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Indian cricket legend to coach at La Manga Club

Those hoping to improve their cricket skills on holiday in Spain may be interested to learn that Indian cricket ace Farokh Engineer will be taking his talents to La Manga Club.

The legendary wicketkeeper and batsman will be at the resort from April 25th to 27th, where he will be running several coaching sessions.

Engineer, who is now an umpire in the Indian Premier League, has had a cricket career spanning 15 years and played in 46 test matches for his country.

Coaching sessions must be booked in advance and all proceeds will be donated to a charity supporting homeless children in Mumbai.

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Spain is 'most popular destination' for Brits

Official figures have revealed that Spain is still the most popular destination for British holidaymakers.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), holidays in Spain accounted for 27 per cent of overseas breaks in 2007, with over 12 million visits to destinations such as Alicante and Murcia.

ONS figures also show that Brits are taking more holidays abroad than ever and that trips overseas have risen by 56 per cent in the last decade.

"The volume of expenditure by UK tourists abroad has also risen over the years.

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Benidorm Chess Open

Top chess players from across the world are set to descend on Benidorm later this month for the annual Benidorm International Chess Open.

Taking place from April 24th to May 3rd, the competition will be held at the Deloix Aqua Hotel.

The event is now in its 22nd year and, according to the Beniform Spotlight, will involve ten rounds using the Swiss system.

"Just to demonstrate the importance of the competition in the Chess world there are a total of 21 Grand Masters and 30 International Masters participating," the news source stated.

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New town on Alicante Wine Route

Those taking holidays in Spain could soon have the opportunity to visit a new town on Alicante's Wine Route.

According to the Benidorm Spotlight, the mayor of Alfaz del Pi and two of the region's major wine producers are in talks with tourism chiefs about adding Alfaz to the Alicante Wine Route.

"Gema Amor, the tourism boss, sees no reason why Alfaz shouldn't join other wine producing areas from Alicante - Pinoso, Villena, Monovar, Alguena, Novelda, Hondon de los Frailes and Petrer," she added.

The Alicante region is home to dozens of vineyards and is one of Spain's most renowned wine producing areas.

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Holidays in Spain have 'youth appeal'

Young holidaymakers are heading to Spain in droves, it has been claimed.

While the number of Brits taking holidays this year may be down on previous times, the credit crunch has not deterred young people from jetting abroad.

According to a recent study by the Co-operative Travel, there has been an increase in the number of people under the age of 30 booking holidays in Spain.

The Costa Blanca is the fifth most popular destination for young holidaymakers, TravelMole reports.

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Clean-up operation launched for Costa del Sol

A new initiative has been launched to ensure that the beaches of the Costa del Sol remain as clean as possible for holidaymakers.

Over the next three years, 25 "clean-up boats" will patrol the Spanish coast and make sure that the sea remains pristine for bathers, Typically Spanish reports.

"The operation will be split into three regions, Axarquia with 11 boats, Western Costa del Sol with 12 boats, and Malaga City with four boats," the news provider said.

Almost six million euros has been set aside to pay for the clean-up plan, with the majority being contributed by local authorities.

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Costa Blanca hotels set for 'Easter boom'

Hotels in the Costa Blanca region of Spain are preparing for a busy Easter period, it has been revealed.

According to Hosbec, the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hoteliers Association, hotels in the area could have occupancy rates of up to 90 per cent over Easter, as families from across Europe take holidays in Spain.

The organisation's president, Antoni Mayor said that most hotels are already around 70 per cent full and with last-minute bookings that figure is expected to increase considerably, Typically Spanish reports.

Meanwhile, families looking to get away this Easter could consider holidaying at La Manga Club in Murcia.

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A wedding in Spain offers 'great value'

Weddings in Spain and other sunny destinations are becoming increasingly popular, particularly with couples tying the knot for the second time.

According to figures from wedding specialists Marry Abroad, the cost of getting hitched in the UK comes in at a whopping £20,000, compared to £5,000 for a wedding overseas.

"Second time marriages are popular abroad too so people who have done the big church wedding first time round and don't want to do it again, then choose to get married abroad," she commented.

Getting married in a country such as Spain also means there is less chance of rain.

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More overseas people moving to Alicante

The lure of southern Spain has seen the number of foreign residents living in Alicante City increase tenfold since a decade ago.

Figures reported by Typically Spanish suggest there are now 49,000 inhabitants living in the region who are originally from overseas - compared to 4,867 in 1998.

Britons make up 121,000 of the current figure living in the city, which is reachable by driving from La Manga Club and a great excuse for renting a car in Murcia.

However, the biggest foreign representations in the present population are made by people from Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina.

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Spain is 'top' for Brits buying abroad

Spanish holiday villas are among the top items on British property investors' wish lists, according to recent research.

Taylor Woodrow de Espana referred to recent figures that show Spain is still top of the tree when it comes to British investment on overseas property, beating off competition from France and Portugal.

The short-haul air fares and potential for golf holidays in Spain are just two of the factors causing investors to "vote with their feet", according to the company's sales and marketing director Victor Sague.

"Whether you're looking to live near the beach, on a golf course or be immersed in the 'real' Spain, there's bound to be a home for you," he said.

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