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Value seekers told to book Spanish holidays

Bargain-hunting Brits have been advised to book themselves a Spanish holiday this year, following research rating the destination as the best for those of a budget.

With an increasing number of people keeping an eye on the purse strings due to the credit crunch, news of Spanish holidays representing excellent value for money will be music to the ears of those unwilling to sacrifice their dream holiday, the Mirror reports.

Spanish holidays were found to be the cheapest short-haul option for Brits by the research, which showed that holiday essentials such as food and drinks could be up to £200 per week less expensive in Spain than in Italy, Turkey, Greece and the Algarve.

Further good news for cost-cutters is that car rental in Murcia may also prove a money-saving choice, with the research showing that car rental in Spain is on average £100 per week cheaper than in rival destination Greece.

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Spanish holidays set to be Bank Holiday favourite

Spanish holidays have been revealed as the top choice for British tourists travelling abroad on bank holiday weekend.

Approximately 1.9 million tourists will be packing out Spanish holiday destinations, according to figures from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), including those heading for golf or tennis excursions in the sun.

President of Abta Justin Fleming told travelmole.

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Fairway prodigy plans long golf holiday

A future in the city beckons for one young golfer but, before he picks up his briefcase and heads off into the metropolis, he is insistent on having one last long golf holiday.

In fact, New Zealander James Gill is hoping that the holiday may even turn into a career as he finishes off a university course in Scotland.

The youngster has just picked up a master's in finance at St Andrews University but is putting the prospect of a lucrative job on hold while he pursues his dream.

"Having my degree should take a lot of pressure off me in the next four-five or more years.

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Book kids' golf and tennis lessons at the Hyatt Regency

Mums and dads have long been able to enjoy the tennis and golf facilities at La Manga Club - and now it seems the kids can too.

Sons and daughters might even find that they are the match of their parents after a spell of training as part of the new Active Kids package.

The Hyatt Regency La Manga has just launched the seven-night Spanish holiday deal, offering tuition in not just tennis and golf but also kite surfing, TTG reports.

Available during July and August, the scheme comes on the back of customer feedback which found that a majority of children would enjoy golf, tennis and other sports during their Spanish holiday.

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Golf courses 'attracting Spanish holiday home investors'

The popularity of golfholidays in Spain is causing many investors to purchase holiday homes near golf courses, it has been claimed.

Southern Spain has long been a favourite Spanish holiday destination, but the added attraction of world-class golf resorts, such as La Manga Club, is persuading an increasing number of enthusiasts to make their trip more permanent, according to Forbes.

Realtor Kristina Szekely is quoted by the publication as saying: "People love southern Spain because we have got everything here.

"We have got all the big shops, fabulous weather and some of the world's best golf courses.

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More Brits heading abroad

The number of Brits going on vacation this year has increased by two per cent in the first three months of the year, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

Up to 18 million people are expected to go on holiday in the next three months. However, visits to Europe fell by one per cent in the first quarter.

Overseas tourism increased by six per cent in the UK in the first quarter of the year, however, visits to the UK from the US fell by six per cent during the same period.

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Brits planning to spend on Spanish holidays

One in three people in the UK are planning a holiday abroad despite the stretched economic climate at the moment, according to research by American Express Traveller's Cheques.

The company interviewed 2,000 Brits about their holiday plans and finances and found that 38 per cent would not forgo their summer getaway despite their finances being tight.

Holidaymakers are expected to spend on average £773 while abroad, not including flights and accommodation, with many people planning a Spanish holiday or otherwise.

Across the UK, the study found that 13 per cent of people are putting off a major purchase, such as a TV, sofa or new garden furniture, to go on holiday this year.

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Train with a tennis pro in La Manga

Tennis fans taking a Spanish holiday this summer will have an opportunity to train with the professionals at La Manga Club.

The popular Spanish holiday resort offers personalised tuition from a team of top tennis professionals using the latest hi-tech equipment to improve the game of all travellers, whether complete beginners or seasoned players.

La Manga's 28 training courts also double up as the official winter training grounds for the Lawn Tennis Association, which has previously stated: "La Manga Club is the premier sports and leisure resort in Europe."

Director of tennis and leisure Lorenzo Martinez has assembled a dream team of over 20 coaching staff, which includes international coach and UK national-level player Fraser Wright and former ATP world singles-ranked Dani Dios.

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Tourism boss cites golf role in Spanish holiday boost

The lure of great golf may prove the secret behind the success of a new Spanish holiday flight route from the UK, it has been claimed.

Flybe will launch its new route from Norwich International Airport to Spanish holiday destinations in July and tourism bosses believe classic country golf could lure Spaniards to the UK, according to the Norwich Evening News.

Commercial manager of LTE Maria Luisa Moreno told the newspaper: "They will want to come and play golf here - the flight is only two hours.

Flybe has experienced a decline in passengers since dropping its winter flights to Spanish holiday destinations and hopes introducing summer flights to Barcelona, Palma and Alicante will boost its sales figures.

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Brits 'looking to drive on Spanish holidays'

Car rental in La Manga may become an increasingly popular option for Brits looking for the freedom of the road on their Spanish holiday.

New research by the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has found that driving holidays are proving a popular option among UK families, with one in ten now adopting the mode of travel for their European break.

Head of American Express Insurance Services Chris Rolland states: "The trend appears to be taking a return to family drive holidays."

Additional findings of the research included 32 per cent of Brits stating they would consider a caravan holiday and 27 per cent agreeing they would be happy campers if it meant they could take their car.

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