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Bob Daffon wins December golf event in Spain

Bob Daffon won the Stapleford golf event that was held at the El Valle Golf Resort in December, popular among those taking golf holidays in Spain.

Runner up at the event was Howard Wright, who notched up 24 points closely behind Mr Daffon's 29, Club Murcia reports.

According to Club Murcia, conditions were akin to those of a summer's day in the UK - despite it being mid December.

Competitors at the event enjoyed a buffet lunch at nearby restaurant La Encina.

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New air base will offer flights to Murcia

Holidaymakers will soon have even more choice in terms of taking flights to Murcia from regional airports, after it was revealed that Ryanair intends to open a new base in Bournemouth.

The base - which will be the airlines 24th - will offer other flights to Spain including trips to Malaga and Palma.

Ryanair already offers flights to Alicante and Barcelona in addition to a number of other European destinations.

"Bournemouth Airport has competed successfully against airports across Europe to win our 24th European base," commented Ryanair's director of scheduled revenue, Sean Coyle.

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Spain has "always been popular"

Spanish holidays have "always been popular" for Britons who like do not like to venture too far away from home, it has been reported.

According to Motley Fool, France, Greece and Italy as well as Malta and Cyprus - which recently entered into the euro zone - are also popular for Brits in the summer time.

Motley Fool also added that for those fed up with the dreary UK weather "what could be better than planning a holiday now"?

Recently, the Association of British Travel Agents reported that a rise in winter holiday bookings was prompted by the bad English weather seen in summer 2007.

The comment was followed by news from insurance provider esure that more than 15 million Brits are looking to book a holiday this month in order to capitalise on the sale period.

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Air travel demand 'at 18 month high'

The international passenger demand grew by 9.3 per cent in November 2007, it has been revealed.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) this year-on-year growth represents the industry's highest ever growth rate.

In October 2007, an increase of 7.

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'Check weather before you travel' holidaymakers advised

Brits are being advised to check the weather forecast before booking their flights to La Manga and other destinations.

According to esure, UK consumers should make an effort to research any weather patterns in the location they are travelling to prior to committing to a holiday.

The comment comes as esure reveals that more than 15 million Brits are looking to book a holiday in January during the sale period.

"Most people love to jump on the bandwagon of the January sales season.

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Barcelona is "popular" for romantic Brits

Traditional European city breaks are popular among couples looking to celebrate Valentine's Day abroad, it has been reported.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), Barcelona is an emerging destination for romantics who are taking flights to Spain this February.

In 2006, a YouGov study revealed that Barcelona placed third in a poll of most popular Valentine's Day destinations among Britons.

"Barcelona has certainly grown in popularity over the last few years and not just for Valentine's, but throughout the year," commented an AITO spokesperson.

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Lucky new year lottery winner celebrates in Spain

Spain's national lottery draw El Nino has seen a host of lottery winners from the town of Castellon de la Plane, in Valencia's northerly province.

All tickets carrying the winning number of 87657 were sold in the Spanish town and the winners include the manager of the lottery office who bought a ticket herself, reports Typically Spanish.

The manager has confirmed that she will now be able to retire as she shares her winnings with a friend.

Like most people who enter the lottery, she bought a decimo - the tenth part of a ticket which has a value of 200,000 euros (149,000 in pounds) - part of a series altogether worth two million euros.

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Bird population 'thrives' south of Alicante

The bird population in the south of Alicante is currently thriving, according to the latest study.

Research conducted by the regional department of the environment has found that nearly 15,000 birds have reproduced in the province's wetlands during last year, reports Costa Blanca News.

Many of the region's birds have been studied in the annual census and the director-general of environmental management at the department Maria Angeles Centeno, described the area as an "indispensable triangle" for the reproduction of birds.

Those taking flights to Alicante may even spot a white-headed duck or a marbled duck on their travels as the wetlands are now home to the largest population of the feathered-friends in Europe, the study reveals.

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Golfers attracted to holidays in Murcia

Golf enthusiasts often choose to take a holiday in Spain, particularly in the region of Murcia, because of the number of golf courses on offer in the area.

Murcia, which is also appealing to those seeking the perfect family holiday in Spain, is host to some of the world's best golf courses, including Polaris World's Condad de Alhama development, featuring three championship courses designed by pro golfer Jack Nicklaus.

"It's like a little community of its own, so even if you don't play golf, there's loads to do," Elaine Wallace of Scotland told the Sun. "It's going to be a great place for our family.

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Confusion potential over new bag rules

With a number of airports given permission to lift their restrictions on hand baggage this week, a travel writer has warned that holidaymakers could be adversely affected by differing security measures at various hubs.

Speaking to BBC News 24, Simon Calder gave the example of a travellers flying from Edinburgh to Exeter, who would be able to take two pieces of hand luggage on their outward journey, but only one on their return.

"It is going to be a recipe, I'm afraid, for chaos and confusion," he said.

Travellers, such as those on a Spanish family holiday, could be affected by these changes, with 22 airports being given permission to lift their restrictions by the Department for Transport.

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