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Canary Island to host travel conference

Gran Canaria is to host the 2008 Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) Travel Convention, it has been announced.

According to Abta, the Travel Convention 2008 will be held in the Maspalomas Conference Centre in Gran Canaria between October 7th 2008 and October 9th 2008.

Chief executive of Abta, Mark Tanzer noted that the conference centre was another "stunning" setting which perfectly suits the "premier travel event of the year" for the UK.

"Gran Canaria is looking forward to hosting the Travel Convention in 2008 as we believe it is an excellent opportunity to present our destination to the best of the UK travel industry," Roberto Moreno Diaz, president of the Gran Canaria tourism board stated.

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Celebs 'select Spanish holiday island'

The Spanish holiday island of Majorca is popular among celebrities, it has been reported by one commentator.

According to the Times, famous faces such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Andrew Lloyd Webber frequent the Balearic island on Spanish holidays.

"On Mallorca, these days, you can't move for double-barrelled celebs and the paparazzi set up camp for the season at Palma airport," the newspaper reports.

Additionally, the newspaper notes that those who enjoy holidays in Spain can experience an "authentic" Spanish holiday if they travel to Conil de la Frontera, where the majority of holidaymakers are Spanish.

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"Millions" of tourists to take Spanish holidays

Millions of tourists are anticipated to take flights to Murcia and other regions for Spanish holidays in 2008, it has been claimed.

According to Exceltur, the rise in the number of people taking Spanish holidays is as a result of a reduction in costs of air travel among other things, Euroresidentes reports.

Spain's main tourist attractions were reported to be beaches and sun spots.

Holiday Which? recently reported that beach holidays would always be popular among British holidaymakers.

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UK holidaymakers spend '£34.4bn on trips abroad'

Holidaymakers in the UK spend a collective £34.4 billion on annual trips abroad, including Spanish holidays, it has been revealed.

According to Alliance and Leicester, the majority of this sum is spent during the holiday itself, while the remainder is spent on the booking and accommodation.

Research from the bank shows that a total £23.

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Package holiday 'is still around'

The traditional package holiday is still going strong despite an increase in long-haul travel, it has been reported.

According to Claire Lilley, head of research for Holiday Which?, while some holidaymakers do travel further afield, green issues are making Britons think more about their choice of holiday destination.

She added that Spanish holidays are cheaper than long-haul holidays, noting that such holidays will be perennially popular.

"There were 19 million package holidays taken last year.

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Spanish holidays "will always be popular"

Spanish beach holidays are unlikely to diminish in popularity, despite an increase in holidaymakers looking for "adventurous" travel, it has been asserted.

According to Holiday Which? traditional beach holidays are likely to remain "really popular" among families.

Claire Lilley, head of research for the magazine, added that these type of holidays were a hit with families who do not want hassle.

Take The Family recently reported that family holidays in Spain were popular because of great beaches and a child-friendly culture.

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Holidaying Brits advised to "read the small print"

Britons taking Spanish holidays have been told to read the fine print when they book flights in order to avoid paying for extra services which they do not require.

According to Holiday Which?, holidaymakers should decide what they want before booking a holiday to ensure that they do not get confused and end up booking something that they do not want.

Holiday Which? is a quarterly published magazine which aims to provide holidaymakers with comprehensive "unbiased" holiday advice.

"Be clear about what you want at the start of your booking.

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Spain 'looks to protect coasts'

Golden beaches are a quintessential part of the Spanish holiday and as such, it is imperative that the country's coastline is well protected.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Spain's environment minister is tackling illegal construction on Spanish shorelines to ensure that the erosion on the region's coastline is not precipitated.

However, it is noted that this must be done in a way that ultimately benefits tourism.

"If we want [the coast] to last, we have to change our paradigm," Jose Fernandez Perez, director of coastal areas at the country's environment ministry commented.

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Airlines making "positive" progress in terms of disabled travel

Spanish holidays will become more accessible to a wider range of passengers, it is hoped, after it was noted that the air travel situation in relation to disabled travellers is "quite positive".

According to Tourism for All, most airports have done a lot in recent times to make their services more accessible to all travellers.

Recent European commission legislation airports will be required to assist disabled and reduced mobility passengers to and from their aircraft seat and airport arrival or departure point from July 26th 2008.

"It's a developing area and one where, hopefully, in the not too distant future, it will be more accessible than it is at the moment," commented Brian Seaman, spokesperson for Tourism for All.

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Celeb chef to cook up a storm with BA

Holidaymakers taking flights to Murcia and other destinations may soon discover that their in-flight meals have a touch more panache to them than usual.

A new celebrity chef has been appointed to the position of senior executive chef at Gate Gourmet, by British Airways.

Steven Walpole has appeared on television channels BBC UK Food and Discovery Health and has also assisted on the BBC programme Saturday Kitchen.

"We are pleased to have attracted a talent such as Steven to join our already excellent team.

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