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Interests: travel

I haven't worked out the exact figure but I would estimate that nine out of ten British CVs that include interests at the end, give travel as one of them. Whether by travel people refer to a backpacking trip around the world or a train ride to Skegness once a year, it's an interest included to impress a potential employer. A person who travels is, at least according to CV writing advisors, more open-minded, cultured, interesting and adventurous. Does that make, therefore, anyone who would rather not move far from home, narrow-minded, uncultured, boring and cowardly? Of course not, but it's an easy interest to add just in case a potential employer might think so.

The World Travel Market in London this week concentrated a whole world of travel opportunities all under one roof. Destinations around the world were vying for the chance to help British people, among the world's greatest travellers, live up to their CV claims to be well travelled.

Of course southern Spain includes itself among the holiday destinations that enrich the lives and minds of their visitors. City breaks are a growing trend and Andalucía's provincial capitals certainly offer plenty of culture to soak up, in the form of history, monuments, music, gastronomy, etc.

On the other hand some might say that a holiday on the beach on the Costa del Sol does not count as CV-enhancing travel. But with its miles of coastline and sunny climate, as well as stunning countryside, Andalucía can offer tourists the chance to achieve something that will increase their value to employers far more than a photo in front of a cathedral: the chance to relax, switch off and go home refreshed. Or perhaps even for some - party hard, switch off and go home tired but refreshed.

The Spanish government said this week that it had to take care of this country's tourism industry's main assets - its coastline, beaches and fine weather. Sun, sea and sand has always been the winning combination that has brought millions of visitors to Andalucía and the rest of the country over decades.

British people in search of a break, with or without CV-enhancing culture, continue to choose Andalucía and the Costa del Sol. The interest shown this week by tour operators proves that this is unlikely to change, and Brexit is not going to interfere with the British public's search for sunshine, and their love of the Costa del Sol.

This year's hot summer in the UK, if repeated regularly enough, which is unlikely, may keep some of the country's sunseekers in Skegness, rather than Torremolinos. Prices may send some holidaymakers to rival destinations, and the industry in Andalucía is right to show concern.

The other cheaper countries, however, can't boast the same level of tourist loyalty that Andalucía enjoys.

Everyone can put travel among their personal interests on their CV, but "love of southern Spain" would be even more impressive.