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Brits set to receive a 'warm welcome' in Spain

British holidaymakers taking a break in Spain can expect to receive an even warmer welcome then usual this year.

Spanish hoteliers, shopkeepers and taxi drivers are being invited to attend a series of seminars aimed at helping them to improve their English skills and be more friendly towards tourists.

According to the Telegraph, those attending the lectures will be taught key phrases such as "have a nice day" and taxi drivers will be urged to keep their cars looking clean and smelling fresh.

The programme of events is being organised by the Lanzarote Chamber of Commerce at a cost of around 40,000 euros.

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Golf holidays at La Manga Club

Those looking to take a relaxing golf holiday this year should look no further than La Manga Club in Spain.

Situated near Murcia, the resort basks in sunshine throughout the year and is widely considered to be one of Europe's top golf destinations.

La Manga boasts three championship golf courses and with airlines such as Ryanair, Jet2, bmibaby and easyJet all serving the south of Spain, the resort is easily accessible for those travelling from the UK.

In addition, it has scooped several prestigious awards in the past and was named as Europe's leading golf destination at the World Travel Awards in 2001, 2003 and 2005.

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Jackson Browne to play Murcia gig

Music legend Jackson Browne is set to perform in Murcia later this year.

The US singer/songwriter will take to the stage on May 16th at the Auditorio y Centro de Congressos Victor Villegas, Round Town News reports.

Tickets are available from several outlets across the city, including the Auditorio y Centro de Congressos ticket office and Havana Cafe.

"Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the writer and performer of some of the most moving songs in popular music, live in concert," the news provider said.

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Brits plan Easter escapes

Millions of Brits are planning to escape the doom and gloom with holidays to Spain and other destinations.

According to travel site Sunshine.co.uk, holiday sales for this Easter are up 40 per cent compared to the previous year, suggesting that despite the downturn, Brits are not planning to sacrifice their holidays.

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Alhambra writings translated

Writings on the walls of Spain's Alhambra Palace have been translated.

After five years of work, researchers from the Upper Council for Scientific Investigation have created a DVD featuring translations of more than 3,000 Arabic inscriptions, Typically Spanish reports.

"The writing is part of the beauty of the building and now we also know what is being said. Some of the inscriptions come from poems and others are individual words such as 'greeting' or 'blessing'," the news source said.

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Brits 'saving for holidays'

British consumers are setting money aside to pay for holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been revealed.

A recent survey carried out by financial services provider NS&I found that the average Brit saved £86.35 per month over the last year.

Of those polled, 46 per cent said they were saving up for a relaxing holiday.

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Travelling with no insurance is 'not worth the risk'

Taking a holiday in Spain without travel insurance is not worth the risk, it has been claimed.

Insurance specialist RIAS also urged holidaymakers not to make their decisions based on price alone and to consider the level of cover they are buying.

Although cheap quotes often seem attractive, they may not provide an adequate level of cover.

Janet Connor, managing director of the company, said that travel insurance should be seen as an essential purchase and is as important as arranging visas and vaccines.

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Malaga Film Festival

Brits taking holidays in Spain next month will have the opportunity to soak up some culture at the Malaga Film Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the 2009 event is set to be bigger than ever, Typically Spanish reports.

The festival takes place from April 17th to 25th and will include the premiers of six feature films.

"A new ZonaZine will be dedicated to 32 shorts, 11 from Latin America and 20 documentaries, and a large marquee will be erected in the Plaza de la Constitution to generate more interest in the growing festival," the news provider stated.

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Flybe urges government to scrap tax plans

Low fares airline Flybe is urging the government to shelve its plans to introduce Air Passenger Duty in November.

The carrier said it has written a letter to chancellor Alistair Darling suggesting that the government follow the lead set by the Dutch authorities, which last week abolished Air Passenger Tax for travellers.

Mike Rutter, Flybe's chief commercial officer, said although it is unlikely the government will abolish its tax plan completely, they could consider putting it on ice.

"Such a move would be a tangible stimulus to the British economy and send out a very clear message that the government cares about industries other than just the banking sector," he added.

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Ryanair takes delivery of 200th aircraft

Budget airline Ryanair, which operates regular flights to Spain, has taken delivery of its 200th Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft.

The airline anticipates that it will carry around 78 million passengers over the coming year and claims that their average fare is now just 34 euros.

To celebrate the arrival of its newest plane, the airline has launched a sale offering one million seats for ten euros for selected flights across its European network during the months of April, May and June.

Ryanair spokesman Staphen McNamara said the airline is proud to be operating the "youngest, greenest and most fuel efficient fleet of any major European airline".

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