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Dance fans will transfer their attentions to the fun-loving Spanish island of Ibiza next week.

They will be jetting out from south-east English airports in their droves for the 18th edition of the Radio 1 in Ibiza weekend (August 2-4). Pete Tong heads the music icons bringing the station's listeners its legendary dance-fuelled weekend. It starts on Friday (August 2) as Radio 1 stages a huge free party for more than 7,000 people at Playa De'n Bossa’s amazing Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel.

The event, one of the hottest dates in the Ibiza calendar, will be hosted by and feature DJ sets from Radio 1’s dance music gurus B.Traits, Pete Tong, Benga and Danny Howard. There will also be amazing sets from some stunning guests from the dance music world. Radio 1 is at Cream @ Privilege on Saturday (August 3) for an exclusive bash. A four-hour live, specially extended, Essential Mix will include sets from Eric Prydz, Chase & Status (DJ Set), Pete Tong and Hardwell. Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea 79 kilometres (49 miles) off the coast of Valencia and is the third largest Balearic island. Ibiza Airport, 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) south-west of Ibiza Town, is the airport serving the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Formentera, used by 95% of all travellers who arrive at or depart from these islands.

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Dracula is coming back from the dead … as a tourism attraction.

For decades, Romanian tourism chiefs have asked holidaymakers to avert their gaze from the Gothic castles and ruins linked to the notorious vampire. But this is mainly due to hesitancy over promoting negative associations with the country, and Vlad the Impaler of the House of Draculesti, rather than fearing holidaymakers would be hypnotised. Romania hopes its decision to re-think and market Transylvania as a top tourist destination will hypnotise horror fans flying out from south-east England airports in a positive way. Bram Stoker penned his famous novel more than a century ago, but only now does the Romanian Federation of Tourism and Service Employers (FPTS) feel that the public are ready to embrace Dracula tourism.

Romania is home to the most important historical places linked to Vlad, such as the 14th century town of Sighisoara where visitors can see the house in which he was born. Other Dracula sites include: Bucharest's Old Princely Court (Palatul Curtea Veche), Snagov Monastery, where Vlad’s body is allegedly buried; the Poenari Fortress ruins (thought by many to be the authentic Dracula's Castle); Arefu village, where Dracula legends are still told, Brasov city, where Vlad led raids against the Saxons merchants, and Bran Castle, otherwise known as “Dracula's Castle”.

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British airport travellers are leading an increase in foreign visits to Spain.

The country greeted 5,800,000 international tourists in May, marking a 7.4% year-on-year rise. More than a quarter (27.1%) of them arrived from the UK, mainly from southern airports such as Heathrow. May also witnessed a 9.3% rise in UK visitors to Spain, compared to the same month last year.

Their favourite destination was the Balearic Islands, which welcomed nearly a third of all Spain-bound UK tourists, whose numbers rose 10.8% overall compared to 2012. Britain retains its standing as Spain’s biggest in-bound market, enjoying a cumulative year-on-year increase of 4.4% and accounting for more than a fifth (22%) of all overseas visitors. In the first five months of 2013, Spain has welcomed over 19.8 million international visitors - that's up 3.9% on the same period in 2012. Catalonia registered 1.5 million tourists (up 6.3%) in May for its sixteenth successive month of growth.

The Balearics followed narrowly behind, welcoming 1.4 million tourists (up 13.2%) in the same month, while Andalucía welcomed 781,000 tourists (up 5.7%) . From January to May, Spain benefited from more than 18 million euros (£15,592,680) in tourism income, accounting for a cumulative rise of 7.9% compared to the same five months in 2012. UK visitors make up the largest share of tourism expenditure with nearly a fifth (18.4%).

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Holidaymakers jetting out of Gatwick, Heathrow and other south-eastern airports to Ibiza, might find themselves wanting a change of scenery from the party island to visit Formentera, just 10 nautical miles away.

The small Mediterranean island of Formentera is as laid-back and tranquil as its sister island Ibiza can be full-on. Ibiza's main harbour is large, mooring countless yachts. These need somewhere to sail to, so they transfer into La Savina, the port of Formentera. Formentera is 12 miles long and eight miles wide - and provides a great day out. Tourists trickle in from the port by bus to Es Pujols, Formentera's solitary tourist resort. The island's sandy beaches are maintained in immaculate condition and you can see picturesque varaderos along the beachfront. These are traditional shelters constructed from driftwood by Balearic fishermen to store their boats. And while Ibiza is hilly, Formentera is mainly flat, and so perfect for walking and cycling, particularly on its labyrinth of old footpaths, several leading to deserted coves. The island's ambience has inspired musicians, including Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley and Eric Clapton, who have all played here. The island also boasts friendly locals.

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Airport visitors flying out of southern airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick can't board Dubai-bound planes quickly enough to sample the celebrity playground.

They go in search of all-year-round sun, sand and shopping - and the sands now hold even greater attraction for them. That's because Dubai has just taken a huge stride towards seaside ecotourism by joining the international Blue Flag program that guarantees conformity to stringent environmental standards. On the coast that contains some of Dubai's most stunning resorts, the Jumeriah and Mamzar beaches have just been certified to meet Blue Flag's international standards of water quality, safety and overall environmental management. Other beaches are awaiting the same certification.

Tourism in Dubai is rising healthily. Last year, the emirate welcomed 9.9 million international tourists, a 9% jump compared to 2011. Pascal Maigniez, head of its Department of Tourism, said Dubai's aim is to double the number of tourists by the end of the decade. They flock to giant shopping malls, such as the Al Ghurair Centre in Deira and the exclusive BurJaman Centre. On an equally lavish scale is the imposing Dubai skyline, which is dominated by the towering Burj Khalifa, at 828 metres (2,716ft) the world's tallest building.

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