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Regular visitors to Spain advised to book annual insurance

Frequent flyers - which may include those heading on tennis holidays in Spain - have been advised to take out an annual policy by a leading representative body.

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) believe those who regularly take advantage of last minute Spanish holiday deals may want to consider a yearly policy to avoid forgetting to book insurance in the rush excitement of a next-day bargain.

Spokesperson for Abta Sean Tipton comments: "If you take more than two trips a year anyway then it is very sensible to do that [take out annual insurance] because you’ll get the benefits of it straightaway."

He added that the currently competitive insurance market in the UK means Spanish holiday seekers can expect even greater savings from an annual policy.

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Spanish golf holidays 'increasingly popular with Americans'

Excellent facilities for golfing holidays in Spain have been cited as one of the reasons behind a swell of interest in Spanish holidays from US tourists.

The number of US tourists taking holidays in Spain has increased 20 per cent in 2008, which is partly down to an increased awareness of the world-class golfing holidays available in the country, according to PGAtour.com.

Spain has over 300 golf courses, while 27 of Continental Europe's Top 100 Golf Courses can also be found in the country and in neighbouring Portugal.

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Abta defends the use of travel guides on Spanish holidays

Travellers seeking information about where to go and visit on their Spanish holiday should not be put off travel books following recent revelations, it has been claimed.

A recent book by Thomas Kohnstamm, entitled Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?, has alleged that travel writers often 'run roughshod' over details, however, the Associated Board of Travel Agents (Abta) believes they are still a useful tool.

Spokesperson for Abta Sean Tipton states: "I think they have been a great help and a boon to the travel industry and travellers in general.

"Of course, mistakes will creep [in] - the very nature of any publication means that it
can become out-of-date very quickly, things can change.

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Self-catering villa holidays 'good for independence'

Spanish holiday villas may experience a surge in bookings following a leading tour operator body recommending self-catering villas as an attractive family option.

Those considering taking their family holidays in Spain this year may wish to consider Spanish villas with pools, following the Association of Independent Tour Operators’ (Aito) suggestion.

A spokesperson for the AITO commented: "I think self-catering is something that people feel they want to do to maintain some semblance of independence on
their holidays."

"People with younger children are starting to travel as well and self-catering overseas is certainly an attractive option for them," they added.

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Group insurance recommended for tennis and golf holidays

Groups heading off on golf holidays in Spain this year have been advised to take out group insurance by a leading broker.

Direct Line Travel Insurance state that group insurance offers sporty travellers a simple way to reduce costs, while ensuring their Spanish holiday fun in the sun is properly protected.

Head of the insurance company Chris Price comments: "If you and your mates are heading off on a sporting holiday, you can get together and benefit from a group discount."

A recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office report has stated that 31 per cent of British holidaymakers fail to take out adequate sports insurance cover when going on vacation abroad.

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Take the plunge on a holiday at La Manga Club

With unpredictable UK weather always a concern why not take the plunge and opt for a holiday at La Manga Club which averages more than 300 days of sunshine a year thanks to its situation on the Costa Calida.

Unlike a holiday on the UK coast at this time of the year, where only the brave of heart and those with access to wet suits are likely to test the waters, La Manga Club is located between two seas – including the gentle lagoon of the Mar Menor – where the water is on average six degrees warmer than that of the Mediterranean.

A short walk from La Manga Club resort there are many water-based activities you can enjoy as you cool off on a holiday at La Manga Club.

Sailing on the Mar Menor is a popular pastime thanks to shallow waters and gentle winds.

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Brits to tighten their belts on holidays this year

Cash conscious Brits will not be put off taking their annual holidays in Spain according to My Child, however one commentator has claimed that they will tighten their belts and reign in their holiday spending.

According to FairFX, almost three in five Brits plan to reduce the amount of money they spend on their holiday.

More than half claim that their intentions to retrain their holiday spending stems from an increased cost of living and higher costs of outgoings.

Stephen Heath, chief executive of FairFX.

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Foodies 'to take Spanish holidays'

There could be a surge in the popularity of flights to Spain as epicureans opt for Spanish holidays.

According to the Olive Press, the Spanish have been voted the best cooks in the world, while the country is also home to a number of restaurants that feature in the world top-ten list.

The publication notes that El Bulli - run by chef Ferran Adria - placed at number one in the top Restaurant magazine list while Mugaritz and Arzak in San Sebastian placed in fourth and eighth place respectively.

"Adria offers such an extraordinary eating experience in his restaurant and what is also important is the service and the setting are top notch," Paul Wootton, editor of Restaurant magazine, said.

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Money worries 'won't dampen holiday spirit'

Consumers are unlikely to be putting off taking their traditional Spanish holiday because of concerns over the state of the economy, it has been reported.

According to Travel Weekly a study by search engine Kayak.co.uk revealed that two thirds of consumers refuse to cancel or alter their holiday plans for this summer.

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What's on the menu for La Manga weddings

There has been a "huge growth" reported in the popularity of weddings abroad, according to nuptial information provider Confetti.

According to the commentator, brides and grooms often do so out of a desire to tie the knot in pleasant weather.

La Manga is renowned for its glorious weather - it receives an average of 300 days of sunshine per year - and caters for weddings in the summer and winter months.

Wedding receptions can be held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where the chefs can cook up a sumptuous banquet for the bride and groom and their wedding party.

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