hardships.

The British economy has hit relatively hard times in recent months but many thousands of people from across the country still look set to find the cash for a holiday in Spain at some point this summer.

"We know from previous recessions and difficult times that holidays are the last things that people are prepared to give up.

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Abta: Spain still reigns in holiday market

Holidays in Spain are still proving extremely popular with British tourists despite the fact that their finances are being increasingly squeezed as the year goes on, it has been claimed.

According to comments from a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), the demand for Spanish holidays has not diminished despite the UK's economic downturn.

Frances Tuke from Abta has said that while there were some fears that the weakening of the pound against the euro could see less people travelling from the UK to Europe, these worries have proved to be largely unfounded.

"The industry is performing extremely well all over really but it's performing particularly well to mid-haul and long-haul destinations," Ms Tuke aded.

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French 'to spend less' while on Spanish holidays

French people taking holidays in Spain this summer are set to spend marginally less than they did last year, new figures suggest.

Ipsos-Europ Assistance spoke to 3,500 people across Europe and found that the average family holiday budget is 2,206 euros (£1,748).

However, holiday spending among French households is down four per cent on 2007, the Connexion reports.

Nevertheless, the percentage of French people who are planning summer breaks remains higher than the European average.

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Tips before taking a hire car in La Manga

Car hire in La Manga offers one of the best ways to explore the beauties of the Murcia region - but British drivers ought to check the rules of the road first.

According to insurance company Sheilas' Wheels, one-third of British holidaymakers are unaware that regulations for driving on the continent are different than those in force in the UK.

The insurer also estimates that 3.6 million drivers in Britain do not know what the speed limit is on foreign roads.

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Spanish holidays lead the way for Europeans

Spanish holidays appear to be the number one choice for Europeans looking to get some summer sun this year.

Analysis of travel insurance bookings on airline websites by Mondial Assistance revealed that just over one-quarter (25.3 per cent) of travellers from the continent are planning a break in Spain.

The Spanish know exactly what their fellow Europeans see in their country and, as such, are unwilling to leave.

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