STAFF REPORTER

MADRID
SPANISH holidaymakers are taking “city break” trips this year when they celebrate a “long weekend” between 6th and 9th December, with Palma chosen as one of their top choice destinations.

The Spanish have two annual national public holidays close to one another - the 6th and 8th December - an occasion on which people often “bridge” the two dates to make a long weekend. With many Spaniards preferring to travel within their own country, on-line travel agency Viajar.com revealed yesterday that 7.9 percent of holidaymakers across Spain are heading for Palma. The Balearics is in second place after Madrid (16.9%) as the nation's “city break” choice, with the Canary Islands lying third (5.7%). The agency showed that there has been a rise in what it referred to as “combined” bookings where people would go onto the internet to book flights and a hotel at the same time. Viajar.com asserted, however, that there was still a significant lead in demands for “flights only.” The agency also showed that people are booking noticeably earlier, an average of 44 days prior to the holiday journey, an advance of 18 percent on the same time last year. The internet is no longer used solely for “last-minute” bookings.

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