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Tourists set sights on Easter holidays in Spain

Hardworking Britons look set to take advantage of the early Easter in 2008 by jetting out on Spanish holidays.

According to the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the Hoteliers Federation of Majorca has reported that reservations at tourist accommodation in the Playa de Palma, Palmanova, Magalluf and Palma regions have reached above the 60 per cent full mark.

The Spanish holiday island of Majorca is a popular destination for Brits seeking sun and sand.

The Federation noted that the figures are similar to ones recorded for the same period in 2004 when Easter also came earlier than usual.

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"Romanian Pavorotti" entertains crowds in Spain

Lauded by the AFP as a "Romanian Pavarotti", Costel Busuioc has won a Spanish television music competition for immigrants.

The bricklayer beat off competition from three Cubans, a competitor from Togo, brothers from Venezuela and a Syrian in the final of "Hijos de Babel" on TVE this week.

Mr Busuioc won the hearts of the voting audience with his performance of "Nessun Dorma", made famous by late Italian operatic tenor singer Luciano Pavarotti during the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

According to the AFP, the Romanian arrived in Spain in 2006 alone while his wife and four children remained behind in Romania.

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Alicante 'rivals French Riviera'

Those taking flights to Alicante could be forgiven for thinking that they have arrived in the wrong country, according to one commentator.

Writing on Boston Now's travel blog, virtualtourist likens the Spanish holiday destination to the French Riviera in terms of its beaches.

Claiming that the area has "picturesque" sights, those looking to enjoy "authentic" Alicante are advised that Santa Cruz is Alicante's "most genuine area".

According to the blogger, its Mediterranean architecture and people speak volumes of traditional Spain.

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Brits 'spend £500 each on holidays'

Following the news from Marks & Spencer Money that the total amount of euros spent by UK consumers abroad has reached a peak since the currency's introduction in 2002, it has now been revealed that Brits spend an average £500 each when on holiday.

According to, Brits taking Spanish holidays should take steps to ensure they are not hit by charges on the amounts they spend when they take flights to Murcia and Alicante.

Foreign exchange fees and "hefty" transaction charges can often dint the wallets of those on Spanish holidays, it is claimed.

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Brits splash the cash on Spanish holidays

British travellers are spending increasing amounts of money when on luxury holidays in Spain, one commentator has noted.

According to Marks & Spencer Money, the total amount of euros spent by UK consumers abroad has reached the highest level since the introduction of the euro in 2002.

The financial services provider notes that almost £18 billion worth of euros have been spent by Britons on Spanish holidays and other breaks in Europe in the last six years.

Moreover, it looks like Spanish holidays will attract more cash splashing Brits in 2008, according to M&S Travel's money manager, Fraser Millar.

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Flights to Alicante 'to be popular' this Easter

Spanish holidays look set to be the trend this Easter, according to one budget airline.

Low-cost flight provider easyJet reports that Malaga and Alicante are favourite "hot spots" this Easter.

Those taking flights to Alicante can anticipate a warm breeze from the Mediterranean Sea, which makes the region a "perfect destination" for those on family holidays in Spain to "soak up that feel good factor".

"Passengers have a fantastic choice of destinations with easyJet this Easter.

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Andrew Lloyd-Webber invites friends on Spanish holiday

Successful British musical composer Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber is celebrating his milestone 60th birthday with a luxury holiday in Spain.

And joining him on his Spanish holidays will be a distinguished selection of family and friends, including wife Madeleine and a selection of West End stars.

Sir Andrew and guests are due to fly to the Spanish holiday island of Majorca for celebrations that are rumoured to have cost £5 million to organise - a claim disputed by the composer himself.

"If I was spending £5 million on the party as reported, I hope that I would be able to negotiate ownership of the jet and the hotel in the price," the Telegraph quoted Sir Andrew as quipping.

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Brits given advice on baggage

Britons travelling on Spanish holidays should seek advice from the local authority of the region they are travelling to before placing a lock on their luggage, it has been reported.

According to Travelfinders, it is important to bear in mind advice for the individual location holidaymakers are travelling to when choosing whether or not to place a lock on their checked-in baggage or not.

For example, a spokesperson for the company noted, those travelling to places in South Africa would be advised to keep locks on their cases.

However, in the United States "it's best not to lock your bags" as the authorities have the right to check them thoroughly and can even break locks in order to remove them.

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Spain is "most visited destination" and good value

Spanish holidays are still outweighing visits to other countries in terms of popularity, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mail, research from Teletext Holidays reveals that Spain is the most visited destination and continues to draw in customers willing to pay a little more for the privilege of sunning themselves on the country's golden beaches.

Research from Teletext showed Spain placed in the top-20 best value holidays and looks to remain popular in the future.

"The traditional holiday locations of the past 20-30 years will always remain popular but we hope that our World's Best Value Breaks Report will give holidaymakers insight and inspiration," commented Ash Makkar, marketing director of Teletext Holidays.

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Spanish spot is "vibrant metropolis"

A Spanish city has "reinvented itself" as a "vibrant metropolis", it has been reported.

According to Lonely Planet, Bilbao in the north of the country is becoming increasingly recognised as a Spanish holiday destination.

Lonely Planet claims to be the world's largest independently-owned travel guidebook publisher with over 500 staff and 300 authors.

"Those after something more cultural than beach resorts and slightly off the beaten track are tuning into Bilbao's charm," Korina Miller, commissioning editor for Spain and Portugal at Lonely Planet, said.

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