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Luton named top airport for passenger growth

London Luton has been named as the UK's top airport for passenger growth over the last year.

The airport, which operates flights to Spain and other popular holiday destinations, saw a 6.5 per cent increase in passengers between January and September 2008, compared to the previous year.

According to airport officials, the growth has been spurred by the introduction of several new routes.

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Holiday bookings look "robust"

Despite the current economic climate, holiday bookings for the coming year are looking "robust", one travel expert has claimed.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, travel editor Frank Barrett described the British as "determined travellers" and said it was unlikely that people would willingly sacrifice their hard-earned holidays.

"Bookings for next summer remain reasonably robust under the circumstances - there is so far little evidence of people trading down in their holiday expectations," he explained.

However, Mr Barrett said that the majority of holidaymakers are looking for bargains and more "bang for their buck", with many people considering all-inclusive options rather than self-catering.

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'Perennial favourites' re-emerge for Christmas holidays

Holidays in Spain are one of the most popular trips for British sun seekers, particularly when the cold UK weather begins to snap.

La Manga Club is well equipped to welcome such holidaymakers, thanks to its location in Murcia, where glorious weather is enjoyed for most of the year.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), there is unlikely to be any bucking of trends when it comes to where people choose to take their winter holidays.

Frances Tuke, spokesperson for the association, said that it is "very much the same destinations" that will prove to be popular over the Christmas period.

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TV star's tips for holidaymakers

Arriving in La Manga Club might mark the beginning of a perfect holiday but, for one British comedian, the fun begins long before setting foot in a resort.

Justin Lee Collins, who co-presents the Sunday Night Project with fellow comic Alan Carr, was asked by the Telegraph what is the best piece of advice he could give to somebody heading abroad.

The answer was, simply, to begin enjoying one's holiday as soon as possible.

"Your holiday starts the moment you put your bags into the car or cab on the way to the airport or station, so relax," said the bearded funnyman.

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Dreaming of a La Manga Club Christmas?

With its year-round climate and choice of luxury villas or apartments, La Manga Club could be the perfect spot for families looking to take holidays over the festive period.

And it would seem that there is no shortage of people in the UK who would jump at the chance to trade in a grey Christmas for one in sunnier climes.

A poll by Holiday Extras revealed that nearly half (45.6 per cent) of Britons will be planning a trip abroad over Christmas and New Year.

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Get festive on holiday in Spain

Britons taking holidays in Spain over the Christmas period can take part in a range of festive activities.

Antas town council has scheduled a series of festive events to run until January 6th, with everything from carol concerts to street parades scheduled to take place.

The Three Wise Men will be visiting the area and visitors can enjoy musical performances from a host of local entertainers, Euro Weekly reports.

In addition, a number of workshops will also be taking place, with activities such as Christmas card making also on offer.

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Britons 'see summer holidays as a necessity'

Regardless of the state of the economy, it would seem that Britons are unwilling to let go of the prospect of a summer holiday.

That is the opinion of Thomson Holidays, which recently conducted research which showed that summer holidays are now an ingrained feature of many people's year.

"For us at least, summer holidays are no longer considered a luxury, but as a necessity," Thomson and First Choice's customer director Tim Williamson said.

Holidaying in La Manga Club could be an option for many of those tenacious holidaymakers, according to Mr Williamson.

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Record figures at Birmingham Airport

Despite the current economic downturn, it is business as usual for holidaymakers in Birmingham.

Birmingham International Airport has experienced its busiest November on record, with Brits clearly keen to escape the doom and gloom by taking holidays in La Manga Club and other sunny destinations.

Figures show that over 620,000 people passed through the airport during November, representing a 1.6 per cent increase on the same period in 2007.

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Millions of Brits prepare for 'great escape'

Millions of British holidaymakers are preparing to make their festive escape this weekend.

Figures from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), show that three million Britons are set to travel between Christmas and New Year.

According to Abta, Britons are as keen as ever to take holidays to Spain and other sunny destinations, despite the current economic climate.

More than one million people will travel through Heathrow Airport, with Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester also expected to be particularly busy.

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Duty free increase is 'perfect timing'

The recent decision to increase duty free allowances has been welcomed by one organisation and described as "perfect timing".

It was decided earlier this month to raise the duty free allowance to £300 for people travelling to the UK, with that figure set to increase to £340 in January.

According to netflights.co.

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