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British couples 'want to marry abroad'

An increasing number of British couples are choosing to get married overseas, it has been claimed.

Thea Darricotte, executive retail editor at Conde Nast Brides Magazine, suggested that couples were shunning traditional weddings and travelling to European destinations such as Spain in an effort to beat the credit crunch.

She rejected claims by the government that weddings were in decline and said that statistics often did not reflect the number of people who get married abroad.

"There has been so much flooding, and it's a wet September, the wettest on record for a long time.

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Weddings in Spain offer 'value for money'

Getting married abroad is much more economical than tying the knot in the UK, it has been suggested.

Shona Swain, long-haul manager for Thomson and First Choice, said that while getting married abroad may have seemed extravagant in the past, it is very often a cheaper option.

"Couples who marry overseas tend to have fewer guests so receptions tend to be smaller. Another advantage of getting married abroad is that couples then don't have to fork out again for their honeymoon as they are already away," she explained.

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Holidaymakers 'want clean and quiet hotels'

A new study has revealed what holidaymakers find the most and least appealing about hotels.

Research carried out by online travel community TripAdvisor revealed that 30 per of people believe that location is the most important factor when it comes to hotels, while 24 per cent of people claimed that good customer service was important to them.

Overall, it seems that the 'ideal' hotel is one similar to La Manga Club, where guests can expect high levels of customer service and cleanliness.

Commenting on the findings, Michele Perry, vice president of global communications at TripAdvisor, said: "Your hotel experience can make or break your vacation and we've found that travelers don't ask for much.

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Top holiday car hire tips

Britons enjoying a holiday in Spain this year can save money on their car hire by following a series of "top tips".

According to car hire broker Holiday Autos, people taking holidays in Spain can significantly reduce the cost of their car hire by booking in advance and shopping around for the best deal.

Waiting until the last minute to arrange a booking could lead to a 40 per cent increase in the cost of vehicle rental, the company has claimed.

Ways in which holidaymakers can drive down the cost of vehicle rental include reading agreement thoroughly beforehand to ensure there are no nasty surprises and confirming a final price with the hire company before taking possession of the vehicle.

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'Soak up Spanish culture' in Ronda

Holidaymakers enjoying a break at La Manga Club this month can expand their cultural knowledge by attending the Pedro Romero Fair in Ronda.

Taking place from September 5th to September 7th, the event is held every year to celebrate the life of Pedro Romero, the founding father of modern bullfighting.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see matadors dressed in traditional 18th-century costumes and view an exhibition of decorated carriages, with a prize awarded to the best one.

The Pedro Romero Fair culminates in the Goyesca bullfight – which, according to What's on When, is "one of the highlights of the Spanish social calendar".

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Brits 'enjoy active holidays in Spain'

British holidaymakers are more likely to take part in sporting activities then laze around on the beach, according to new research.

A study by Cater Allen Private Bank has revealed that 54 per cent of people enjoy participating in activities when abroad, with trekking topping the list of most popular holidayactivities.

Other activities popular with Britons taking holidays to Spain include scuba diving, wind surfing and sailing.

Commenting on the findings, Richard Dunn, managing director of the bank, said that the study suggested consumers were becoming more "adventurous" in their holiday choices.

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Celebrate Dia del Turista in Spain

Holidaymakers enjoying a break at La Manga Club will have the opportunity to celebrate the Dia del Turista this week.

Taking place on September 4th in the nearby town of Torremolinos, the Dia del Turista – also known as Tourist Day – is an annual event held in honour of those holidaying in the area.

Locals gather to say a "thank you" to visitors for the way in which their town has been transformed by tourism.

Those attending the Dia del Turista will be entertained by street parades, musical performances and evening shows, with events taking place in the town centre and on the beaches of La Carihuela, Playamar and Bajondillo.

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Fuengirola hosts beer festival

Britons taking holidays in Spain will have more than just sunshine to enjoy this week as the Fuengirola Great Beer Festival takes place.

With a nod to Germany's Oktoberfest, the Great Beer Festival - held at Sohail castle – will offer visitors the opportunity to sample some of Germany's finest beer and culinary delights.

Visitors to Spain will have until September 7th to enjoy the festival, with the action taking place daily from 12:00 local time until 02:00.

According to costadelsolnews.

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Enjoy a winter holiday in Spain

With plenty of sunshine all year round, Spain is the perfect destination for a winter holiday.

As part of plans to boost visitor numbers during cooler months, tourism authorities in the country are launching a new Winter in Spain campaign.

A spokesman for Spain's tourism and industry ministry said that the government was keen to get the message across to holidaymakers that Spain is a year-round destination.

Those visiting La Manga Club this winter will find no shortage of activities to keep them occupied, with the winter months perfect for golf, tennis, mountain biking and hill walking.

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Holidaymakers eager to shed 'Brits abroad' image

Over half of Britons admit to being 'holiday snobs' and choosing to travel to areas where they are unlikely to run into rowdy fellow countrymen.

In a poll by Cater Allen Private Bank, 57 per cent of people claimed that they liked to holiday in quiet destinations such as La Manga Club and places that were not associated with rowdy groups.

The study found that 46 per cent of people feel their holiday choices reflect their personality, while four per cent say they liked to "out do" friends and family members when it comes to travel destinations.

Sally Watts, director of marketing at Cater Allen, commented: "Britons are becoming more discerning about where they holiday and are keen to avoid stereotypes of British unruliness abroad.

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