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Abta: Holidays in Spain are still on the cards

Cutting back on holidays is not an option for most people, despite the credit crunch.

That is the opinion of the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), which suggested that even amid the economic downturn, British consumers will continue to travel.

People would rather cut back on new sofas and cars than give up their annual two weeks in the sun.

Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for Abta, said there have been reports suggesting that almost 90 per cent of people would rather give up something else before their holidays in Spain and other destinations.

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Brits warned to 'check passports'

British travellers have been warned to check that their passports are valid before taking holidays in Spain and other overseas destinations.

The warning comes after a recent poll by travelsupermarket.com found that one in ten Brits do not know if their passports are valid.

Peter Smith, head of flights at travelsupermarket.

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Enjoy golf holidays at La Manga Club

The Andalucia region of Spain was recently named as Europe's best golf destination and with resorts such as La Manga Club, it's little wonder.

La Manga is home to three championship golf courses, as well as an impressive range of practice facilities and with the gloomy weather set to continue at home, it's the ideal place to work on your technique and soak up some sunshine.

Countless international tournaments have been held at the resort and it is widely regarded to be one of the best in Europe.

Those looking to develop their skills will find expert coaching on offer at La Manga's Golf Academy, with instructors combining state-of-the-art video analysis with traditional teaching methods.

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Holidays in Spain offer 'great value'

Holidays in Spain are an ideal option for families looking to get away during the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

Independent travel expert Simon Calder said that despite recent currency fluctuations, holidays in Spain will continue to represent good value for money for British travellers.

Furthermore, there are some great deals to be had, with several airlines, such as easyJet, slashing fares on their flights to Spain.

"Spain is going to retain its position as our absolute favourite country because the pound has been down in relation to the euro; it doesn't mean we are going to turn our back to it," Mr Calder added.

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People need 'sunticipation'

British people are more productive at work if they have a holiday in Spain to look forward to, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), people are likely to work harder if they have something to motivate them.

Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for the organisation, said British people value their holidays over a lot of other things in their lives and are not likely to give them up, despite the economic downturn.

"We know that people work very hard and we have the highest number of working hours in Europe.

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Ryanair enjoys 'record sales'

Budget airline Ryanair has enjoyed a record week of sales, with over 1.5 million seats snapped up between January 9th and 15th.

The airline also recorded its best-ever one-day sales, with 350,000 passengers bought flights to Spain and other destinations on Monday.

Earlier this week the airline announced plans to expand its presence at Edinburgh, Bristol and Alicante Airport, meaning that even more flights to Spain could be on the cards.

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Holidaymakers urged to 'buy insurance early'

Those booking their holidays early this year have been urged to buy insurance as soon as possible, in order to protect against changes in circumstances such as redundancy.

According to esure, around 200,000 people per day are booking holidays in Spain and other popular destinations.

Mike Pickard, head of travel insurance at esure, said millions of Brits are booking early to secure bargain deals.

"At a time when pennies are being counted more than ever, it's important that Brits don't feel rushed into making a booking because of the price tag and do their homework beforehand," he added.

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Shape up at La Manga Club

The season of over-indulgence is well and truly over now and it's time to shape up and get fit for 2009.

That may be easier said than done; however, guests at La Manga Club will find plenty of sports and leisure activities on offer to give them a helping hand.

Home to three championship golf courses, 28 multi-surface tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, La Manga Club has everything you need to get into shape.

Meanwhile, those looking to detox in a more relaxing fashion can head over to Spa La Manga Club, where all manner of sumptuous treatments are on offer, with everything from body wraps to deep tissue massages.

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Brits plan holidays in Spain

The euro may still be riding high against the pound, but that hasn't stopped Brits from planning their holidays in Spain and other popular destinations.

In a survey carried out by Travelex, 45 per cent of respondents said they are planning to holiday in the eurozone this year.

Just 17 per cent of people said they are planning to stay in the UK and brave the chilly weather.

Trevor Davis, head of retail distribution at the Co-operative Travel, said that despite the credit crunch, people are keen to travel.

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Abta welcomes Heathrow announcement

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has welcomed the government's decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow is currently operating at 99 per cent capacity, meaning that future growth relies on the expansion.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said the new runway would help to address the problems faced by the airport.

"Currently the skies above Heathrow are often full of aircraft circling in "stacks" waiting for a landing slot to become available.

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