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Activity holidays 'prove popular'

British holidaymakers will be reaching for their golf clubs and tennis racquets this year, a new poll has suggested.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor suggested that British travellers are eager to engage more in activities when on holiday.

Of those surveyed, 26 per cent said they would like to take an activity holiday over the coming year, while five per cent said they were eager to try their hand at some extreme sports.

However, it seems that skiing holidays are not quite so popular, with just ten per cent of Britons planning to hit the slopes this year.

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Britons plan to 'travel more'

British holidaymakers plan to spend even more on travel over the coming year, despite the current economic crisis, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey carried out by online travel site TripAdvisor, more than half of Britons said they planned to increase their holiday spending over the coming year.

Furthermore, of those surveyed, 69 per cent claimed that unfavourable exchange rates would not deter them from taking holidays in Spain and other eurozone destinations.

The poll revealed that a third of Britons plan to take three or more holidays over the coming year, while 23 per cent aim to become "more environmentally conscious".

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Holidaymakers 'choose travel agents'

An increasing number of holidaymakers are choosing to book their flights to Spain and other destinations through travel agents, rather than book independently, it has been suggested.

Ian Bradley, a spokesman for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, claimed that holidaymakers were beginning to see the benefits of booking their flights and accommodation through trusted travel agents.

"People are saying: 'I don't have the time to surf the net all day long, looking at what all the deals and offers are like, but what I will do is pop into the travel agents and get everything sorted out for me'," he explained.

Furthermore, Mr Bradley added that consumers enjoy the level of financial protection offered by travel agents, which, after the recent collapse of XL Airways, is little wonder.

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Malaga Airport receives €14m funding

Britons taking flights to Spain over the coming year may be pleasantly surprised by Malaga Airport's new terminal building.

According to Euro Weekly News, AENA – the Spanish airport and navigation body – has given the go-ahead for €14 million to be spent on fixtures and fittings for the newly-built terminal.

Work will be carried out on the terminal over the next 12 months, with plans to install a VIP room, medical centre and gardens.

The new terminal building covers an area of 271,000-square-metres and will feature more than 86 check-in desks.

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Holidays in Spain are a 'top choice'

With its rich natural beauty and spectacular golden beaches, Spain has been described as an ideal winter sun destination for British holidaymakers.

Speaking today (October 25th), Ignacio Vasallo, director of the Spanish Tourist Office, said that holidays in Spain offered fantastic value for money for all people, from families to solo travellers.

"Spain endures as the number one European destination for UK travellers, welcoming over 16 million visitors each year," he explained.

Mr Vasallo described Spain as a land rich in natural beauty and a destination that has always been at the forefront of tourism.

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'Culture vultures' enjoy holidays in Spain

Golf holidays in Spain are a top draw for many visitors to the south of the sunny nation, but there is also a great deal going on there from a cultural point of view.

In particular, a trip to Malaga could be a worthwhile excursion for culture vultures, Spain Magazine suggests.

Car hire in La Manga could be a good way for guests at the Murcia resort to find their way to the city, where people will find a range of attractions dedicated to Malaga's favourite son, Picasso.

The Picasso Museum is one of the main stops on a cultural tour of Malaga, housing more than 200 original works by the Spanish master.

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Spain tops list of half-term holiday destinations

With half-term fast approaching, Britons are beginning to search for family holiday deals and, according to new figures, Spain is proving particularly popular this year.

Research carried out by flight search engine found that Spain is the "most searched for" half-term holiday destination, beating the likes of France, Greece and Italy.

Alicante was named as the most popular Spanish destination and it's little wonder, with its picturesque harbours, busy markets, unspoilt beaches and fashionable marinas.

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Holidaymakers urged to check EHICs

Families taking holidays in Spain this half-term have been urged to check that their European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) are valid before travelling.

The warning comes after the Department of Health revealed that 1.5 million EHICs are set to expire at the end of October.

Paul Siddell, overseas healthcare programme manager at the Department of Health, said: "Many Brits are putting themselves at unnecessary risk by not checking their EHIC expiry date.

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Scots 'spend big' on holidays in Spain

When it comes to splashing the cash on holiday in Spain, no one does it better than the Scots, new figures have revealed.

A recent study by M&S Money found that Scottish holidaymakers exchange an average of £340 before travelling, while those in the south-west of England change just £298 before heading abroad.

It emerged that 69 per cent of holidaymakers buy foreign currency before travelling to Spain and other popular destinations.

Commenting on the findings, Fraser Millar, M&S head of travel services, said: "By taking out more currency in advance, shoppers in Scotland and the north of England are getting the best value on their holiday money.

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Travel insurance is 'vital' for holidays in Spain

Britons taking sporting holidays at La Manga Club and other destinations this winter have been warned to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before leaving.

According to, holidaymakers should also read the "small print" on their policy and make ensure that they are covered for all of the sporting activities that they intend to partake in.

Peter Gerrard, head of insurance research at the site, commented: "Brits that save their hard earned cash for a snow filled adventure must ensure they are adequately insured; it is important to scour the small print before travelling to avoid any nasty surprises.

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