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Breathalyser tests set for Murcia this Christmas

Those renting a car in Murcia this winter may be interested to learn that local authorities will be particularly vigilant in keeping dangerous drivers off the road.

Christmas is traditionally a time when many people will be attending parties and perhaps enjoying an alcoholic drink - and so the DGT traffic authority is aiming to increase its efforts to keep drunk drivers away from their vehicles.

According to, more than 710 officers will be deployed in the region, conducting 400 breathalyser tests a day until January 7th.

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Britons 'see summer holidays as a necessity'

Regardless of the state of the economy, it would seem that Britons are unwilling to let go of the prospect of a summer holiday.

That is the opinion of Thomson Holidays, which recently conducted research which showed that summer holidays are now an ingrained feature of many people's year.

"For us at least, summer holidays are no longer considered a luxury, but as a necessity," Thomson and First Choice's customer director Tim Williamson said.

Holidaying in La Manga Club could be an option for many of those tenacious holidaymakers, according to Mr Williamson.

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La Manga Club is 'perfect' for honeymoons

With its fantastic array of facilities, top-class restaurants, luxury health spa and enviable location, La Manga Club in Murcia is the ideal place for a honeymoon.

Couples will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sports and leisure activities, with everything from golf to relaxing facials on offer.

Furthermore, the club is an excellent base from which to explore the Andalucia region and newlyweds can make the most of their holiday by hiring a car via the La Manga Club website.

Couples can enjoy a candlelit dinner at the La Cala beach restaurant, or savour Mediterranean dishes cooked with the finest fresh ingredients at the renowned Amapola Restaurant.

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Brits flock to Spain for festive fun in the sun

Thousands of British holidaymakers are preparing to take flights to Spain with low-fares airline Monarch over the coming week.

Last week Monarch revealed it will be flying over 140,000 passengers to destinations such as Spain before January 5th.

According to the airline, some of its most popular routes include Alicante and Malaga, with British holidaymakers clearly attracted by the warm weather, unspoiled beaches and fantastic range of visitor facilities.

Fellow budget airline bmibaby announced last week that it experienced a "surge" in bookings after launching a sale earlier this month.

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Holidaymakers urged to 'pack with care'

Britons taking flights to Spain over the festive season have been urged to pack their suitcases with care.

BAA, which operates several of the country's biggest airports, has warned passengers that hand-luggage restrictions still apply and that liquids over 100 ml are to be stored in the hold.

Sharp items such as tweezers and nail scissors are also prohibited and passengers are advised to leave their present wrapping until they reach their destination.

Ian Hutcheson, BAA security director, commented: "We want to ensure the security process is as efficient as possible, and so we’re advising passengers to check the hand baggage restrictions before they come to the airport.

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Record figures at Birmingham Airport

Despite the current economic downturn, it is business as usual for holidaymakers in Birmingham.

Birmingham International Airport has experienced its busiest November on record, with Brits clearly keen to escape the doom and gloom by taking holidays in La Manga Club and other sunny destinations.

Figures show that over 620,000 people passed through the airport during November, representing a 1.6 per cent increase on the same period in 2007.

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Millions of Brits prepare for 'great escape'

Millions of British holidaymakers are preparing to make their festive escape this weekend.

Figures from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), show that three million Britons are set to travel between Christmas and New Year.

According to Abta, Britons are as keen as ever to take holidays to Spain and other sunny destinations, despite the current economic climate.

More than one million people will travel through Heathrow Airport, with Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester also expected to be particularly busy.

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Duty free increase is 'perfect timing'

The recent decision to increase duty free allowances has been welcomed by one organisation and described as "perfect timing".

It was decided earlier this month to raise the duty free allowance to £300 for people travelling to the UK, with that figure set to increase to £340 in January.

According to

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Spain set for mild winter

There is good news for those taking holidays to Spain over the coming months, after it was revealed that the country is set to enjoy a mild winter.

Spanish Meteorological Agency AHMET has predicted that an anticyclone will prevent rain for the majority of the country until at least Christmas day, reported Typically Spanish.

Furthermore, forecasters believe the next three months will be warmer than usual, with temperatures remaining mild until March.

The weather prediction is good news for those holidaying at La Manga Club during the winter months, with guests able to enjoy the resort's outdoor facilities.

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More Germans to take holidays in Spain

The number of Germans enjoying holidays in Spain is set to increase over the coming year, with a number of new flight routes set to open.

Air Berlin will soon begin operating more flights to El Altet Airport in Alicante, with some going via Palma de Mallorca.

The tourist industry in southern Spain is hoping the increase in German visitors will make up for the loss of any holidaymakers as a result of the current economic downturn, Typically Spanish reports.

El Altet is already one of Air Berlin's busiest Spanish destinations and the increase in flights is likely to bring an additional 150,000 German holidaymakers to the Costa Blanca area during the winter months.

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