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Spain tops the charts of holiday destinations

Five out of the ten most popular locations for holidays in 2007 are in Spain, according to a survey conducted by online travel agency Holidays-Direct.

Firmly established as a top destination for family holidays, the Spanish island of Majorca tops the charts, ahead of the perennially popular Spanish Costas, the poll shows.

Based on a review of sales of summer holidays, the travel agency shows that the Spanish beaches of Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Dorada are still in style with British tourists.

The top four destinations are all in Spain, followed by the Greek island of Corfu at number five.

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Vote for local sports programmes to win trip to La Manga

A trip to the five-star La Manga Club is on offer to every person voting in Norwich Union's 'Join Our Team Campaign'.

Norwich Union, one of the UK's leading insurance providers, is promoting local British sports initiatives in a bid to get 10 million children involved in athletics by the start of the London Olympics in 2012.

Each person who registers for the scheme is automatically added into a prize draw to win a trip for two to La Manga, the world-class sports resort in the beautiful region of Murcia, Spain.

Flights, and spending money are all part of the prize, and the lucky winner and their guest will be provided with stylish and sumptuous accommodation at the resort, which boasts a luxury range of hotel suites and villas.

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Airlines losing more bags - but some may be worse than others

Spain is the most popular holiday destination for British tourists, but more people than ever before will arrive at their luxury hotel or villa without their bags, according to UK insurance providers Norwich Union.

Norwich Union said that insurance claims on lost holiday baggage had increased by 40 per cent over the first half of 2007. Figures from Insure-and-Go have put the number of disgruntled holidaymakers even higher, saying that its claims had risen by 85 per cent over the same six months.

And with more Britons flying to foreign destinations for their holiday than ever before, airports are becoming busier, resulting in a lot more lost baggage, Norwich Union said.

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Holiday-makers prefer to eat in their villas

Holiday-makers renting out luxury Spanish villas prefer to eat at home rather than out at a restaurant, according to property website homesworldwide.

Spain remains the UK's favourite holiday destination, and part of the country's attraction is the availability of great restaurants serving delicious tapas, tortilla and paella for a fraction of the cost of a meal out in Britain.

However, restauranteurs on the Costa del Sol claim that those staying in villas eat out far less than hotel guests, preferring to stay at home and cook in their apartments, homesworldwide reported.

The news follows findings that British holiday-makers find it hard to leave home without typically English food-staples such as Marmite, according to a survey by holidaylettings.

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ICC under-15 cricket championships begin on Sunday at La Manga

The International Cricket Council (ICC) under-15 cricket championships (division two) are set to begin at the La Manga Club this Sunday.
Ten European countries will be competing at the five-star resort from August 26th to September 1st, offering seven days of international youth cricket.

La Manga Club is renowned world-wide as one of the finest sports resorts on earth, and many teams choose the five-star complex each year for pre-season training or tournament preparation. It has also grown used to staging important events in the cricketing calendar.

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Ryanair to expand operations in Spain

Ryanair, the low-cost airline expects to open two more bases in Spain within the next three years, doubling the number of passengers it carries there, the company said yesterday.

The announcement comes only a week after the airline announced that it would be doubling its activities in Spain by flying to four airports, including Alicante.

"We now have four bases and there is space for one or two more . .

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La Manga Club - one of the world's great resorts

With Summer here and Spanish sunshine beckoning, the five-star holiday resort of La Manga is a tempting prospect for a luxury break on the Med.

Families, sports-enthusiasts and sun-seekers are faced with a 1,400 acre holiday-maker's paradise, offering world-class sports and spa facilities, exquisite restaurants, children's holiday clubs and a host of bars, pools and beautiful views.

An array of luxury hotel accommodation and comfortable Spanish villas provide the ideal base from which to enjoy a truly five-star holiday.

And now that more than one in three people are looking for "active holidays," according to the Lonely Planet Guide's 'Travellers' Pulse' survey, the range of activities on offer at La Manga looks better than ever.

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Ryanair the best low-cost airline operating flights to Alicante

Ryanair is the best of seven low-cost airlines currently operating flights to Alicante, according to website

Using Civil Aviation Authority data, the website shows that the Irish airline, which flies to Alicante from Liverpool John Lennon and London Stansted airports, had average delays of just 11.2 minutes on all flights over the first quarter of 2007.

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ABTA: Holidaymakers should write their mobile numbers on luggage

Passengers should write their mobile number on or inside their suitcase in case their baggage is mislaid and keep receipts for its contents, says the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

A mere two per cent of the bags reported lost are actually lost, while the rest are delayed, said Sean Tipton, spokesperson for the ABTA.

Most bags "are simply delayed and while this is an inconvenience, they are not lost, they will turn up. Most airlines try to get them back to you within 48 hours," he said.

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Spain remains a "winning" destination for family holidays

Families are increasingly travelling abroad on their holidays, with the "child friendly culture" of Spain remaining "a winning formula", family holiday advisers Take the Family said.

Holidays abroad are becoming an increasingly popular option for families. According to the Office for National Statistics, British households spent an average of £12.50 a week on package holidays abroad last year, compared to just £1 a week on package holidays in the UK.

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