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Costa Blanca hotels set for 'Easter boom'

Hotels in the Costa Blanca region of Spain are preparing for a busy Easter period, it has been revealed.

According to Hosbec, the Benidorm and Costa Blanca hoteliers Association, hotels in the area could have occupancy rates of up to 90 per cent over Easter, as families from across Europe take holidays in Spain.

The organisation's president, Antoni Mayor said that most hotels are already around 70 per cent full and with last-minute bookings that figure is expected to increase considerably, Typically Spanish reports.

Meanwhile, families looking to get away this Easter could consider holidaying at La Manga Club in Murcia.

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Easter holidaymakers urged to buy insurance

Nearly two-thirds of British holidaymakers would consider jetting abroad without travel insurance, it has been revealed.

The survey, which was carried out by Moneysupermarket.com, also found that one in 12 people never take out cover.

Maxine Baker, travel insurance manager at the site, said she is shocked at the number of people who would take holidays to Spain and other destinations without buying insurance.

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Bosses offer staff 'longer holidays'

Longer holidays in Spain could be on the cards for many British workers this year, as many employers increase annual holiday allowances.

According to figures from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the average UK manager has been given three additional holidays over the last year, bringing annual leave up to 28 days a year.

The research also found that an increasing number of people are being offered time off in lieu rather than being paid for overtime work, the Telegraph reports.

Professor Lord Eatwell, chief economist at the CMI, said it was encouraging that workers were being offered holidays rather than being made redundant.

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Brits go online for 'cheap deals'

An increasing number of Brits are opting to search for their holidays to Spain and other destinations online rather than visiting travel agents, it has been claimed.

According to research carried out by travel searching engine Kayak.co.uk, around 85 per cent of Brits are still planning to jet abroad this year.

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Brits set to receive a 'warm welcome' in Spain

British holidaymakers taking a break in Spain can expect to receive an even warmer welcome then usual this year.

Spanish hoteliers, shopkeepers and taxi drivers are being invited to attend a series of seminars aimed at helping them to improve their English skills and be more friendly towards tourists.

According to the Telegraph, those attending the lectures will be taught key phrases such as "have a nice day" and taxi drivers will be urged to keep their cars looking clean and smelling fresh.

The programme of events is being organised by the Lanzarote Chamber of Commerce at a cost of around 40,000 euros.

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Tennis holidays at La Manga Club

Located in south-east Spain, in the popular region of Murcia, La Manga Club basks in sunshine for more than 300 days every year – which could make it the perfect destination for a tennis holiday.

Sprawling over 1,400 acres, the resort is home to a five-star hotel, a wide selection of holiday apartments and more than 20 restaurants and bars.

Guests taking a tennis holiday at La Manga Club will be spoilt for choice, with 28 multi-surface courts available, including four AstroTurf courts and four hard courts. In addition, there are two paddle tennis areas and a squash court.

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Golf holidays at La Manga Club

Those looking to take a relaxing golf holiday this year should look no further than La Manga Club in Spain.

Situated near Murcia, the resort basks in sunshine throughout the year and is widely considered to be one of Europe's top golf destinations.

La Manga boasts three championship golf courses and with airlines such as Ryanair, Jet2, bmibaby and easyJet all serving the south of Spain, the resort is easily accessible for those travelling from the UK.

In addition, it has scooped several prestigious awards in the past and was named as Europe's leading golf destination at the World Travel Awards in 2001, 2003 and 2005.

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Flybe urges government to scrap tax plans

Low fares airline Flybe is urging the government to shelve its plans to introduce Air Passenger Duty in November.

The carrier said it has written a letter to chancellor Alistair Darling suggesting that the government follow the lead set by the Dutch authorities, which last week abolished Air Passenger Tax for travellers.

Mike Rutter, Flybe's chief commercial officer, said although it is unlikely the government will abolish its tax plan completely, they could consider putting it on ice.

"Such a move would be a tangible stimulus to the British economy and send out a very clear message that the government cares about industries other than just the banking sector," he added.

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Ryanair takes delivery of 200th aircraft

Budget airline Ryanair, which operates regular flights to Spain, has taken delivery of its 200th Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft.

The airline anticipates that it will carry around 78 million passengers over the coming year and claims that their average fare is now just 34 euros.

To celebrate the arrival of its newest plane, the airline has launched a sale offering one million seats for ten euros for selected flights across its European network during the months of April, May and June.

Ryanair spokesman Staphen McNamara said the airline is proud to be operating the "youngest, greenest and most fuel efficient fleet of any major European airline".

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Jackson Browne to play Murcia gig

Music legend Jackson Browne is set to perform in Murcia later this year.

The US singer/songwriter will take to the stage on May 16th at the Auditorio y Centro de Congressos Victor Villegas, Round Town News reports.

Tickets are available from several outlets across the city, including the Auditorio y Centro de Congressos ticket office and Havana Cafe.

"Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the writer and performer of some of the most moving songs in popular music, live in concert," the news provider said.

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