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Travel insurance tips before heading out on Spanish tennis holidays

People about to embark upon a Spanish tennis holiday or other short break ought to consider taking out adequate travel insurance, according to one expert.

Sally Leeman, media relations manager with Norwich Union, said that it is just as important to take out travel insurance for short breaks as it is for longer holidays.

Those considering taking a Spanish holiday may be interested to know that medical emergencies are the "biggest single cause" of travel insurance claims.

According to Ms Leeman, 2006 saw the average travel insurance claim reach £716 – a figure that has been rising by approximately six per cent each year.

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Tips to heed before driving on Spanish holiday

Holidaymakers in the UK who are planning on driving to Europe should ensure that they are covered with a sufficient insurance policy, RIAS has claimed.

The company claims that a large amount of drivers who are heading over to the mainland in their vehicles are not clear on what is covered in the event that they have an accident.

The managing director of RIAS, Janet Connor, commented: "Getting the correct insurance in place should be as essential a part of a pre-holiday to-do list as remembering to pack your toothbrush."

Tourists have been advised by the insurance specialists to check their policy before they set off on their travels, those heading off on a Spanish holiday may like to note.

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Spanish holiday hunters advised to change currency early

Holidaymakers who are heading off abroad should change their money into foreign currency as early as possible to avoid losing out, according to Sainsbury's Travel Money.

Around five per cent of British tourists change their currency only on arrival at the airport, which is making the commission that they pay more expensive - putting some out of pocket even before they arrive on their Spanish holiday.

Steve Johnson, head of Travel Money at Sainsbury's Finance, commented: "It seems crazy to fall at the final hurdle and pay over the odds for your foreign currency by not taking advantage of better exchange rates and commission free offers at a local supermarket."

Almost one in three people in London were planning on visiting the bureau de change at the airport rather than organising their finances beforehand.

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A golfing Spanish holiday for Father's Day

With Father's Day approaching, might like to consider booking Dad a golf holiday in Spain for the weekend.

Those who are interested in booking a Spanish holiday could look to the immense golfing resort in La Manga to celebrate Father's Day which falls on June 15th.

The resort in the south of the country was voted best European resort at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

La Manga boasts three 18-hole golf courses of championship standard which would be a treat for any father celebrating his special day in the resort.

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easyJet launches Newcastle-Murcia link

A new flight route from Newcastle to Murcia has been launched by easyJet.

The new link will run three days per week allowing travellers in the Northern city to head off on Spanish holidays.

Budget operator easyJet is to run these flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and it is the 17th destination to which the airline is running flights.

Return tickets to Murcia start at £46.

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Lights out in Murcia?

New legislation which may be passed in Murcia in Spain means that there may be less light in the town's streets at night, according to a report at

Murcia will fall under regional laws which are trying to cut the expenditure on night time illumination by 50 per cent.

The draft legislation is currently being finalised, according to Le Verdad.

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La Manga - combine business with pleasure

They say business should never be mixed with pleasure - but La Manga Club could well be the exception to the rule.

A classic Spanish holiday destination, La Manga has brought familes, couples and sports teams to Murcia for generations.

However, there are also a range of meeting and conference facilities available at its hotels that make La Manga the perfect setting for a business event.

The Hyatt Regency boasts the 400-metre Grand Ballroom while the Hyatt Las Lomas Village houses the Grand Salon Panorama.

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'Watch out for bikes' on Spanish holiday

Drivers who are looking to take a Spanish holiday this summer have been advised to look out for motorcyclists while on the road.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has noted that drivers should take care to be aware of any motorcyclists on the roads.

Drivers all-too-often look, but fail to see motorcycles out on the roads, the organisation notes, and therefore drivers on a Spanish holiday should double check their mirrors, the organisation noted.

Making moves such as slightly pulling over to one side in dense traffic can help motorcyclists pass through traffic more easily, the organisation notes.

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Reduced golf fees in La Manga for NCC holders

Golf enthusiasts looking to take a Spanish holiday may be interested to learn that they could gain access to the La Manga golf courses for reduced prices.

As part of a promotion organised by the National County Card (NCC), individuals could be able to gain access to the resort's golf courses at a reduced rate while on their Spanish holiday, World Golf reports.

The news provider notes that over the past few months there has been increasing interest in the scheme for private members' clubs, which allows access to various different golf courses.

"Not only have we secured the best possible rates for NCC holders, we are also confident that our partners will offer our members the best possible service wherever they are travelling," Rob Sutton, joint managing director of Get Noticed, the firm behind the NCC.

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Sports stars attracted to Murcia

The draw of Murcia for those interested in sport has been emphasised once again with three UK rugby, football and cricket stars announcing their financial interest in the region.

Neil Killeen of Durham County Cricket Club is being joined by Newcastle Falcons winger Tom May and Darlington FC captain Kevin Smith in investigating business interests in the area.

The region may not be famed for its associations with cricket, but those seeking golf holidays and tennis holidays are sure to find something to please.

According to the Newcastle Journal, the increasing number of flights from the north-east to southern Spain has convinced the three sportsmen of the strong economic future in the region.

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