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Brits must 'include stag do costs in wedding budget'

British brides and grooms looking to take flights to Spain ahead of the big day are being advised to include the costs of their stag dos and hen parties in their wedding budget.

According to, by accommodating these costs from the beginning, betrothed couples will be able to enjoy their last nights of freedom to the full extent.

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Spanish holidays 'popular for hen dos'

Spanish holidays are a popular way for brides-to-be in Britain to enjoy their last sojourn as singletons with family and friends, it has been revealed.

According to, while males prefer to travel to locations such as Dublin and Amsterdam for so-called lads holidays, British females prefer to take flights to Spain to enjoy the sun, sea and sangria.

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Translation help for Brits on Spanish holidays

Britons enjoying Spanish holidays in the coastal resort of Mazarron can now benefit from a new translation system.

Typically Spanish reports that Mazarron Town Hall is now offering linguistic assistance for visitors and town residents - 46 per cent of whom are non-natives to Spain - by use of a headset.

The system utilises a mobile phone and two types of headsets which provide a simultaneous translation in a variety of languages, including English, French, German and Arabic.

The pilot scheme will also be available in Puerto de Mazarron in the near future, according to La Opinion de Murcia, typically Spanish reports.

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Russians prefer villa holidays in Spain

The traditional stereotype of British holidaymakers racing German tourists for sun loungers first thing in the morning on Spanish holidays may soon be a thing of the past, one commentator has suggested.

According to, middle-class Russian holidaymakers are increasingly choosing to spend their holidays - and their money - at Spanish holiday resorts typically favoured by the British.

Indeed those staying at Spanish villas with pools may find that the rush for the communal sun beds is over, as lastminute.

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Golf holidays in Spain 'suit all'

holidays in Spain are perfect for those travelling on a range of budgets, it has been claimed.

According to GO2Spain, the country boasts sunshine and the "sparkling" Mediterranean Sea in addition to luxurious hotels and great restaurants.

In particular, it notes that the so-called "golf mile" is the "ultimate experience" for golf lovers and features five of Spain's best courses.

And it was recently reported that a selection of golfers from Sussex were victorious at a recent golf tournament hosted by La Manga Club.

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Spanish holidays 'have competitive edge'

Spanish holidays have a competitive edge in terms of attracting tourists, it has been revealed.

A study from the World Economic Forum has shown Spain to have the fifth most "conducive environment" for developing the travel and tourism industry.

The Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report also listed Spanish holidays as in the top-ten for environmental sustainability.

"Customers increasingly demand green tourism services and global private travel and tourism players have a growing need to pick up this opportunity and promote destinations that follow a long-term environmentally sustainable strategy," Adrian Foster, vice-president Booz Allen Hamilton said according to TravelMole.

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Those taking flights to Spain 'should be clear about travel insurance'

Britons taking family holidays in Spain should be sure not to confuse overseas credit card protection with travel insurance, it has been noted.

According to the UK trade association for payments, Apacs, the overseas credit card protection offered by the Consumer Credit Act is not something that works as a form of travel insurance and should not be treated as such.

The comment comes after a landmark ruling by the House of Lords last year confirmed that as part of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, Britons will be protected when purchasing goods on their credit cards when overseas.

"Section 75 covers everyone, by right, through the 1974 Consumer Credit Act, but customers should not confuse this with travel insurance," Mark Bowerman, a spokesperson for Apacs commented.

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Tourism 'supports economies'

Spanish holidays may not only benefit those taking flights to Spain for sunshine, sea and sangria, but also those living in the local communities, it has been asserted.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), although it is argued that tourism may have an effect on the environment, it also plays a "vital" role in supporting countries' economies.

The comment comes after TNS Online Omnibus' "Environmental issues when choosing a holiday" research undertaken in February 2007 revealed that 65 per cent of people would not change their travel plans to reduce their holiday's environmental impact.

"Any kind of activity which involves moving is going to have an environmental impact.

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Mar Menor 'must be protected'

Those familiar with La Manga Club holidays will appreciate the beauty of the Mar Menor inland sea.

This still lagoon should now enjoy better protection from pollution as the San Javier water purification plant comes under the responsibility of the government of Murcia and, according to the Costa Blanca Leader, by mid-2008, no contaminated water will reach the Mar Menor

Spain's environment minister Cristina Narbona stated that the "principle benefit" of the project should be the regeneration of the Mar Menor.

"This is the government of Spain's biggest contribution to the Mar Menor," Ms Narbona was quoted by the publication as saying.

She added that the beauty of the Mar Menor attracts tourism which helps to support the area and as such should be "protected".

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Welsh travellers choose Spanish holidays

Residents of Wales rated Spanish holidays as their number one international destination in 2007, it has been reported.

According to the Western Mail, Spain dislodged France from the top spot in terms of the number of people taking flights to Spain from Cardiff airport last year, figures from the Welsh Assembly government's 2007 digest of air transport statistics show.

The top-ten list sees Spanish holidays in the number one position, followed by Portugal, Turkey, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, the US and France.

Scheduled flights to Spain were particularly popular last year, a factor which the Western Mail claims reflects the popularity of booking flights and accommodation online.

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