Spain 'still popular' among British holidaymakers

Over 50s looking to Spain for an exotic summer holiday are not letting the recession get in the way of their travel plans, according to an expert.

Carmen Hernandez, market analyst for the Spanish Tourist Office in London, claims that Spain remains a popular destination among British holidaymakers despite the strong euro and reduced travel capacities.

Statistics released earlier this week to e-tid by the tourist office showed that travel to Spain was down by as much as 30 per cent among larger tour operators due to capacity cuts.

However, Ms Hernandez maintained that the country is retaining its popularity despite these limitations.

She said: "Spain is performing really well, considering these capacity cuts - if there are fewer airline seats there is no way the number of passengers can increase."

Ms Hernandez added that certain areas are increasing in popularity, with arrivals to areas such as the cities and inland on the rise.

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