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Enjoy a winter holiday in Spain

With plenty of sunshine all year round, Spain is the perfect destination for a winter holiday.

As part of plans to boost visitor numbers during cooler months, tourism authorities in the country are launching a new Winter in Spain campaign.

A spokesman for Spain's tourism and industry ministry said that the government was keen to get the message across to holidaymakers that Spain is a year-round destination.

Those visiting La Manga Club this winter will find no shortage of activities to keep them occupied, with the winter months perfect for golf, tennis, mountain biking and hill walking.

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Spain is 'top car hire destination'

Britons taking holidays in Spain are among the world's best car hire customers, according to new research.

A recent study undertaken by car hire company CarDelMar revealed that holidaymakers driving Spain are the most careful customers.

Research found that 99.5 per cent of cars hired in Spain come back in immaculate condition.

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Patsy Kensit takes a Spanish holiday

British actress Patsy Kensit has been soaking up the sun on the Spanish island of Majorca this week.

The 40-year-old is holidaying with her partner Jeremy Healy and her sons James and Lennon.

Pictured in the Daily Mail, the star showed off her trim figure in a patterned orange dress as she spent time lounging around the grounds of her hotel.

After sunbathing by the pool she was then enjoyed a glass of sangria from the hotel bar.

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Stella McCartney soaks up the sun in Spain

Another day, another celebrity holiday and this time it is the turn of fashion designer Stella McCartney.

Stella is currently holidaying in Spain, along with her husband Alasdhair Willis and her three children, Miller, Bailey and Beckett.

The 36-year-old, who is best known for her work at Parisian fashion house Chloe, was pictured in the Daily Mail dressed in a leopard-print two-piece bikini.

Looking trim and toned, the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney enjoyed a dip in the sea and engaged in a spot of snorkelling.

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Holidaymakers 'book trips to Spain early'

Millions of British consumers are set to book next year's holidays over the coming month.

According to a report by Travel Weekly, Britons are keen to arrange their holidays to Spain in advance in order to allow budgeting time and ensure that their preferred dates are available.

A survey carried out by research group TNS revealed that ten per cent of people plan to book their holidays before December, while 25 per cent of consumers are already looking through 2009 brochures.

The research suggested that the current credit squeeze had failed to deter people from enjoying an annual holiday in Spain.

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Holidaymakers 'save money by tipping less'

British holidaymakers are planning to stretch their spending money further this year by cutting back on the amount they leave in tips, according to new research.

Despite the credit crunch, a majority of Britons are holidaying as usual this year; however, a new poll by the Post Office has revealed that one in three people plan to stop leaving gratuities, unless they receive "exceptional service".

Those taking holidays to Spain this year are reportedly planning to cut back on the amount of money they give to waiters, sunbed attendants, street performers and hotel staff.

Post Office head of travel services Helen Warburton suggested that holidaymakers research their destinations beforehand and always carry some spare change just in case they feel the need to tip.

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Dancing on Ice star holidays in Marbella

Dancing on Ice star Chris Fountain has become the latest celebrity to enjoy a holiday in Spain this summer.

The Hollyoaks actor – who came second in last year's Dancing on Ice – was pictured by the Daily Mail soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine in the resort of Marbella.

Accompanied by several beautiful ladies, the 21-year-old actor appeared to be having a whale of a time as he sunbathed and sipped champagne onboard a large luxury yacht.

Fountain, who plays Justin Barton in the Channel 4 soap, was seen demonstrating his dance moves with one of his lady friends, before diving into the sea to cool off.

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Credit crunch 'won't deter holidaymakers'

British people are as determined as ever to take their hard-earned holidays, despite the current economic climate, new research has revealed.

A recent poll carried out by Adfero researchers revealed that 75 per cent of people intended to take a foreign holiday this year, with just 18 per cent claiming that the credit crunch had affected their holiday plans.

Sylvia Evans, a 22-year-old from Leeds, said that although the credit crunch had made her "think twice" it had not succeeded in putting her off taking a break.

A survey carried out by Kayak.

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Holidaymakers eager to shed 'Brits abroad' image

Over half of Britons admit to being 'holiday snobs' and choosing to travel to areas where they are unlikely to run into rowdy fellow countrymen.

In a poll by Cater Allen Private Bank, 57 per cent of people claimed that they liked to holiday in quiet destinations such as La Manga Club and places that were not associated with rowdy groups.

The study found that 46 per cent of people feel their holiday choices reflect their personality, while four per cent say they liked to "out do" friends and family members when it comes to travel destinations.

Sally Watts, director of marketing at Cater Allen, commented: "Britons are becoming more discerning about where they holiday and are keen to avoid stereotypes of British unruliness abroad.

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Plan holidays to Spain 'in advance'

Families planning holidays to Spain should book their flights and accommodation in advance, it has been suggested.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators, the best-value deals are often the ones booked in advance.

Ian Bradley, a spokesman for the organisation, suggested that families in particular should try to book their holidays early, due to the inflexible nature of school term times.

"The last minute market at the moment is pretty quiet and the trend that I have seen from AITO members is that future bookings are looking very healthy because people are booking well in advance and budgeting accordingly to pay for these trips," he explained.

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