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Yorkshire youngsters plot La Manga Club golf victory

La Manga Club might be the setting for many a golf holiday in Spain, but for six youngsters in Yorkshire, relaxation will be far from their minds when they take to the famous fairways next month.

The junior members at Willow Valley Golf will be taking part in the Junior Team Home Nations Championship at La Manga Club between December 17th and 22nd and are preparing themselves for a battle, Today's Golfer reports.

"We might be underdogs due to our higher handicaps, but we have already defied the odds by beating some established clubs in the nationals," said Chris Nuttall, junior organiser at Willow Valley.

The tournament at La Manga Club is one of the most prestigious for the under-18 age group, with Sky Sports cameras set to be beaming the action into the homes of UK viewers.

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Luton named top airport for passenger growth

London Luton has been named as the UK's top airport for passenger growth over the last year.

The airport, which operates flights to Spain and other popular holiday destinations, saw a 6.5 per cent increase in passengers between January and September 2008, compared to the previous year.

According to airport officials, the growth has been spurred by the introduction of several new routes.

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Holiday bookings look "robust"

Despite the current economic climate, holiday bookings for the coming year are looking "robust", one travel expert has claimed.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, travel editor Frank Barrett described the British as "determined travellers" and said it was unlikely that people would willingly sacrifice their hard-earned holidays.

"Bookings for next summer remain reasonably robust under the circumstances - there is so far little evidence of people trading down in their holiday expectations," he explained.

However, Mr Barrett said that the majority of holidaymakers are looking for bargains and more "bang for their buck", with many people considering all-inclusive options rather than self-catering.

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Golfer readies herself for Q-School at La Manga Club

Having retired from the Dubai Masters, golfer Dani Masters must now view the qualifying school at La Manga Club as the last opportunity for her to get her European Tour card for next season.

A season plagued with injuries has placed her participation in next season's ladies' tour in jeopardy, but Masters is being philosophical about the prospect.

"I would be distraught if I failed, but you move on. I'm really passionate about golf but it's never been the be all and end all," she told Kent News.

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Newspaper apologises to La Manga-based tennis player

Those taking tennis holidays in La Manga Club may cross paths with British pro Robert Dee, who is based in the region.

And if it seems that he has an extra spring in his step, then it is because he has received another printed apology from an English newspaper.

The London Evening Standard has been forced to print an apology to Dee after it described him as "the world's worst tennis player", Press Gazette reports.

Statistics used by the newspaper did not include 22 victories racked up in professional matches in Spain by Dee, who the Times reports lives in a family home in La Manga.

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'Perennial favourites' re-emerge for Christmas holidays

Holidays in Spain are one of the most popular trips for British sun seekers, particularly when the cold UK weather begins to snap.

La Manga Club is well equipped to welcome such holidaymakers, thanks to its location in Murcia, where glorious weather is enjoyed for most of the year.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), there is unlikely to be any bucking of trends when it comes to where people choose to take their winter holidays.

Frances Tuke, spokesperson for the association, said that it is "very much the same destinations" that will prove to be popular over the Christmas period.

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Parents and Children golf tournament at La Manga club

One of the great things about a resort such as La Manga Club is the manner in which all the family can enjoy the facilities on hand.

For example, families taking golf holidays in La Manga Club will find something for everyone. While parents might like to face the challenge of one of the resort's championship standard courses, their children can learn more about the game from one of the club's professionals.

However, those who feel ready to get involved in something a little more competitive - while still retaining the hallmarks of a family holiday in Spain - can do so every Thursday.

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American consumers go sports mad during holidays

Need a new tennis racquet for your tennis holidays in Spain? It seems America does, as the nation went sports crazy this month.

According to new figures from online marketing analyst comScore, sports and fitness saw the fastest growth in sales as the Christmas period approaches.

Sales of such goods rose by 31 per cent during the period, compared to the second highest growth of 18 per cent, in books and magazines.

"With five fewer days of holiday shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, there is increasing pressure on consumers to make their holiday purchases in time for Christmas," said Gian Fulgoni, chairman of comScore.

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Christmas presents for golf lovers

Golf holidays in Spain, a new set of irons, a membership at a local club - these are all things which could be on the Christmas wish list of golfers this year.

However, without a nudge in the right direction, many buyers could opt for the wrong gift, according to the Professional Golfers Association (PGA).

As such, the association has offered some tips to those who have a loved one who is also a lover of golf. For many, the "perfect gift" could be a series of lessons, which could bring a player's game along.

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TV star's tips for holidaymakers

Arriving in La Manga Club might mark the beginning of a perfect holiday but, for one British comedian, the fun begins long before setting foot in a resort.

Justin Lee Collins, who co-presents the Sunday Night Project with fellow comic Alan Carr, was asked by the Telegraph what is the best piece of advice he could give to somebody heading abroad.

The answer was, simply, to begin enjoying one's holiday as soon as possible.

"Your holiday starts the moment you put your bags into the car or cab on the way to the airport or station, so relax," said the bearded funnyman.

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