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Chilly temperatures send bookings 'soaring'

The dreary British weather and last week's bout of snow has sent holiday bookings soaring, it has been revealed.

Figures from travel site show that holiday bookings for the last week were up by 35 per cent on the same period in 2007.

The news suggests that despite the economic doom and gloom, Britons are desperate to jet abroad and soak up the sunshine.

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Women 'make holiday decisions'

When it comes to holidays in Spain, it's the women that wear the trousers, a new survey has revealed.

Research carried out by revealed that four in five women expect their partner to pay for mini-breaks, while 73 per cent like to decide when and where they go on holidays.

Furthermore, research found that women prefer to spend their money on beachwear and make-up, rather than on flights and accommodation.

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One in three holidaymakers 'do their homework'

Over a third of Britons research their destinations and learn about laws and cultural difference before travelling, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras found that 37 per cent of those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations do their homework before travelling.

Furthermore, 56 per cent of respondents said they occasionally read up on customs, depending on their destination.

Just seven per cent of people embark on their holidays knowing nothing about the place they are travelling to.

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Baggage charges 'should be reduced'

The cost of taking baggage on holidays to Spain and other popular family holiday destinations should be reduced, it has been claimed.

According to Co-operative Travel, many families, particularly those with small children are being adversely affected by the restrictive baggage policies imposed some airlines.

Ruth Evans, head of marketing at Co-operative Travel, commented: "It is a bit of a shame because obviously a holiday is a very nice thing for a family to look forward to a holiday but it is a shame when they get to the airport and get stung by these baggage charges. They've got particularly worse since all the security problems.

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TV presenter's post-tennis holiday heaven

Tennis holidays in Spain could be the ideal choice for one of the country's leading standup comedians and TV presenters.

Jimmy Carr has admitted that he likes to spend all day on the courts while away, before spending his evenings doing very little as he recovers.

"If I've spent the day playing tennis and hanging out on the beach, by 10pm I feel tired," he explained to the Telegraph.

Carr is perhaps best known these days for presenting 8 out of 10 Cats, the comedy quiz show on Channel 4 on which teams field questions about the week's news and polls.

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Youngsters gear up for La Manga golf tournament

The team representing England at the Junior Home Nations Inter-Club Championship at La Manga has been selected.

Willow Valley were victorious in the English final last week, securing their place in the final in Spain between January 17th and 22nd, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports.

Tom Brancker, Tom Calvert. Lewis Howell, George Branch, Ali Butters and Tom Pinder will now be getting in practice for the tournament, in which they will compete against teams representing Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

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Teenage kicks at La Manga Club

Teenagers holidaying to La Manga Club can look forward to a break every bit as exhilarating as it is relaxing for Mum and Dad.

Whether it is honing skills on the golf course or taking to the water, La Manga Club has something to offer all younger visitors.

The resort is famed for its outstanding golf and tennis facilities, but there is a whole lot more fun to be had for youngsters looking to keep active on holiday.

Water lovers can take advantage of courses in diving, sailing and windsurfing - or even improve on the basics by taking swimming lessons.

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Wedded bliss on holiday in Spain

As well as offering first class golf and tennis facilities, La Manga Club also boasts the standards of luxury required to turn a wedding reception into a memory that lasts forever.

Couples looking to tie the knot while visiting the luxury holiday resort in Spain can choose from a number of awe-inspiring options.

For example, the Hyatt Regency La Manga offers banqueting suites, a split-level terrace affording breathtaking views or cocktail parties on the Patio.

An alternative venue is the Gran Salon Panorama at Hyatt Las Lomas Village, which also provides a beautiful vantage point from the hillside.

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Murcia to welcome Dame Kiri

Lovers of classical music might like to consider holidaying to La Manga Club this winter, as a very special guest comes to the region.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is to perform a concert in Murcia on December 2nd at the Auditorio Victor Villegas, Round Town News reports.

The show brings to a close the Floridablanca music festival, which is running in the popular Spanish resort through November.

All proceeds from the concert, at which Dame Kiri will be accompanied by Julian Reynolds, will go to charities.

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Roads boost for car hire in La Manga

Holidaymakers renting a car in Murcia have been presented with good news.

The motorways running through the region are set to benefit from improvements worth 200 million euros, Round Town News reports.

Motorists will be able to drive on a number of improved roads two years ahead of schedule, as the government has decided to bring the major works forward.

At present, the popularity of the region can place the autovia which surrounds Murcia under strain during peak holiday season, as travellers head out to see the best that southern Spain has to offer.

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