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Airport invests in new facilities

Britons travelling on flights to Spain via Southampton Airport can look forward to a speedier check-in thanks to recent investments.

Just the Flight reports that new check-in desks and self-service kiosks have been installed as part of a £3 million refit.

Holidaymakers will even be able to check-in before they enter the building via two check-in kiosks situated in the short-stay car park.

"The installation of 13 new check-in facilities will benefit the time-conscious passenger by providing additional choice for check-in," director of planning and development at Southampton Airport Dave Lees observed.

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Spanish holidays: Popular since the 80s

Spanish holidays have enjoyed favour with travellers the world over for decades and in particular since the 1980s, when Spain was the most popular country in Europe, it has been reported.

According to the institution of international tourism in Spain known as FRONTUR, a growth of 3.3 per cent in tourism was recorded on 2007 so far this year.

Research by FRONTUR also shows that Barcelona is the most popular destination among those taking holidays in Spain.

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Tennis training in La Manga

As the annual build up to Wimbledon begins in the UK and excitement mounts in regards to British hopefuls, only one thing can be guaranteed - the likelihood of rain delays.

While Wimbledon may be one of the greatest tennis tournaments in the world, matches are often held up and disrupted due to rain delays.

As tennis fever sweeps the nation again, an ideal break this summer for adults and children looking to hone their backhand skills is La Manga Club in Spain.

La Manga benefits from in excess of 2,800 hours of sunshine annually, this works out at more than 300 days.

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La Manga Club is 'top teen activity destination'

La Manga Club has been named in a list of the top ten summer breaks for Britons looking to keep their teenagers entertained while abroad.

According to the Telegraph, teenagers taking family holidays to Spain and elsewhere need "options" and activities.

As such, La Manga Club is named as a resort village in which families can take sporting holidays.

The publication reports that La Manga offers golf and tennis activities and also boasts its own restaurants and bars.

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No fear on flights to Spain

Individuals who would love to take a holiday in Spain but are too nervous of air travel to take the necessary flight to Murcia or Alicante may soon be able to conquer their fear of flying from the comfort of their own sofa.

Virgin Atlantic Airways has brought out its own book following the success of its Flying Without Fear courses.

The book - called –101 of your questions answered - includes information from a cabin crew safety trainer as well as tips from experts in the field of aviation.

Psychological tools are also included in the hope of helping to combat people's fear of flight.

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Climate change 'not putting Brits off Spanish holidays'

British consumers are failing to be put off travelling abroad on their holidays over a concern for the environment, it has been reported.

According to research from YouGov and Celtic Castle, only one per cent of Brits claimed to have consideration for the impact their actions will have on the environment when booking a holiday.

The survey also showed that money is the main decisive factor for 43 per cent of holiday pickers.

Roger Masterson founder of Celtic Castles stated: "There is no doubt that most consider quality, affordability and culture to be important when booking their break.

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Fewer jellies to worry about on Spanish holidays this summer

Families planning on taking flights to Murcia for Spanish holidays this summer should be thankful for recent spring showers on the Spanish coastline.

Typically Spanish reports that the recent rainfall will help to keep banks of jellyfish further from shore this summer, according to the Sciences of the Sea Institute.

Dacha Atienza from the Sciences of the Sea Institute reportedly told the El Mundo newspaper that rain works to reduce the saline content and "density" of the water nearest to the beach.

This then becomes a type of "physical barrier" which keeps the jellyfish away from swimmers enjoying their Spanish holiday.

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Spanish holidays for fuel crisis-hit Brits

This summer, Brits looking to escape the UK and its burgeoning fuel crisis in their cars may wish to consider a motoring holiday in Spain.

According to Post Office, Spain is the best value destination for UK holidaymakers in Europe.

The report names Spain as best value for diesel and also for car hire. Post Office also claims that its price of £1 per litre makes Spanish holidays the cheapest in the eurozone in terms of unleaded petrol.

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Take care on golf holidays in Spain

Britons enjoying a golfing break in Spain may wish to take extra care on the links after an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported that the number of golfing injuries is on the rise.

And, the cause of these injuries is related to golf carts - and the fact that they have become increasingly powerful and speedy in recent years.

According to the study, the injury rate for golf buggy-related injuries grew by more than 130 per cent between 1990 and 2006.

However, investigator Lara B McKenzie hopes that steps can be taken to reduce the chance of injury.

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Personality clash 'main reason' for holiday bust-ups

A clash of personalities is one of the main reasons for friends to fall out while on holiday, it has been reported.

According to research from Travelodge, one in five Britons claims to have experienced an unpleasant confrontation with a friend while abroad.

For seven per cent of holidaymakers, the problems were so severe that they ended their holiday within the first few days.

The research showed that 69 per cent of Britons take a holiday with friends once a year which beach holidays being the most popular type of break.

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