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Holidays are "necessity" for Britons

Spanish holidays are not a luxury for UK consumers, rather they are a "necessity", it has been argued.

According to Thomas Cook, Britons will often book holidays without having the necessary means up front to pay for them.

The company's Money Matters study showed that more than half of Brits pay for their holidays with a credit card.

"For most of us, a holiday from our busy lives is a necessity and not a luxury.

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Learn language for Spanish holiday

Britons taking flights to Murcia for a Spanish holiday may want to make an effort to learn some key phrases before they travel, according to one commentator. reports that having a basic understanding of some Spanish words could help travellers feel "better equipped" to deal with situations that could arise while on a holiday in Spain.

Kristina Pentland, communications manager for responsibletravel.

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New flights to Spain to be launched this summer

A number of new flights to popular summer holiday destinations are being launched by British Airways this summer.

Flights to Spain - including Malaga and Palma - will be available from Gatwick in summer 2008, the airline has announced.

Additionally, flights to Alicante - a popular European summer hotspot - will be launched from the London hub in a matter of months.

"As one of the only short-haul, full service carriers at Gatwick, we combine low fares with complimentary food and drink, pre-allocated seats and the opportunity to join the BA Executive Club," commented British Airways' commercial director Robert Boyle.

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Spanish holidays 'attract US tourists'

Spanish holidays are gaining favour among American tourists, it has been reported.

According to, holidays in Spain are the second most popular in the world in terms of sales and the number of tourists received, IMS reports.

IMS notes that the number of US tourists taking flights to Spain has risen in the last few years, possibly as a result of confidence in foreign travel.

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Golf holidays in Spain 'focused on Costa del Sol'

The Costa del Sol is the golf capital of Spain, according to one commentator.

Carrington Estates notes that it is the region's climate in particular attracts Brits to golf holidays in Spain.

The company also notes that the Costa del Sol has the largest collection of golf courses in all of Europe, currently numbering about 60.

Andalucia in particular is inundated with courses for those on golf weekends, boasting 93 of the country's 359 golf courses.

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Spanish holiday destination is 'top city break'

The popular Spanish holiday region of Barcelona has been named as one of the top ten city break destinations in the world.

According to Post Office, demand for such Spanish holiday city breaks could "explode" in 2008 as people cut back on expenditure on longer holidays and opt instead for two or three-night short breaks.

Post Office head of travel Helen Warburton noted that a similar pattern happened in October 1987 after Black Monday when Britons took flights to Spain for city breaks.

"It was much cheaper to go on two or more breaks during the year than to take a two-week holiday.

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Spanish holidays 'popular for surgery'

Many Britons take flights to Spain for cosmetic surgery and elective medical treatments each year.

According to Post Office, the health tourism industry saw over 70,000 people travel on flights to Spain and other overseas countries for cosmetic surgery.

Post Office notes that as well as sun and sea, many holidaymakers can find lower cost treatments abroad.

Spain is a top destination for cosmetic nips and tucks along with India, Hungary, Turkey and Malaysia.

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Advice for older Brits on tennis holidays in Spain

Older Britons who plan to travel to Spain for tennis breaks this summer have been issued with advice from the Foreign Office.

According to the Foreign Office, some over-55s are endangering their health while on holiday by over indulging in food, alcohol and sports.

Surveys reported by the government department showed that 20 per cent of 55-plus holidaymakers attempt activities they would not normally engage in at home while on holiday.

"The Foreign Office is all for over-55s having fun on holiday, but it is crucial they make some simple preparations to help avoid encountering difficulties whilst abroad," commented Foreign Office minister Meg Munn.

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Check home insurance for golf holidays in Spain

Britons taking golf holidays in Spain may not need to take out supplemental travel insurance to cover their clubs and equipment, one commentator suggests.

Graeme Trudgill, technical and corporate affairs executive for the British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba), notes that golfing equipment may be covered by home contents insurance even when taken on holiday.

However, he added that if travel insurance is taken out for transporting equipment on golf holidays in Spain, it is important to check that the policy provides adequate protection.

"Golf clubs can be valuable, so look at what the limit is on your travel insurance to see whether it covers the golf clubs," Mr Trudgill commented.

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Brits 'want to share family holidays in Spain with celebrities'

UK holidaymakers would like to share a Spanish family holiday with celebrities like Jamie Oliver and his wife, it has been reported.

According to a study by Takethefamily, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came top of a poll to discover the celebrity family the nation would most like to take a holiday with.

While the Oliver clan were favoured by 67 per cent of Britons, 15 per cent of UK parents claimed they would like to share their villa holidays in Spain with the Beckhams - consisting of footballer David, Spice Girl Victoria and sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

"More and more families are getting together to holiday in larger groups; It lets you hire a bigger villa and means your kids have other children to play with.

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