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Brits 'taking holidays but spending less'

British consumers are still booking holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been claimed.

However, a new poll has revealed that holidaymakers are planning to spend almost £300 less this year.

Research carried out by Holiday-Rentals revealed that the average family is planning to spend £2,092 on a break abroad this year.

The poll suggested that the biggest cutbacks will be on transport, with families expected to spend £82 less on getting to their destination than they did in 2007.

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Weddings to come onboard easyJet flights?

Passengers on flights to La Manga could soon be able to get married while in the air, if easyJet gets its way.

The budget airline, which flies to Almeria, Murcia and Alicante on the Costa Blanca, has enquired with authorities as to whether its captains will be able to officiate weddings.

If its proposals are accepted, couples will be able to depart the UK as engaged and arrive for their holidays in Spain as husband and wife, eTravel reports.

"If our request is replied positively, then so called 'floating on cloud nine' would get a new meaning for people in love - and we can offer another special service to our passengers," commented Paul Simmons, UK regional general manager for easyJet.

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Free nights offer at La Manga Club

Those heading on tennis holidays at La Manga Club in the coming months will be able to get even more value for money, thanks to the resort's Free Nights offer.

Guests at the five-star La Manga Club Principe Filipe hotel and the four-star Las Lomas Village can take advantage of the deal, which runs through medium and high season and applies to rooms only.

At the hotel, holidaymakers can enjoy one night in every four for free during medium season and one in seven in summer.

For those booking Spanish holiday villas at Las Lomas Village, two nights in every seven will be complimentary during both seasons, while one in every four will be free during medium season.

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Celeb allure at La Manga Club

The celebrity-pulling power of holidaying to La Manga Club has been cited as one of the main reasons to book a break at the luxurious resort.

According to the Sun, La Manga Club is favourite with many famous faces, with various stars having spent time there over the years.

England football hero David Beckham, Hollywood big gun Matt Damon and French actress Juliette Binoche are among the A-list names to have checked in to the Spanish holiday resort.

However, as the newspaper reports, holidaymakers do not need to have a bank balance as big as the Beckhams' to enjoy living the high life at La Manga.

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Cricketer has "excellent time" in La Manga

La Manga Club is famous for its outstanding sports facilities, with three golf courses, 28 tennis courts and a host of training pitches.

Members of the Celtic squad recently heaped praise on the resort for the standards they experienced when taking a break there - a chorus to which one cricketer has now added her voice.

Diane Pedgrift has recently been selected for the Scottish women's cricket side and spent time last week at the ICC Europe Training Camp.

Commenting on the spell, she told the Arbroath Herald that she had "an excellent time" on the training holiday in La Manga Club.

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Holidays in Spain are 'cheapest in eurozone'

Staying in Spanish holiday villas could be one of the most affordable options available to British tourists at the moment.

That is the latest finding of Post Office Travel Services, which ranked Spain as the cheapest destination within the eurozone in its annual holiday costs barometer report.

Many holidaymakers may have been tempted in recent months to consider holidaying beyond traditional favourites such as Spain, with the pound weakening against the euro of late.

However, eurozone countries have heeded the warning and are cutting prices to entice wavering visitors back, the organisation found.

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Free rounds on golf holidays in La Manga Club

Those booking golf holidays in Spain now have even more reason to choose La Manga Club, after the resort revealed it will be offering free rounds to many guests.

Golfers who make their bookings for holidays at the Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe before May 18th will be entitled to a free round for each night they stay.

That equates to a saving of 71 euros (£48) a day, meaning golfers could be saving hundreds over a week-long break.

The deal applies to any holiday taken before July 10th or between August 23rd and 31st.

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Hot weather predicted for bank holiday in La Manga

Those planning last minute holidays in Spain should make sure they pack plenty of suntan lotion - as experts are predicted a scorcher.

The latest weather forecasts from the Spanish Meteorological Agency suggest that the south of Spain will enjoy temperatures of up to 30 degrees in the south over the bank holiday weekend - great news for sun worshippers holidaying in La Manga Club.

It seems the south is the place to be this weekend from a sunshine point of view. Central Spain will enjoy less impressive though still respectable highs of 24 degrees.

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Antony and the Johnsons to play in Murcia

Music lovers planning on holidaying in La Manga Club might be interested to learn that Antony and the Johnsons are planning a show in Murcia.

The band, fronted by Antony Hegarty, will be playing at the Auditorio de Murcia on May 7th - one of only three shows the New York-based outfit will be playing in Spain.

Tickets for the Murcia gig are still available, but those interested in renting a car in Murcia and driving to the gig may like to act soon, as the other two dates - in Madrid and San Sebastian - have already sold out.

News of the European tour comes after critical and commercial success for Antony's other band, the disco-influenced Hercules and Love Affair.

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A 'good book' advised for holidays to Spain

One of the essentials to pack before holidaying in La Manga Club is some absorbing reading material.

That is the advice of actress Emilia Fox, who believes the essentials for the perfect holiday are "a good book, good company and great food" - as well as sunshine, preferably.

Fox, who has starred in adaptations of novels such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, told the Telegraph that having a book with you can even make the travel as enjoyable as the holiday itself.

"I love the feeling of being transported to another world when I'm travelling, then arriving at my destination," she explained.

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