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Vueling, the popular Spanish airline for Welsh travellers, has announced a further increase in capacity on all of its services from Cardiff for summer 2017, due to increased demand and consistent passenger growth at Wales’ national airport.


190,812 seats are now on sale on flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma Majorca between April and October – representing an increase of 16% compared to summer 2016. These flights will follow the winter 2016 schedule which is currently offering flights to Alicante and Malaga.

The popularity of Vueling’s routes from Cardiff has also resulted in the addition of special rugby flights to Rome and Paris Orly in February and March next year respectively, so Welsh rugby fans can see Wales play against France and Italy in the RBS 6 Nations 2017, flights are available to book now.

Destinations such as Barcelona offer the perfect city break while also being the gateway to the Costa Brava, Majorca is a stunning holiday island and Alicante and Malaga serve popular holiday resorts such as the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical.

Passengers can also reach even more destinations in southern Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands or Africa thanks to Vueling´s connecting flights at the Barcelona hub.

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: “We welcome Vueling’s decision to increase flights from Cardiff again this summer and view this boost in capacity as a direct response to the increased demand from Welsh passengers to fly to popular Spanish destinations from Wales’ national Airport, a fact which has also been reflected in our recent passenger growth.

“The airline has been flying passengers to and from Cardiff since 2012 and in that time we’ve seen the routes go from strength to strength. We look forward to a continued successful relationship with the airline which will, in turn, lead to more choice for both Welsh passengers and visitors to Wales.”

Avios points scheme – Vueling and British Airways recently announced its own agreement under which British Airways can now apply its flight codes to a number of Vueling’s flights, and Welsh passengers can benefit from the Avios points system in the same way when they book on BA’s website.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Los Arqueros Golf Club in Malaga, Taylor Wimpey España is organising and sponsoring a golf championship day, followed by a paella inspired lunch.

The event is available to all clients, friends and family, with over 200 guests expected to attend. It will take place on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at the Los Arqueros Golf Club and all proceeds will go to the charity of their choice.

The local charity that has been chosen is Caritas Marbella, an organisation dedicated to supporting and making life easier for the most disadvantaged families in the area.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, comments,

“We are honoured to be able to plan such an event and to celebrate such a wonderful community cause. Caritas is an extremely worthy charity supporting local residents in the area and we hope many can join us in order to raise as much money as possible!

“As well as championing the local community, here at Taylor Wimpey España we are keen to protect the beautiful Spanish landscape. Our new Botanic residence, situated in close proximity to the Los Arqueros Golf Club, has been specifically designed with the environment in mind. It holds a ‘B’ energy certificate with each home benefitting from solar panels, high quality thermal insulation and sound-proofing.”

Botanic residents can purchase their dream holiday home with amazing panoramic views whilst helping care for the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. With a privileged south-facing position and on high ground that provides amazing panoramic views of the Los Arqueros Golf course, the sea and the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

The lavish yet eco-friendly homes with minimal energy consumption are fully equipped with high quality finishes. Cream coloured marble throughout, wide patio doors to the terrace, top of the range kitchen appliances and sanitary fittings, LED lighting, air conditioning and heated flooring in bathrooms, are all included as standard.

With prices from just €375,000 +VAT, it is an extremely well connected location with amenities on offer in Benahavis, Marbella, Puerto Banús or the new San Pedro Boulevard are all within close proximity. Botanic is a place of residence where serenity and tranquility reign although the best in leisure experiences and activities in Marbella are available within a radius of just 5km.

The development itself comprises 92 bright and spacious 3 bedroom homes with large terraces, all of which are southwest facing. The 4 storey buildings are crowned by spacious penthouses of modern design with spectacular solariums from which you can enjoy the views from dawn to dusk.

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://taylorwimpeyspain.com for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

It seems Spain is still a firm favourite with holidaymakers from around the globe, with the beautiful Costa Blanca continuing to attract a wealth of visitors. The most recent figures released by the Central Statistics Unit show that the amount spent in the region of Valencia, by visitors from overseas, is calculated to have been an impressive 785 million euros. This is an increase of 17.6% in comparison to the same month last year.


The rise in spending throughout the Comunidad Valenciana (Valencia Region) could partly be due to tourists deciding to stay longer in comparison to 2015, 6.7% longer in September alone. And as many visitors extend their trips to sunny Spain, a growing number of them are deciding on a more permanent purchase.

Leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España have certainly experienced an influx of interest for the Costa Blanca region and have this week launched their newest phase of development at the Brisas de Alenda Golf residential complex in Elche, Alicante.

This private complex of beautiful 3 bedroom townhouses combines the tranquil area of the neighbouring Alenda Golf Course with the more lively beachfront nightlife easily accessible in nearby Alicante. It boasts generous private gardens, a communal swimming pool and a club house as well as a gym, bar and restaurant with prices from just €145,000+VAT.


Excited to unveil this latest phase of development, Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, comments,
“Not only are more people visiting Spain but many are now being wooed by its charm and staying longer than before. The Costa Blanca continues to be an extremely popular area for prospective buyers, with many making a number of visits before final decisions are made on property.”

However it’s not just the sun, sea and sangria that is appealing to overseas buyers, the Costa Blanca’s first class golfing facilities are the perfect setting for all those keen to tee off as often as possible. The Alenda Golf Course, next to the Brisas de Alenda Golf development, was recommended for the Golfers’ Choice leading golf courses award for 2016, offering golfers a picturesque 18 holes with a par of 72.

Marc continues,

“We are thrilled to launch a new phase of development at Brisas de Alenda Golf as demand for the region continues to grow, and look forward to welcoming new residents to the site.”


All the Brisas de Alenda townhouses have fully-furnished kitchens, equipped with a vitro-ceramic hob, extractor hood and oven as well as air-conditioning with pre-installation of heat pump, and fitted out wardrobes. Each property is split across 2 storeys with 2 bathrooms and 1 additional toilet, as well as a terrace, private garden area and parking place.

Perfect for all day dining, the terraces are either surrounded by the spectacular Sierra de las Aguilas Mountains, or the stunning view over the golf course. Within the Alenda Golf complex residents will have access to a small supermarket, restaurant and bar, clubhouse, fitness centre and paddle tennis courts. Due to its prime location, it is just 15 minutes from the golden beaches of Alicante, Alicante Airport and the town of Elche.

For more information about investing in a beautiful Spanish property, contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call +34 971 70 69 72.

The impact of Brexit and the plunging pound has yet to deter British visitors from booking holidays to Spain this year.


The destination is set to break another record for overall international arrivals in 2016 with 74 million holidaymakers due to visit Spain by year end – a 9% rise on 2015, which was also a record year with 68 million total arrivals.

The UK market has even outperformed this overall rise, with an estimated 17 million Britons visiting Spain, representing an 11% increase on 2015’s figures.

Talking exclusively to TTG at WTM London, Spain’s tourism minister Isabel Borrego said: “We are on course for a new record for international arrivals and expect to receive 74 million tourists this year – around 1.3 million of this extra 6 million were from the UK.

“The winter season is looking very promising with capacity from the UK up by 21.7% – that’s another 1.6 million seats from the UK. Package bookings for the winter season are up by 33% – we’ve never seen these sorts of figures before.”

Borrego added that there had been “no impact” on bookings and arrivals since the Brexit referendum vote in June.

“The forecast for winter and next summer for bookings is very positive,” she said. “The fall in the pound has had a small impact but it’s been less than 1% of daily expenditure as a direct consequence of people having less money in their pockets in euros. There’s been no impact so far, but in the longer term, it’s hard to say.”

After another record-breaking year, Spain has set out three main objectives for 2017 and beyond: to increase profitability, extend the holiday season and spread tourism around more regions.

“We are not so concerned about volume and arrivals, we want to focus on increasing average expenditure both on a daily and per trip basis,” added Borrego.

“We are already growing the shoulder season. In the winter, more and more sun and beach destinations are extending their summer seasons – something we have been after for many years.

“We also want to spread tourism more evenly. It is currently concentrated around the coastline and islands for sun and beach, which is our bread and butter. We want more product diversification such as cultural and gastronomy.”

Borrego identified several regions where the Spanish government wants to grow tourism including the capital Madrid, Extremadura in the central plateau, Galicia in the north-west and Murcia on the south-eastern coast.

Spain also wants to concentrate on attracting visitors from emerging markets in Asia and is set to benefit from new flights to Spain from China, Tokyo, South Korea and New Delhi.

“Asian visitors have higher spend, travel in the off-season and are not interested in the sun and beach, which perfectly aligns with our strategy because it’s complementary to our other markets,” added Borrego. “Our goal is to become the global destination.”

Spain is also trying to increase visitors from Latin America through moves such as lifting visa requirements for Colombian holidaymakers.

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