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Mr Nice movie to be shot in Benidorm

Those taking holidays in Spain this year may see some famous faces around the Benidorm area.

Mr Nice, a film based on the activities on Welsh smuggler Howard Marks is to be shot in Benidorm and Altea.

According to the Benidorm Spotlight, Marks earned the nickname Mr Nice due to his reluctance to use violence in his dealings.

Marks will be played by Notting Hill actor Rhys Ifans and auditions are reportedly taking place for extras in Benidorm at the Casa de Fester this weekend.

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Amy Winehouse splashes out on holiday spa treatments

British singer Amy Winehouse appears to have given up her partying ways in favour of relaxing facials and massages.

The singer is said to have spent more than £6,000 on spa treatments during a recent holiday in the Caribbean, the Mirror reports.

Hotel manager Andrew Barnard told the newspaper that the singer had been on a detoxifying exercise and healthy eating programme.

"When you eat a lot of fresh food your body changes.

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London City Airport scoops prestigious award

London City Airport has been named as the 'top' UK airport by the readers of travel publication Wanderlust.

The airport, which handles around 3.3 million passengers annually, was presented with the award last week by Wanderlust's editor-in-chief, Lyn Hughes.

Rupa Haria, PR manager at the airport, commented: "The team at London City Airport is dedicated to providing the best possible passenger experience and Wanderlust readers have demonstrated their commitment to the airport by voting for us.

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Brits 'long for upgrades'

Almost half of British holidaymakers would like to upgrade their travel plans, a new survey has revealed.

Research carried out by travel add-on provider Holiday Extras found that if holidaymakers could change anything they would stay in more luxurious surroundings.

Further results show that if money were no object, 42 per cent of people would change their holiday plans completely and head to a more exotic destination.

However, just seven per cent of people said they would like to improve their holiday by upgrading their partner.

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Airline offers massages to help tourists relax

Holidaymakers getting on board flights to Spain may find they have a relaxing trip as one company is offering a new detox service.

Low cost airline bmibaby is trialling the new idea on selected flights to the popular tourist destination and will offer free massages and life coaching, Holiday Extra reports.

This will include head and hand massages and it is thought that these could help to relax those who are nervous flyers.

Crawford Rix, managing director of bmibaby, said: "The onboard detox zone will give passengers the chance to start their trip feeling relaxed and ready to reap the benefits of a break away.

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Brits advised to ask about environmental impact of holidays

Many holidaymakers renting an apartment in Spain may not have enough information about how to make their trip socially or environmentally responsible, it has been claimed.

Responsibletravel.com suggests that tourists should ask their tour operators and travel agents about their responsible tourism holidays and find out as much as they can when going on a break.

However, it is not only down to the tourists, as the organisations also have a duty to inform travellers, many of whom are asking for more information, the website states.

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'Be adventurous' to save money while on holiday

When dining out or hiring a car in Spain, Brits on holiday to somewhere such as Alicante may want take the time to look around before making their purchase.

According to Hotels.com, wandering down the side streets and away from the busy market squares of tourist traps can often save holidaymakers some money.

Cordy Griffiths, PR manager at the website, also claims that it is worth being a little more adventurous if people want to make their money go further while many could be worrying about cash.

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Holidaymakers urged to 'contact banks' before leaving

Those taking holidays in Spain and other overseas destinations have been urged to contact their bank before leaving.

According to price comparison site moneysupermarket.com, one in nine holidaymakers have seen their transactions declined abroad.

Banks are keen to avoid paying out compensation and will cancel any cards that they suspect are being used fraudulently.

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Sterling rally 'will continue'

Yesterday's decision to cut interest rates to a record low of one per cent will not have a negative impact on sterling, it has been claimed.

Marc Cogliatti, a specialist at foreign exchange firm HiFX, said that sterling has now risen by 12 per cent against the euro since the start of the year.

In news that will no doubt be welcomed by those planning holidays in Spain, Mr Cogliatti predicts that the value of the pound will continue to rise in the long-term.

"The pound is still looking oversold and undervalued so we anticipate that the current correction will continue further before it runs out of steam.

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All-inclusive holidays 'on the increase'

An increasing number of Brits are choosing all-inclusive holidays in a bid to save money, it has been revealed.

Figures from Ascent-MI's Leisure Travel Monitor show that more than a quarter of bookings made during the month of January were for all-inclusive breaks.

Research also found that people are finding better deals online and over the phone than in high-street travel agent shops, Travel Weekly reports.

Furthermore, figures suggest that although Brits are shopping around for better deals, many people are not trading down, with sales of holidays between £1,000 and £1,599 showing an increase.

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