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Holidays in Spain 'will always be popular'

Holidays in Spain will remain popular, despite the strength of the euro, it has been claimed.

Sean Tipton, a spokesman for Abta – The Travel Association, said this week that Spain will always be popular with British holidaymakers and is likely to remain the country's most frequented overseas destination.

"12 to 13 million UK holidays are taken in Spain each year. It is so dominant [that] even if numbers go down, it will still be number one," he explained.

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The airline extras Brits 'want to pay for'

Those taking flights to Spain and other destinations increasingly find themselves lumbered with extra charges from airlines. However, it seems there are some extras that people would not mind paying for.

A recent poll by flight search engine Skyscanner revealed that 16 per cent of passengers would happily pay extra for a seat beside the pilot in the cockpit, while 15 per cent would splash the cash for internet access.

Further results show that 14 per cent would pay more to be seated away from children, with 13 per cent of long-legged passengers admitting they would spend more for extra room.

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Holidays 'make or break friendships'

A group holiday in Spain has the potential to cement a friendship or crumble its foundations, a new poll has revealed.

Research by Essential Travel has revealed that, although one in four people are planning to holiday with friends this summer, one in ten friendships have been ended by trips abroad.

Common reasons for Costa Blanca bust-ups include disagreements over money and friends moping over their partners back home.

Commenting on the findings, Philip Jordan, marketing director of Essential Travel, said: "Just because you enjoy the same bars, fashion and music, doesn't mean you'll have the same attitudes towards holiday activities, spending and chores.

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All-inclusive holidays are 'ideal'

Brits looking to save money this year may wish to consider an all-inclusive holiday, it has been suggested.

Speaking earlier this week, Thomas Cook said that all-inclusive breaks are perfect for those looking to manage their budgets.

"An all-inclusive holiday is ideal if you want to stick to a tight budget, as you will pay for meals, drinks and some activities in advance," a spokesman for the company commented.

Holidaymakers could also consider taking a ten-day break rather than a fortnight in order to keep costs down, he added.

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Holidaymakers 'opposed to check-in fees'

More than a third of British holidaymakers say the idea of paying to check luggage in outrages them.

In a recent poll by Holiday Extras, 38 per cent of people said they would not be willing to pay for a suitcase to be carried in the hold.

However, nine per cent said they would be happy to avoid extra charges on flights to Spain and other destinations by just taking hand-luggage.

David Stratton, a spokesman for Holiday Extras, said that the majority of short-haul airlines have now introduced charges in a bid to encourage passengers to carry less luggage and check in online.

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Benidorm Chess Open

Top chess players from across the world are set to descend on Benidorm later this month for the annual Benidorm International Chess Open.

Taking place from April 24th to May 3rd, the competition will be held at the Deloix Aqua Hotel.

The event is now in its 22nd year and, according to the Beniform Spotlight, will involve ten rounds using the Swiss system.

"Just to demonstrate the importance of the competition in the Chess world there are a total of 21 Grand Masters and 30 International Masters participating," the news source stated.

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Ryanair 'fat tax' takes the lead

More than 45,000 people have voted in Ryanair's poll inviting people to select the airline's next discretionary charge.

Ryanair recently asked the public to submit suggestions on what the airline should charge passengers for next and the top five ideas are now featured in a poll on its website.

So far, 20,000 people have voted in favour of charging overweight passengers more, while 18 per cent of people say that travellers should be charged £1 to use toilet paper with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's face on it.

"We are delighted with the number of votes cast to date and a little surprised with how the vote has gone so far.

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People 'won't give up' hard-earned holidays

People will not let the recession stand in the way of them taking their hard-earned holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

According to online travel agency On the Beach, many Brits are looking at ways to keep their holiday costs down rather than cancelling their break completely.

A recent survey carried out by the site found that 49 per cent of people will be taking fewer excursions during their holiday this year, while 32 per cent intend to spend a week abroad rather than two.

Simon Cooper, chief executive of On the Beach, commented: "Cutting out these luxuries, means consumers can still escape the doom and gloom of the financial crisis and unwind in the sun.

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport prepares for 'Easter exodus'

Around 60,000 passengers will pass through Liverpool's John Lennon Airport between Good Friday and Easter Monday, making it the busiest weekend of the year.

Despite the credit crunch, Brits are making the most of the low fares available and taking flights to Spain and other destinations to soak up some sunshine, the airport said.

Andy Gower, airport director, commented: "Passengers appear to be looking to cheer themselves up, escaping to enjoy the long weekend for either some warmer weather, late season skiing and even for city breaks to the many destinations currently available from Liverpool."

Some of the most popular destinations include sunny Mediterranean hotspots such as the Costa Blanca and Malaga.

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Spain offers 'great value for money'

Brits looking for great value should consider a holiday in Spain this year, it has been suggested.

Although the euro has recently strengthened against the pound, prices in Spain have not increased as much as they have in some non-euro destinations.

According to the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer, the price of a typical basket of food in Turkey cost £46.08 in 2007, compared to £55.

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