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Spanish holidays rivalled by congress tourism

Beach-loving holidaymakers are not the only people filling up the flights to Spain, it has been reported.

Event Planner Spain reports that, according to the Spain Convention Bureau, congress tourism is the tourist industry sector with the biggest growth.

Mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre claimed that Spain has the fifth most important congress tourism sector in the world.

According to the mayor, tourism in this sector had a turnover of €3 billion in 2006.

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Flights to Spain to be 'boosted' this winter

Monarch has boosted its flights to Spain - specifically flights to Alicante, Lanzarote, Malaga, Menorca and Tenerife - from Luton and Birmingham in its 2008/2009 winter schedule.

Managing director Liz Savage noted that demand for travel to Spanish holiday destinations like the Canary Islands has been "huge" for the winter months.

She noted that 15 per cent more seats are now available from Birmingham and ten per cent more from London Luton this winter than in 2007/2008.

"We're once again ahead of our rivals by putting our entire winter programme on sale before the summer months begin and with more flights to the destinations our passengers want, we're giving them exactly what they want too," Ms Savage commented.

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Young travellers 'want to explore'

Young people have a desire to be independent and set off on travelling holidays to Spain and elsewhere, it has been reported.

According to STA Travel, gap years, which can include young Brits taking flights to Spain, are featuring ever increasingly on people's CV's.

A spokesperson for the company noted that volunteer work and other learning experiences are mentioned on CVs.

"The desire of young independent travellers to explore .

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Brits taking Spanish holidays reminded of need for travel insurance

People taking Spanish holidays in the coming months have been reminded of the importance of taking out travel insurance, not just for flights to Spain but when travelling between any airports.

According to Defaqto, travel insurance can help holidaymakers taking flights to Spain and other destinations abroad to purchase items such as a change of clothes, if their luggage is lost or delayed.

Travel insurance can also help if flights to Spain are delayed by providing compensation for "being stuck" in the airport lounge.

"With the problems that have occurred with the opening of Terminal 5 .

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Flights to Spain from Robin Hood Airport 'are popular'

Passenger numbers at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield rose by over 12 per cent in March 2008 compared to the previous year, it has been revealed.

Robin Hood Airport now claims to have handled 2.85 million passengers since opening in April 2005.

And the most popular type of flight from Robin Hood Airport were flights to Alicante - with the destination being the top flight route for March 2008.

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Flights to Murcia for Caravaca de la Cruz

This May, following the announcement from the Met Office that this summer is likely to be a wetter than average one in the UK, Britons might want to cheer themselves up by taking flights to Murcia for a Spanish holiday.

A special festival known as Caravaca de la Cruz: Fiestas de la Santisima y Vera Cruz is taking place in the spring month in Murcia.

According to Murcia's tourism website, the festival commemorates the appearance of the Holy Cross in the fortress of the Moorish king Abu-Zayt.

"The first day begins with a Reveille, in which there is no shortage of gunpowder and this is followed by the big day of the fiestas with parades of Moors and Christians and the running of the Wine Horses up the castle ramp," the website notes.

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Spain continues 2016 Olympic bid

Spanish holidays became all the rage among sports fans in 1992 when it hosted the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Now, Spain is vying to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Madrid and has announced that its 30 sponsors have now committed in excess of €12 million in support for the campaign.

The Madrid Club 16 - as the group of main sponsors is known - is made up of leading financial, commercial and construction businesses.

Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, mayor of Madrid, had stated that the funding will bring many benefits to the city.

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Flights to Spain for Indian tourists

Spain is looking to attract classy Indian tourists to its shores for Spanish holidays, one commentator has claimed.

According to Thaindian News, the Spain Tourism Board is looking to increasing the profile of Spanish holidays to Indians.

"We have almost six billion tourists visiting us every year and we would like more people to visit the country from India," Spain's ambassador to India Ion de la Riva reportedly said.

He added that Spain is opening a National Tourist Office of Spain in Mumbai before the beginning of 2009.

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Spain celebrates British fusion

A special competition to celebrate The Queen's Birthday has been launched in conjunction with Vodafone in Spain, it has been revealed.

Costa Blanca News reports that locals and Britons enjoying Spanish holidays who capture positive images of British influence in Spain could be in the running to win an invite to the Queen's Birthday party.

Celebrations for the Queen's birthday party are to be held in June 2008 in the cultural capital of Spain, Madrid.

According to the newspaper, the images should reflect British and Spanish fusion in the realms of fashion, music, culture, sport and business.

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Spanish holidays 'great for walking'

Britons who want to enjoy a spot of walking in the summer months should consider a Spanish holiday, according to one commentator.

The landscape of southern Spain's Andalucia is perfect for those who want to enjoy walking holidays in Spain, headwater.com reported.

The valleys and hills feature Moorish whitewashed villages, meadows and hidden tracks through a limestone landscape, it notes.

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