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Holidaymakers 'want opportunity to learn new skills'

Holidaymakers are increasingly keen to travel to destinations where they have the opportunity to learn new skills, it has been asserted.

Kate Kenward, executive director of the Association of Independent Tour Operators, suggested that people want "extra vocational value" from their trips.

She noted that holidays to Spain and other destinations that offer "deeper learning opportunities" are proving popular.

"People want value for money and also there's something that is coming through about justifying self-indulgent trips," Ms Kenward added.

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Have an 'unforgettable experience' at La Torre Golf Resort

Golf enthusiasts keen to escape the dreary British weather and practise in the sunshine may wish to consider taking a break at the La Torre Resort in Spain.

One of Europe's finest resorts, it is home to an impressive course designed by Michael Niklaus, the son of the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.

Guests staying at La Torre Resort can also visit other courses in the Murcia region by going on the Niklaus Golf Trail, with complimentary transport provided between each site.

La Torre is an 18-hole, 68 par course spread over five hectares and features a range of sculpted bunkers and lakes, offering a golfing experience that is second to none.

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Learn to scuba dive at La Manga Club

As well as taking time to relax and soak up the sunshine, those holidaying at La Manga Club can also try new activities such as scuba diving.

Bordered by Europe's largest saltwater lagoon, the resort is the ideal place for holidaymakers to try their hand at water sports.

Based at Las Lomas Village from Easter until November, Adventure Divers specialises in personal scuba instruction and guided excursions.

Guests can book themselves on to a range of courses certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, with training available for people of all abilities.

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Work on Alicante Airport 'progressing well'

Modernisation work at Alicante Airport is progressing well, it has been reported.

According to Typically Spanish, the new terminal is expected to open its doors towards the end of 2010.

Those planning to book flights to Spain may be interested to learn that the building will be eight stories high, increasing passenger capacity from 12.2 million to 20 million.

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New survey reveals top airport irritations

A new survey has revealed the things that irritate travellers the most when taking holidays to Spain and other destinations.

Carried out by flight search site Skyscanner, the survey found that dishonest announcements regarding delayed flights are the most annoying aspect of flying, with 27 per cent of people claiming that this irks them.

Barry Smith, the website's director and co-founder, said passengers appreciate clarity and like to be told about delays as early as possible.

"Telling you a flight will be 30 minutes late, then other 30 minutes late, then another – when they know full well that the plane hasn't even left its departure airport – is extremely annoying and downright dishonest," he added.

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Work on your tennis skills at La Manga Club

As well as soaking up the sunshine and relaxing on the beach, those taking holidays to Spain can also use their break as an opportunity to develop new skills and improve their existing ones.

The resort is home to 28 multi-surface tennis courts and caters for players of all ages and abilities.

Guests attending La Manga's Tennis Academy can learn with the help of an experienced and qualified teacher, using the latest video analysis technology.

Children can also improve their skills while holidaying at La Manga Club, with academy sessions and individual coaching lessons available at various times throughout the year.

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La Manga Club 'is ideal conference destination'

After what has been a turbulent year for many businesses, it could be time to boost morale and improve team relations by holding a conference or special event at La Manga Club in Spain.

The resort has four main meeting rooms, which all feature connection points and built-in audio-visual equipment, as well as the latest WiFi technology.

Special delegate packages are also available for those who require food and refreshments throughout the day.

In addition, La Manga could be a good option for businesses looking to host a team building event.

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Take a winter golfing break at La Manga Club

Players looking to improve their golfing skills during the winter months may wish to consider taking a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

Located in sunny Murcia, the resort basks in warm temperatures for most of the year and is the ideal place to visit once it becomes chilly in the UK.

La Manga boasts three 18-hole championship courses that are set in tranquil surroundings and each have their own unique feel.

Furthermore, guests can also make use of the outstanding practice areas, which include a floodlit driving range, two chipping greens and a pitch and putt course.

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Explore Calblanque National Park on horseback

As well as enjoying all of the sports and leisure activities on offer at La Manga Club, guests will also find plenty of exciting places to explore outside of the resort.

One way of doing this is to take a horseback excursion around the stunning Calblanque National Park, which is an unspoilt area of Mediterranean coastline comprising of beaches, cliffs, hiking trails and pretty coves.

Guests can arrange their trips through the nearby Rancho de la Fuente riding stables, where guided tours are on offer.

Pony trekking excursions are also available for children, with the stables offering short accompanied rides through the surrounding countryside.

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Prepaid currency cards 'can help holidaymakers save'

The pound may have lost strength against the euro over the last year, but there are still a number of steps Brits can take to make their money stretch further.

This is according to Peter Harrison, travel money expert at moneysupermarket.com, who claimed that with a little research, those taking holidays in Spain can get more bang for their buck.

"If you are prepared, you can get the most competitive exchange rates by looking at Travelex online and then picking up at the airport.

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