Going to Spain this Year?

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We have had a love affair with Spain for decades. It is our most popular overseas destination so much so that for years, the holiday in Spain has been parodied by the Carry On team, a soap was set there and at least two comedy series. So for nearly 40 years, Spain has played a big part in our holiday plans. So much so that there are a lot of us have holiday homes there, partly helped by the no-frills airlines who gave us cheap flights to an array of destinations. Nearly 25% of all tourists to Spain are from the UK.
The appeal was almost guaranteed sunshine, beaches and inexpensive food and shopping. It seemed Spain would always appeal. But holiday homeowners and those who moved there have been hit by the property downturn and potential holidaymakers have been hit by the fall of the pound against the euro.
Last year it had a downturn in British tourists.
This year?
Numbers booking holidays there are down due to the euro and the general economic climate. But there is a returning optimism and British holidaymakers are booking later and later. Will Spain manage to encourage us to go there?
The Spanish Tourist Office is supporting a lot of travel trade events in the hope the trade will persuade us, the holidaymaker that it is still good value, has lots to attract us and has dependable weather.
In this year when many of us are thinking of holidaying at home and when a good hot summer is forecast, will the Spanish be able to persuade us? Well my aunt is going for one. But she has had a holiday flat there for twenty years.

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