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T5 Spanish holiday travellers 'should check with insurer'

Britons who encountered problems while taking flights to Spain from Heathrow's recently opened Terminal 5 should check with their insurer to see if they are covered, it has been reported.

According to a spokesperson for the Association of British Insurers (ABI) it is important that those who had flights to Spain booked from the Heathrow terminal check with their insurer as to whether the policy was taken out before or after the problems began.

Spokesperson Malcolm Tarling told BBC Radio 4's The World at One: "If you've taken out a policy before Terminal 5 opened and the problems obviously became apparent, then that policy will continue - there will be no problems there."

Mr Tarling explained that the Montreal Convention international agreement would allow holidaymakers to claim for compensation against lost or damaged baggage direct from the carrier.

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Currency pointers for those taking flights to Spain

As the euro gains strength against the pound sterling Britons have been offered tips on how to get the best out of their currency.

John Nicholas, director of Travelex - a worldwide money business - remarked that holidaymakers are becoming more "savvy" when it comes to fluctuating exchange rates.

Earlier this month, Post Office revealed that the pound sterling currency is now worth almost 17 per cent less against the euro than in April 2007.

"However, if people have already booked their trips to Europe there are ways to make sure they get the most for their holiday cash - one way is by pre-ordering their holiday cash to guarantee the best price foreign currency commission-free," Mr Nicholas advised.

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Brits 'can be carbon-friendly on villa holiday in Spain'

UK travelers can extend their eco-friendly ways while enjoying a luxury holiday in Spain, it has been noted.

According to Carbon Footprint, there are a number of measures travellers can take when on Spanish holidays to keep their harmful emissions to a minimum.

Founder of Carbon Footprint John Buckley commented that taking the train could be one way of minimising your carbon footprint on a Spanish holiday.

"Look at the most efficient way of getting there in terms of the carbon emissions," Mr Buckley advised, adding that "if you can get around on a bike then certainly do that, or walk.

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'Good time' for all-inclusive holidays in Spain

There has 'never been a better time' to book a Spanish holiday, it has been argued by one commentator.

According to Thomsonfly, the best way to make the most of the weakened pound sterling against the stronger euro is to book onto an all-inclusive holiday.

The remark follows comment from the Post Office in April 2008 which revealed that the sterling is worth almost 17 per cent less against the euro than in April 2007.

"As additional costs in European destinations - food and beverage, for example - would be paid in euros exchanged from pounds, there has never been a better time to book an all-inclusive holiday," Alan Pugh, head of planning and trading at Thomsonfly, observed.

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Ticket booking advice for travellers taking flights to Spain

Britons booking family flights to Spain this summer have been issued advice on how best to go about doing so.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), parents booking family holidays to Spain with small children should look at more than simply the headline price in relation to their flights to Alicante.

Press officer for Abta Sean Tipton claimed that so-called budget airlines may not prove to be so when examined in closer detail.

Parents are advised to check whether such airlines offer discounts for children on flights to Spain and whether they are in the city centre and accessible.

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Tennis holidays at La Manga Club

As summer approaches the build-up to the famed Wimbledon tennis tournament in June is not far off.

If you are a tennis enthusiast and want to hone your own tennis skills, a holiday at La Manga Club could be the perfect break this year.

Located on the Costa Calida, on a tennis holiday at La Manga Club you can relax outside your villa with a pool before trying out your skills at the internationally renowned tennis centre.

Whether you want to take your tennis holiday in June during Wimbledon or in December, the year-round climate of the Mar Menor means that you can play tennis on the floodlit courts at any time.

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"Promising" cricketers train at La Manga Club

Famous for its tennis, golf and football facilities, La Manga Club also attracts sporting stars from other categories.

Isle of Man Today reports that two young cricketers from the Isle of Man have been invited to attend the tenth annual ICC European Centre of Excellence at La Manga Club this week, beginning April 14th 2008.

The men, Alasdair Slack of Cronkbourne Cricket Club and Bradley Marshall of Castletown Cricket Club, arrived at La Manga Club on Monday April 14th.

At La Manga Club they will engage in practice sessions and training from top coaches

La Manga Club is famous for its tennis and golf facilities but it also boasts two cricket pitches with artificial wickets and a four-bay net area.

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'Book flights to Spain early' Britons advised

Britons are being advised to book their flights to Spain as early as possible in order to avoid the high season prices.

Go2Spain notes that as the summer holiday season approaches, prices can "soar".

The online resource also recommends the Costa del Sol as a great holiday region with resorts like Nerja boasting a "full range" of water sports activities such as water skiing, sailing and scuba diving.

Torremolinos, a former fishing villages turned package holiday haven, is also listed as a popular resort alongside the stylish resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

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Spanish holidays 'in the top three'

Spain is still one world's top tourist destinations, it has been reported.

According to Pilar Oliver, of Spanish travel portal Cielo, the number of British travellers taking flights to Spain is on the rise.

Ms Oliver added that the most visited resorts in Spain are Benidorm, Barcelona, Torremolinos and Benalmadena, as well as the Spanish islands of Majorca in the Balearics and Tenerife in the Canaries.

She added that low-cost airlines offer flights to different locations in Britain and Europe to Spain with affordable travel likely to increase the inflow of tourists taking holidays in Spain.

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More people taking flights to Spain from Birmingham

Last month, as Britons the country over packed their bags and took flights to Spain for some Easter sunshine, one airport particularly benefited from the UK's desire for Spanish holidays in the spring.

Birmingham International Airport handled 730,307 passengers during March, with 595,306 scheduled passengers and 135,001 charter passengers taking flights to Spain and other destinations from the airport's two passenger terminals.

This total "smashed" the previous highest figure for the month of March and reflected an increase of 8.4 per cent on the total for 2007.

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