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Thrifty Brits spend least on holiday accommodation

British travellers are the thriftiest when it comes to spending on holiday accommodation, it has been revealed.

According to Hotels.com, the average UK holidaymaker spent £90 a room per night in 2009.

In contrast, the Irish are Europe's biggest spenders, parting with an average of £107.

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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 Golfbreak.com 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 Cheapflights.co.

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Funlandia in the spotlight at La Manga Club

La Manga Club in Murcia has drawn attention to its upcoming Funlandia programme, which could provide an excellent option for those looking for family holidays in Spain next month.

The resort's official blog featured a post on the Easter holiday initiative that will see it add a host of child-targeted activities to its usual offerings between April 1st and 9th - many of which are free to residents of Las Lomas Village and Hotel La Manga Principe Felipe.

It included an excerpt from an article on shorteuropebreaks.co.

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La Manga Club 'might be perfect for Fabio Capello'

If Fabio Capello is looking for a place to visit this year, the luxury holiday resort of La Manga Club might have everything he needs.

The destination has proven popular with England managers down the years, with Glenn Hoddle using it as the training camp for his squad ahead of the 1998 Fifa World Cup.

And now it has been suggested that soccer is not the only sport attracting Capello's attention, with Mirror Football reporting this week that he is a huge fan of golf.

La Manga has a strong reputation as a golfing holiday destination, being voted the best resort in Europe several times and having hosted numerous major competitions, such as the Spanish PGA Championships and the Spanish Open.

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