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Take a tennis holiday at La Manga Club

Those looking to escape the dreary British weather and spend some time outdoors may wish to consider a tennis holiday at La Manga Club.

With 28 multi-surface tennis courts, including four hard courts, La Manga is one of the best tennis resorts in Europe.

As well as playing tennis for fun, holidaymakers can improve their skills by attending La Manga's tennis academy, which offers on-court coaching and in-depth video analysis.

Whether you are a child, a beginner or an aspiring professional, the team at La Manga can help you to improve your game.

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Holidaymakers plan to book 'late deals'

Over half of British people plan to book at the last minute for their next holiday to Spain, according to new research.

A study carried out by marketing agency BLM Horizon revealed that 54 per cent of Brits are waiting until April or May to book their next break.

The number of people looking to make late bookings is up 14 per cent on last year, TravelMole reports.

Chris Armond, BLM Horizon business director, commented: "Travel companies that offer protection and inclusive deals may benefit at the expense of those who don't.

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Short breaks 'on the up'

The number of people taking short holidays in Spain and other European destinations is on the increase, new research has revealed.

According to hotels.com, short break searches are up 29 per cent on last year, suggesting that despite the credit crunch, Brits are still keen to travel overseas.

Alison Couper, communications director for the website, said that the majority of people consider holidays as a necessity, rather than a luxury.

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'Keep the kids entertained' at La Manga

Families looking to escape to warmer climes during the Easter holidays may wish to consider a trip to La Manga Club in Spain.

The resort is ideal for families and caters for children of all ages – from babies to teenagers.

La Manga boasts a range of child-friendly facilities, with a children's playground, crazy golf course and several swimming pools.

Children can also brush up on their tennis and golf skills – and make new friends – by taking lessons and courses at the resort.

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Benidorm filming to commence next month

Those taking holidays to Spain may spot some famous faces around the Costa Blanca area from next month, as filming begins on the third series of the hit ITV show Benidorm.

Produced by Tiger Aspect, the programme tells of the trials and tribulations of British holidaymakers staying at the all-inclusive Solana hotel.

According to the Benidorm Spotlight, the new series will offer more than sun, sea and sangria, with producers planning to show the resort's old town and areas such as El Campello and Callosa.

The comedy, which stars comedian Johnny Vegas, has been credited with giving the resort a tourism boost and local businesses are reportedly pleased that filming will continue this year.

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Flybe sees 'record flight activity'

Budget airline Flybe last week saw record numbers of people visit its website.

Despite the credit crunch, it seems that demand for flights to Spain and other destinations is as high as ever.

The airline recently launched a ten-day sale knocking up to 50 per cent off certain routes.

Mike Rutter, Flybe's chief commercial officer, commented: "People want and need to travel, not only for leisure but also to hunt down and maintain valuable business and they also want the security of booking and travelling with an airline they trust, that has been investing in their regions for years and that also offers value for money.

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Newcastle to twin with Alicante?

Budget airline easyJet has joined forces with a number of celebrities in calling for Newcastle to be officially twinned with Alicante.

According to Journal Live, Alicante is the most popular destination for holidaymakers from Newcastle and easyJet claims it is fitting to twin the two cities.

"We think Alicante would be a fantastic choice as, like Newcastle, it has recreated itself over recent years to become a busy, cosmopolitan city with an exciting and multi-faceted cultural scene," said Carly Brear, easyJet's UK commercial manager.

Furthermore, she suggested that the partnership could strengthen tourism links between the two destinations and encourage more people to take holidays in Spain.

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Bmibaby increases flights to Spain

Budget airline bmibaby is increasing the number of flights to Spain that it operates.

Despite the economic doom and gloom, good-value holidays in Spain are still popular and the airline will begin operating more flights from the Midlands, Birmingham and Manchester this summer.

Crawford Rix, managing director of the airline, said he has seen a strong demand for traditional summer sun destinations.

"The extra capacity will also make bmibaby the largest low cost carrier flying from the Midlands to the Mediterranean and our great low fares mean that people can still afford to get away for a holiday this year," he commented.

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Kids want 'great swimming pools'

When it comes to holidays, nothing is more important to children than a good swimming pool, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by First Choice found that 92 per cent of kids take a dip in the pool every single day they are on holiday.

Further results show that 46 per cent of children spend "nearly all" of their holiday in the pool, with 50 per cent saying it is the most important part of their break.

Unsurprisingly, parents cited good value, reputation and comfortable accommodation as the most important part of their holiday.

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Half of Brits support Heathrow expansion

Almost half of Brits are in support of the controversial Heathrow expansion plans, it has been revealed.

A survey commissioned by Holiday Extras found that 49.5 per cent of people are eager to see the construction of a third runway and believe it will provide a vital boost for the country's economy.

Mike Whiting, managing editor at Holiday Extras, said that given the recent media attention and protests, it was surprising to see that so many travellers are in support of the expansion.

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