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Irish 'love' holidays in Spain

The number of Brits heading overseas may have dropped slightly this year, but the Irish are making up for it, it has been revealed.

Figures released by Malaga Airport last week show that the number of Irish travellers taking holidays in Spain is on the rise.

The number of Irish holidaymakers arriving during the month of January was up 7.2 per cent on the previous year, with 13,288 arrivals, Typically Spanish reports.

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EasyJet to work with Alzheimer's Society

Budget airline easyJet has chosen the Alzheimer's Society as its new charity partner.

The carrier, which offers regular flights to Spain, will sell scratch cards and carry out onboard collections to help raise money for the charity.

According to easyJet, talks are already being held on how the airline and charity can work together to reach their targets and generate even more cash for those in need.

Andy Harrison, chief executive of easyJet, said he was sure that the airline's passengers would support this worthy cause.

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Nadal 'destined for Benidorm'

Tennis ace Rafa Nadal will arrive in the Spanish resort of Benidorm this week, ahead of Spain's forthcoming Davis Cup clash against Serbia.

According to the Benidorm Spotlight, Nadal is due to arrive on Friday to begin is preparations for the tournament which takes place from March 6th to 8th.

The event will take place in a specially designed stadium at Terra Mitica and, according to the newspaper, more than 14,000 tickets have been snapped up by tennis fans.

Nadal is said to be recovering from a recent knee injury and pulled out of a recent competition in Dubai in order to prepare for Benidorm.

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Jet2 urges buskers to 'play summer songs'

Budget airline Jet2 claims it has come up with an ingenious way to encourage Brits to take more holidays in Spain and other sunny destinations.

The airline is sponsoring buskers across the country to ditch their usual playlist in favour of some feel-good summer songs.

In a recent poll carried out by Jet2, almost one in five people named Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys as the song most likely to get them in the mood for a holiday.

Richard Bodin, the airline's managing director, said Jet2 wanted to do its bit and inject some holiday spirit into the British public.

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Plan your holiday and 'save money'

Brits can save hundreds of pounds on their next holiday in Spain with a little careful planning, it has been suggested,

According to aito.com, the website for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, most people agree that holidays are a necessity and are not willing to give them up, despite the credit crunch.

First things first, according to spokesperson Sue Ockwell, holidaymakers can ensure peace of mind by booking with a company that offers 100 per cent protection.

Taking a holiday in Spain during the months of May and June is also recommended for those looking to make savings this summer.

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Travel insurance is a 'must' for holidays in Spain

Brits heading to the sunny Costa Blanca this year should pack their travel insurance policy, as well as their sun lotion, it has been claimed.

Writing on aito.com, Sue Ockwell, a spokesperson for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, said that travel insurance is a must for those heading overseas this year.

Failing to take out adequate protection could leave travellers with a hefty medical bill and repatriation costs.

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Spain's beaches to get 'new sand'

Those taking holidays in Spain this summer can enjoy the feeling on "new" sand between their toes.

Authorities in the Costa del Sol are planning to rebuild the area's beaches with new sand in time for the Easter holidays.

According to Typically Spanish, as part of the first phase of improvements, beaches including those in Marbella, Estepona and Malaga will be covered with new sand.

A further 20 beaches in the area will also be improved before summer and the second phase is expected to be completed by June.

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Art lovers flock to Marbella

Brits taking holidays in Spain this summer can soak up some culture at the annual Festival of International Art in Marbella.

Kicking off on June 19th, the three-day event will feature the work of artists, photographers, sculptors and designers from across Europe, Typically Spanish reports.

"Artists will display their work in individual white tents and the street festival is expected to draw artists and public from far and wide," the website said.

The festival also aims to support Marbella's artistic community and provide them with somewhere to showcase their talents.

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'Shop around' for the best currency exchange deals

The pound may have dropped in strength against the dollar and euro over the last year, but there are still good deals to be had with a little shopping around.

Buying currency at the airport is a big no no – unless you want to pay over the odds.

According to flight comparison site cheapflights.co.

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Ryanair delivers 'best customer service'

Budget carrier Ryanair claims that despite its low fares, it manages to deliver the best customer service in Europe.

Figures from January revealed that 89 per cent of the airline's 31,000 flights were on time last month.

The carrier also revealed that it received less than one complaint per 100 passengers.

"Ryanair is the No.

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