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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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Spain is a 'romance hotspot'

Britons looking for romance should consider a break at La Manga Club, after new research revealed that Spain is a holiday romance hotspot.

New research revealed that 34 per cent of Britons have enjoyed a holiday romance, with the top destinations including Majorca, Barcelona and Tenerife.

The study – carried out by moneysupermarket.com – found that those over 60 were the most likely to find love abroad, while the residents of East Anglia were the most likely to get married after a holiday fling.

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Spanish hotels 'among Europe's best'

Luxury Spanish resorts such as La Manga Club are among the best in Europe, according to a new report.

A recent study by Hotelclub.es revealed that accommodation in Spain is streets ahead of other destinations and that the country boasts some of Europe's best hotels and resorts.

In the study - which looked at the world's best hotels - Spain beat off competition from France and Italy to take 5th position.

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Demand for euro 'still high'

Holidays to Spain are as popular as ever, with demand for euro currency said to be even higher than last year.

A report published by the Post Office today revealed that one third of Britons plan to take a foreign holiday this year and will continue to do so "no matter how bad the economy gets".

Despite the euro increasing in strength over the last year, consumers still believe that holidays in Spainoffer good value for money.

Sales of euro currency have increased by more than eight per cent over the last year and demand shows no signs of falling.

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CelebAir flies to Spain

Britons booking flights to Spain this summer have the opportunity to be waited on by a host of well-known celebrities, as ITV's CelebAir takes to the skies next month.

The programme will see 11 celebrities take over the running of a Monarch plane and carry out a range of duties from checking passengers in to conducting safety demonstrations.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to fly with CelebAir to a number of Spanish destinations such as Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza, Menorca and Tenerife.

Commenting on the prospect of celebrity flights to Spain, ITV2 controller Zai Bennett said: "CelebAir promises to be a huge reality event this autumn on ITV2.

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Millions of Britons make Spanish bank holiday getaway

Millions of Britons are set to escape the wet August weather and head to Spain this weekend.

With the rain continuing to pour down in the UK, The Travel Association (Abta) has estimated that up to two million Britons will leave the country between August 22nd and August 25th.

Friday and Saturday are expected to be the busiest two days, with 420,000 holidaymakers travelling through Heathrow Airport and 260,000 departing Gatwick.

According to Abta, holidays to Spain remain a firm favourite, with Britons attracted by the guarantee of sunshine.

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