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Murcia 'benefits' from improved roads

Travelling in and around Murcia on a Spanish holiday "has never been easier", one commentator has stated.

According to Round Town News, this summer big "crowds of holidaymakers" are likely to head towards the Spanish beaches of Murcia and can now benefit from improved infrastructure.

Construction work has been taking place on new motorways and other roads for the past five years with the last remaining sections of roads having opened in recent months.

This month, holidaymakers taking flights to Murcia can visit La Manga Club, where saving are available at the resort's golf and tennis pro shops in July.

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Brits look for "cheap" holidays this summer

Consumers are willing to cut corners on certain aspects of their travel plans in order to ensure they can take their holidays this year, one commentator has suggested.

According to GMTV, travel insurance is becoming less of a priority to Britons who are more concerned with using their tight budget to pay for their flights to Spain and accommodation, such as Spanish villas.

A total 51 per cent of British holidaymakers have admitted that their travel insurance may be the thing that is omitted when planning their travels, according to the research by Norwich Union.

However the research also revealed that despite an economic downturn, two-thirds of
Britons still plan on taking holidays overseas this summer.

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Spanish holiday couple get engaged on plane

A couple flying to Majorca for a Spanish holiday got engaged on the plane, it has been reported.

According to the Evening Express, Mark Neish got down on bended knee and proposed to girlfriend Nicola Campbell part way through their flight to Majorca last week.

Ms Campbell was alerted to the imminent marriage proposal when the captain called her name over the intercom.

"The captain came on and he asked if there was a Nicola Campbell on the plane.

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Tips for top Spanish holidays this summer

Britons taking flights to Spain for their family holidays this summer have been offered a series of travel tips by Virgin Atlantic.

Passengers are advised to make the best use of the internet by booking tickets and checking in online. Holiday Lettings managing director Ross Elder recently noted that the internet has transformed the process of holiday booking.

Leggy travellers travelling with the airline can ask for extra leg room seats by purchasing exit row seats on selected flights on the day of travel.

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Happy Ashley treats Cheryl to Spanish holiday villa

England footballer Ashley Cole has gifted his wife Cheryl with an expensive Spanish holidayvilla, it has been reported.

According to tabloid press, the mansion is the same one in which the couple enjoyed a romantic Spanish holiday last month.

Ashley is said to have passed the deeds to Cheryl during her recent birthday dinner in Manchester.

Furthermore, Cheryl tucked into a custom-made cake sprinkled with edible diamonds following the meal for her 25th birthday.

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International tourism growth reported

Despite concerns over the economy, it does not appear that Britons are cutting back on their Spanish holidays or indeed any of their international breaks, after new figures revealed a growth in international tourism in 2008.

Travel Daily News reports that figures from the UNTWO World Tourism Barometer reveal that during the first quarter of 2008, international tourism grew by roughly five per cent.

Additionally, it was revealed that all subregions, including the subregion for Spanish holidays, Europe, reported positive growth for the first four months of this year.

Spain has long been recognised as a popular holiday destination for Brits.

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Spanish holiday island attraction 'to boost tourism'

Those looking for a spot of culture on their Spanish holidays will soon be able to find it on breaks to Majorca.

The Majorca Daily Bulletin reports that work is in progress for the Raixa country estate, an impressive and historic Majorcan property located at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana, to be opened to the public.

It is hoped that a deal signed by the Spanish Biodiversity Foundation, the Council of Majorca and the University of the Balearic Islands will have the site ready for visitors by September.

Dating back to the time of the Moors, the finca was overhauled from farm buildings in to the marvel of design that it is today in the eighteenth century by Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Dameto.

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Self catering Spanish holidays 'could appeal to Brits'

Self catering accommodation, such as the villas available for rent at La Manga Club, are likely to increase in popularity as Brits look for ways to save money on their holidays to Spain and Europe, it has been reported.

According to Holidays Lettings, Britons are looking to new styles of holidaying in response to the current economic downturn.

Ross Elder, managing director of the company, noted that what Britons are unlikely to do is to miss out on their holiday altogether.

"I think what we'll see instead is an accelerated increase in people going into self-catering, because it is the cheaper alternative to hotels," Mr Elder added.

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Brits to benefit from added security on Spanish holidays

Spain's ministry for the interior has announced its intention to beef up security in tourist populated areas this summer.

According to Costa Blanca News, the summer 2008 security operation began on July 1st and will effect all major tourist zones in the country.

The added security will see an additional 6,300 officers from a number of different forces will be deployed throughout the summer season until September 30th.

"The aim of the operation is to boost police numbers in areas that are considered to be of high value to terror groups seeking to disrupt the economy by driving away tourists," the publication revealed.

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"Sahara weather" reported in Spain

Following heatwave conditions in southern parts of Spain last week, the temperature is still toasty to the delight of those enjoying Spanish holidays despite recent thunder storms.

Typically Spanish reports that the "Sahara weather" is likely to reach above 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days.

And the hot weather will be noticeable in particular to those taking flights to Alicante and Murcia from the UK where temperatures are set to be highest.

Last week, orange alerts were issued for areas in Andalucía, the publication reports, while Grenada was on yellow alert due to the hot weather.

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