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Brits 'spend big' on hotels abroad

UK holidaymakers are bigger spenders than many of their European counterparts when it comes to staying in hotels, a new survey has discovered.

According to research by Hotels.com, Brits spend an average of £93 per night - following Russians, who are the highest spenders at £99, reports the Times.

The news could be reassuring for those thinking about booking luxury holidays in Spain or maybe jetting off to La Manga Club for a five-star break.

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Cover gadgets while on holiday

Amid the excitement of jetting off on a Spanish holiday, it important not to forget the essentials which could lessen the financial load should anything go missing.

According to recent research by SafeNet, an IT security firm, 8,500 mobile devices such as laptops and phones are mislaid in airports each year, meaning many holidaymakers are losing important information as well as a potentially costly item.

Gary Clark, vice-president of SafeNet for the Middle East and Africa, said people were being careless when it came to losing valuable gadgets.

"As mobile working continues to grow across the UK and the globe, security for laptops and mobile devices is more critical than ever," he added.

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Survey: Family holidays in Spain are favourite

Spain continues to be the favourite holiday destination for British families, it has been claimed.

According to holidaylettings.co.uk, a Spanish holiday is still one of the most popular breaks for families, with more and more people flocking to locations like La Manga Club.

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Plans delivered for new Murcia airport

Those looking to take a holiday in Spain will be pleased to know that Murcia's proposed new international airport in nearby Corvera is one step closer to approval.

Jose Ballesta, Murcia government's public works chief, has confirmed that plans for the new airport have been delivered to the regional government and are set to be passed on to the development ministry by December, reports Typically Spanish

By 2010, Britons could book flights to Murcia and experience the renovations.

Ballesta indicated that construction could start by early 2008, with flights landing at the airport only two years later.

Reports suggest that it will not just be a small minority travelling to Murcia on their Spanish holidays.

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Spanish holidays off the beaten track

Holidaying in Spain presents a wealth of choice, but for those looking for somewhere a bit quieter, Costa Azahar could be the place.

Recently recommended by the Mirror, Costa Azahar is the name of the coast bordering two provinces - Castellon and Valenicia - as well as being situated in an area of Alicante.

Sandy beaches and beautiful scenery are everywhere in the region, which is much calmer and with less bars and shops than some more well-known regions of the Mediterranean country.

It could be ideal for family holidays in Spain, as the tranquil setting provides a place for some serious relaxation and leisure time.

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Shopping in Spain just got sassier

Shopping in Spain is about to get more exciting and less expensive as Primark revealed it is to expand in the country.

Primark, which is widely popular in the UK and sells clothes, home furnishings and shoes, is to open five new stores following its launch of a trial outlet near Madrid, the Telegraph reported.

And while a Spanish holiday is usually full of the traditional leisure activities such as sunbathing and swimming, shopping is also a must-do for many holidaymakers.

On the forthcoming announcement, human resources director at Primark Breege O'Donoghue said the shop's prices went down well at the Madrid opening.

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Listen to jazz in Madrid

Jazz lovers in the mood for a Spanish holiday are advised to book their flights as soon as they can and sample the delights of the annual jazz festival in Madrid.

A host of high-class performers are again showcasing their repertoire of skills at various locations across the Spanish capital as the festival brings together all kinds of people in the name of good music.

The event has been running since early November and crowds will continue to be entertained on a nightly basis until the curtain falls on the 14th annual festival on December 1st.

Madrid's Centro Cultural de la Villa will be hosting many of the best known performers taking part in this year's festival, including the Vienna Art Orchestra and the Joaquin Chacon European Quartet.

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International Puppet Festival in Alicante

Puppeteers from around the world will be descending on the Spanish city of Alicante later this month to take part and to enjoy the showmanship at the latest International Puppet Festival.

Flights to Alicante depart from various British airports and the city is much-loved by tourists from around the UK. Many are expected to join the crowds at the ever-popular puppet festival.

The festival takes place annually and gets underway on November 30th, running until December 9th this year in what will be its 23rd outing.

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Spanish holiday 'top choice' for Christmas

Those looking for a Spanish family holiday might be encouraged to hear that the Mediterranean country is the "top destination" for Christmas getaways, it was claimed this week.

Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents, said due to the good weather, a Spanish holiday is the number one choice for many people.

Particularly noting the continually pleasant temperature of the Canary Islands, Ms Tuke said family holidays over the festive period are popular because while some families want to get away for a break, others want to escape their families - meaning there is something for everyone.

"There's a real mixture of places," she added.

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Brits 'just love' Spanish culture

An ongoing "love affair" with Spain has kept it as one of the most popular destinations for Brits, it has been suggested.

While many jet off for Spanish holidays at various times of the year, the vibrant and colourful culture in the Mediterranean country may be what visitors find so attractive, said Mark Stucklin, managing director of Spanish Property Insight.

He described the Spanish way of life as "incredibly appealing" and said Brits are often drawn there because it is the complete opposite to life in the UK.

Citing nice weather and cheaper costs, Mr Stucklin said there is "something about the Spanish way of life and the Spanish character" that Brits want to become part of.

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