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Traffic radars launched in Malaga

The streets of Malaga are about to be made safer by the introduction of new city-centre traffic radars.

Four radars have already been installed in Malaga and will begin operating soon, Euro Weekly reports.

The radars will help to ensure that drivers do not exceed city speed limits and the flow of traffic in and out of Malaga is not disrupted.

Radars are situated at various points across the city, with one on the Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade and another situated between between Carril de la Chupa and Tabacalera.

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Holidaymakers urged to get travel cover

Taking out a good travel insurance policy has never been so important, it has been claimed.

Speaking yesterday, (October 6th), Bruce Kirby, chief executive of Medex Global Group, said that travel insurance cover was economical and sensible, offering travellers the opportunity to protect themselves against the huge medical costs associated with overseas hospital stays.

Mr Kirby added that too often those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations associate travel insurance with lost luggage and delays; however, he pointed out that a good policy offers protection against dozens of potential problems.

"Nothing can put a family or business at risk like an international medical emergency.

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Cartagena announced as host for MTV Murcia night

The waiting is over for music fans anticipating the announcement of the whereabouts of next summer's MTV Murcia Night.

Cartagena has been unveiled as the host for the event, which is set to be broadcast across Europe - including in the UK.

Holidaymakers looking to get themselves on television might like to time their break at La Manga Club for early July - as the event will be taking place around then, the Euro Weekly News reports.

Entrance will be free for the concert, which will be held at the University of Cartagena and will have a capacity of 35,000 spectators.

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Faster trains on Murcia-Alicante route

Renting a car in Murcia is one way to get about the region while holidaying in La Manga Club, but for those who cannot drive, taking the train is one alternative.

And, from early next year, passengers on Renfe's rail services will be able to enjoy a new, upgraded service.

An investment in the Alicante-Murcia route will see 560 new passenger trains introduced, the Euro Weekly News reports.

The high-speed AVE trains are capable of travelling at more than 160 kilometres an hour - and it is hoped that the faster service will attract 150 million new passengers over the next two years.

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Another boost for Murcia drivers

Renting a car in Murcia is one of the best ways to get the most out of a holiday in La Manga Club, expanding the range of options one has and freeing up one's itinerary.

Those who take advantage of car hire in Murcia - for example, by booking a vehicle in advance via the La Manga Club website - will soon be able to benefit from a better quality of road in the region.

Roads running through Cartagena, San Javier, Torre Pacheco, Los Alcazares, La Union, San Pedro del Pinatar and Fuente Alamo are all set to be improved under a new government initiative, Round Town news reports.

The news follows last week's announcement that Murcia's motorways are set to be improved in a 200 million-euro scheme.

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US holidaymakers still paying for happy shopping

As Americans gear up for their winter holidays, some of them will still be counting the cost of last year's expenditure.

Research by Consumer Reports found that six per cent of people in the US still have debt from last year, which could impact on their plans for this year.

Nearly half (49 per cent) said that they would be cutting back on travel, while 59 per cent aim to buy fewer presents over the festive period.

Nevertheless, Americans remain optimistic that this year's Christmas will be as enjoyable as last year's, with 88 per cent expecting to have at least as much fun as they did in 2007.

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Economic issues 'not affecting tourism'

British people are unlikely to cut back on their major holidays, despite economic issues being increasingly high on the agenda, it has been suggested.

With the credit crunch affecting people's mortgages and ability to get loans, and utility bills becoming more expensive, many people are willing to cut back on additional short breaks.

But when it comes to taking one main holiday a year, 90 per cent of Brits will not let the economic clouds stop them from seeking brighter skies abroad, Imaginative Traveller found in a survey.

The company's managing director Matt West was quoted by Travel Trade Gazette as saying: "Travel is an integral part of most people’s lifestyles and while they may cut down on secondary holidays and short breaks, they are still willing to factor in at least one memorable holiday per year.

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Sample mineral water in Murcia

Teetotal diners holidaying to La Manga Club can now enjoy the same sense of adventure as their wine-supping colleagues, thanks to the Aqva restaurant.

Located in Murcia, the establishment offers a choice of 110 different mineral waters - the equivalent of an exceptional wine cellar.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the restaurant includes a bottle of rainwater sourced from the Austrian mountains and - for more expensive tastes - a variety called Bling worth 50 euros (£39.89).

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Theatre festival in Alicante

This weekend marks the beginning of a week-long celebration of all that is new in Spanish theatre.

Running from November 7th to 16th, the Exhibition of Contemporary Spanish Theatre will be held for the 16th time in Alicante, Torrevieja.com reports.

Venues such as the Arniches Theatre, Lo Morant Park and the University of Alicante Audotorium will be utilised as the best of present-day theatre in the country is performed.

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New station set for Alicante Airport

Holidaymakers arriving on flights to Spain might soon have another means of getting from Alicante Airport to their holiday destinations.

Plans have been drawn up to place a high-speed AVE station at the airport, which is located close to La Manga Club.

At present, arriving visitors can get to their resort by train, bus or taxi, according to Alicante-spain.com.

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