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La Manga Club receives top golf holiday nominations

Golf holidays favourite La Manga Club has received three nominations in this year's World Travel Awards.

The Murcia attraction is in the running to pick up gongs for being Spain's leading golf resort, Europe's leading golf resort and Europe's leading golf and leisure resort and chief executive Adrian Constant claimed to be "delighted" to receive such recognition from the Oscars of the tourism industry.

Noting that La Manga Club has "led the way" for European resort destinations since being the first to launch almost four decades ago, he stated: "These nominations are the latest in a long line of plaudits to highlight the fact that La Manga Club is one of the finest resorts in the world."

The awards are voted for by the general public as well as industry professionals, representing well over 100,000 travel agencies in more than 100 countries around the world.

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La Manga Club's Advanced Football Academy in the spotlight

The La Manga Club blog has picked out the luxury holiday resort in Spain's new Advanced Football Academy (AFA) as one of the highlights of its 2010 sports offering.

Held at the world-renowned La Manga Club Professional Football Centre, the AFA "offers a more intensive programme" than the standard five-day Football Academy for three to 16-year-olds, with budding soccer stars aged between 13 and 18 able to attend two daily sessions.

Fitness and stamina are the focus of the morning's training (between 09:00 and 10:00 local time), while technical skills are concentrated on in the afternoon (between 16:00 and 17:30).

The price per week of an individual child attending both lots of sessions is €275 (£242), while it costs €250 a head to do just the technical work.

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La Manga Club offers chocolate treatment specials

La Manga Club, the luxury holiday resort in Spain, has launched some special offers on chocolate treatments as part of its Easter holiday celebrations.

Starting yesterday (April 5th) and running throughout this month, Spa La Manga Club is giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy its Chocotherapy - The Full Works package for €90 (£79.42).

The deal includes a body scrub, a chocolate body wrap and a full-body chocolate massage, and those booking the treatment will receive complimentary access to all the spa's facilities, such as the Jacuzzi area and fitness centre.

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New campaign to promote Spanish holidays

A new drive to convince more people to take their holidays in Spain will star Catalan chef Ferran Adria.

The renowned cook will become the new face of Spanish tourism as the country seeks to promote its already internationally-recognised cuisine to holidaymakers in Europe, China and the Middle East.

Launching the new campaign in London, Spanish tourism minister Joan Mesquida described Adria's achievements as "the tip of the iceberg" of Spanish food and said: "The success of Spanish gastronomy is not going to fade away soon."

Spain remains a hugely popular holiday destination, attracting tens of millions of tourists each year.

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Thomas Norret wins La Manga golf event

Thomas Norret of Denmark has won the first Ecco Tour La Manga Golf Masters tournament.

He emerged victorious after a six-hole playoff, with fellow Dane Kasper Linnet Jorgenson and Norwegian Marius Thorp sharing second place.

Going into the tournament, Norret was 18th in the Ecco Tour's order of merit. Finland's Janne Mommo hit a hole-in-one in the first round of the competition and was tied for the lead at the end of the first day, but it was Norret who finished on top.

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Golf holidays in Murcia 'proving popular'

Golf holidays in Murcia are popular among fans of the club and ball game, it has been suggested.

Travel Daily UK reported that the region has "been a favourite" among customers of for some time, with the courses, venues and climate all contributing to the appeal.

And it is also convenient to travel to, with the majority of airlines running flights to Murcia daily and Alicante's airport just 45 minutes away.

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Spain holidays top popularity list

Holidays in Spain are still the number one choice for European holidaymakers, according to a new report.

The research carried out by survey organisation Eurobarometer found that 10.4 per cent of those questioned were planning to take a Spanish holiday, trailed by France and Italy respectively.

Respondents to the survey said their main motivation for getting away was rest and recreation, followed by a desire for sunny weather and good beaches.

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Special offers for qualified divers at La Manga Club

Guests at Murcia's La Manga Club will have access to a number of special water activity offers from April 1st if they are qualified divers.

The team from Adventure Divers will be back at the luxury holiday resort in Spain through to June and are throwing in some fresh deals to attract those already initiated in the wonders of water exploration.

A guided shore dive is available for free to people buying any 4 x guided diver package, while anybody booking two boat dives in the marine park will be given kit hire for no charge.

There will also be a Deep Diver package on offer as the speciality of the month.

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Adventure Divers at La Manga from April 1st

Scuba instruction and guided dive specialist Adventure Divers will be at La Manga Club in Murcia, Spain from April 1st, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of underwater activities during the summer season.

Information disclosed in the official La Manga blog this week revealed that the team will be running a number of special offers to attract would-be divers in the two-month period to June, including a 'buy one, get another half price' deal on courses for beginners.

Free t-shirts will also be given out to those booking the Open Water course and the children's Bubblemakers course is to be made available with a ten per cent discount.

"If you're not already a scuba diver then 2010 is the year for you to learn .

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Holidays in Spain 'still most popular in Europe'

Holidays in Spain continue to be the most popular trips in Europe among travellers from some of the continent's biggest nations, new figures have shown.

According to a report conducted by GFK Travel Insights, for British, Dutch and German holidaymakers, the country remains number one in terms of sales-based market share for this summer, ahead of one of the biggest growers in Turkey.

The research follows statistics from Skyscanner in January, which revealed five of the top ten most searched for destinations from UK airports for 2010 were in Spain - along with a further six in the top 50 - and the global sales director of

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