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Benidorm Chess Open

Top chess players from across the world are set to descend on Benidorm later this month for the annual Benidorm International Chess Open.

Taking place from April 24th to May 3rd, the competition will be held at the Deloix Aqua Hotel.

The event is now in its 22nd year and, according to the Beniform Spotlight, will involve ten rounds using the Swiss system.

"Just to demonstrate the importance of the competition in the Chess world there are a total of 21 Grand Masters and 30 International Masters participating," the news source stated.

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New town on Alicante Wine Route

Those taking holidays in Spain could soon have the opportunity to visit a new town on Alicante's Wine Route.

According to the Benidorm Spotlight, the mayor of Alfaz del Pi and two of the region's major wine producers are in talks with tourism chiefs about adding Alfaz to the Alicante Wine Route.

"Gema Amor, the tourism boss, sees no reason why Alfaz shouldn't join other wine producing areas from Alicante - Pinoso, Villena, Monovar, Alguena, Novelda, Hondon de los Frailes and Petrer," she added.

The Alicante region is home to dozens of vineyards and is one of Spain's most renowned wine producing areas.

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Cheap travel insurance 'may not be the best'

Brits taking holidays in Spain and other foreign destinations have been urged to buy a good quality travel insurance policy, rather than taking the cheapest deal.

Perry Wilson, founder of InsureandGo, said it is important that people go for a good policy which is tailored to their needs.

"There are so many cheap and nasty travel insurancers out there. If you go to a lot of money aggregators, they will give you the cheapest travel insurance which will cost you £3.

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Catherine Zeta Jones to film in Alicante

Brits taking holidays in Spain this summer may see some famous faces around the Alicante area.

According to WalesOnline, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones is set to star alongside her Mask of Zorro co-star Antonio Banderas in a new film about Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

"Filming on the production is due to begin next month in Spanish holiday-hotspot Alicante, at the Ciudad de la Luz studios. Zeta Jones will take on the role of Dali's nurse, Gala," the site noted.

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Holidays in Spain 'cheaper than the UK'

Holidays in Spain are cheaper than those in the UK, it has been claimed.

Although the euro has strengthened against the pound in the last year, a new study by Thomas Cook has revealed that the cost of eating and drinking abroad is still much cheaper than in the UK.

A three-course meal in Spain comes in at £11.50, compared to a meal in the UK, which costs around £22.

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Ryanair 'fat tax' takes the lead

More than 45,000 people have voted in Ryanair's poll inviting people to select the airline's next discretionary charge.

Ryanair recently asked the public to submit suggestions on what the airline should charge passengers for next and the top five ideas are now featured in a poll on its website.

So far, 20,000 people have voted in favour of charging overweight passengers more, while 18 per cent of people say that travellers should be charged £1 to use toilet paper with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's face on it.

"We are delighted with the number of votes cast to date and a little surprised with how the vote has gone so far.

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People 'won't give up' hard-earned holidays

People will not let the recession stand in the way of them taking their hard-earned holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

According to online travel agency On the Beach, many Brits are looking at ways to keep their holiday costs down rather than cancelling their break completely.

A recent survey carried out by the site found that 49 per cent of people will be taking fewer excursions during their holiday this year, while 32 per cent intend to spend a week abroad rather than two.

Simon Cooper, chief executive of On the Beach, commented: "Cutting out these luxuries, means consumers can still escape the doom and gloom of the financial crisis and unwind in the sun.

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport prepares for 'Easter exodus'

Around 60,000 passengers will pass through Liverpool's John Lennon Airport between Good Friday and Easter Monday, making it the busiest weekend of the year.

Despite the credit crunch, Brits are making the most of the low fares available and taking flights to Spain and other destinations to soak up some sunshine, the airport said.

Andy Gower, airport director, commented: "Passengers appear to be looking to cheer themselves up, escaping to enjoy the long weekend for either some warmer weather, late season skiing and even for city breaks to the many destinations currently available from Liverpool."

Some of the most popular destinations include sunny Mediterranean hotspots such as the Costa Blanca and Malaga.

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Spain offers 'great value for money'

Brits looking for great value should consider a holiday in Spain this year, it has been suggested.

Although the euro has recently strengthened against the pound, prices in Spain have not increased as much as they have in some non-euro destinations.

According to the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer, the price of a typical basket of food in Turkey cost £46.08 in 2007, compared to £55.

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Deciding on holiday duration 'is an important decision'

Deciding how long to spend away on holiday is an important decision that people should consider carefully, it has been claimed.

According to Saga, there are several factors that people should take into account, such as whether they are travelling alone and how quickly you become bored.

A recent poll carried out by the firm revealed that 26 per cent of Brits have felt bored at some point during a holiday, while right per cent spend time worrying about work.

The research also revealed that the majority of Brits like to holiday with their partners.

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