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Airport 'gears up for Christmas rush'

Manchester Airport has reported that it is preparing for what it claims will be a "Christmas rush".

According to the airport, a number of travellers will be setting off on journeys to warmer climes.

Flights to Alicante and flights to Malaga are reported to be the second and third most popular routes from Manchester over the Christmas period.

In total, over 500,000 passengers will be travelling through the airport between December 21st 2007 and January 1st 2008.

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3.5m Brits head on holiday

A record number of Britons will be heading on holiday this December, it has been reported.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), 3.5 million UK residents will be packing their bags and heading on Spanish holidays and breaks to other countries over the Yuletide period.

The busiest day in terms of travel is predicted to be Saturday December 22nd with December 30th close behind as holidaymakers travel abroad in time for New Year's Eve.

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Internet has 'opened new doors in travel'

The internet has been good for travel agents and has opened new doors in the field, it has been reported.

According to a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), the internet allows travel agents to create bespoke holidays, the benefits of which can be passed on to the customer.

The news comes after Abta predicted that Spain would be the number one spot for holidays over the Christmas period.

Abta represents in excess of 6,000 travel agencies as well as 850 tour operators in the UK.

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Spain is 'popular destination for school holiday periods'

Spain remains a popular holiday destination for families with children on school breaks, it has been reported.

According to 2008 holiday travel predictions from Holiday Lettings, the school holiday weeks will be the periods most in demand from travellers next year.

Moreover, holidaymakers are comfortable travelling to Spain and have been for a number of years, it has been argued.

"The last ten years in Spain [is an example] of [a] destination where visitors are comfortable travelling to, are well provided for as tourists [and] where they can source affordable flights to," commented Ross Elder, managing director of Holiday Lettings.

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Spanish holidays 'still popular'

Holidays to Europe including Spanish holidays are still popular among tourists, despite the increase in global holiday travel, it has been reported.

According to a World Travel Trends report, January to August 2007 saw a four per cent growth in international tourist arrivals in Europe, eTravel blackboard notes.

This figure exceeded the World Tourism Organisation's predictions of a three per cent increase.

"All things considered, we are forecasting another year of growth in the region of three to four per cent for the European outbound travel market," commented Rolf Freitag, president and founder of the World and European Travel Monitors.

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Foreigners account for Antequera population growth

A growth in the foreign population of the Spanish region of Antequera has been reported.

According to Sur in English, the region's registered foreign population has risen by over 2,000 in the last six years.

The newspaper for southern Spain also reports that British expats make up the second largest group in this community with 247 residents originating from the UK.

Sur reports that inland areas of Malaga are becoming more attractive to foreigners with 740 Brazilians reported to be living in Antequera.

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Mythology and religion on a Spanish holiday

Those booking their flights to Spain for the new year will have the opportunity to weave a little culture into their luxury Spanish holiday, if they visit Madrid's Prado National Museum.

Between now and February 2008, the museum is hosting the Velazquez' Fables - mythology and religious history in the Golden Age exhibition.

The display looks into the "most historical facet" of the 17th-century artist and is being put on to celebrate the gallery's recent extension.

"For the first time in Spain, this exhibition brings together 52 works that the Seville artist created on themes of mythology, bible stories and historical events," Visit Spain reports.

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Brits plan on shopping overseas this festive season

Many Britons are set to travel overseas to engage in some foreign Christmas shopping this December, it has been revealed.

According to research from Cater Allen private bank, 2.2 million Britons intend to head abroad to take advantage of favourable exchange rates and the strong pound, Halifax reports.

While some Brits intend to travel to long-haul destinations to bag their yuletide bargains, 230,000 will be heading to the continent to do their shopping.

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Spain is "overall hotspot" for winter travel

Luxury holidays in Spain are the number one option for Britons taking their holidays over Christmas time, it has been reported.

According to easyJet, over a million travellers are set to fly with the airline this Christmas, with many passengers likely to be headed on family holidays to Spain.

The airline reveals that Spain is the "overall hotspot" for travel over the Christmas period, with Malaga, Barcelona and flights to Alicante anticipated to be popular over this season.

It was recently reported by the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) that Spain is the most popular tourist destination for British holidaymakers over Christmas.

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Spanish Las Vegas project 'under way'

Spanish holidays are to take on a touch of Las Vegas glamour after plans got under way to construct the world's second largest casino complex in Aragon.

Consisting of 32 casinos, five theme parks and many golf courses, the resort is sure to be a hit with Brits looking for luxury holidays in Spain.

An estimated €17 billion euros (£12 billion) will be devoted to the project by a group of investors from countries including Australia and Lebanon.

"We have great hopes of regenerating a zone that has been abandoned for several years," regional vice-premier Jose Angel Biel said of the project.

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