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Ryanair introduces new in-flight phone service

Those booking flights to Spain in the future may be interested to learn that Ryanair has introduced a new in-flight mobile phone service on a number of its aircraft.

The OnAir system has so far been installed on 20 planes; however, there are plans to roll the service out across Ryanair's whole fleet.

Michael O'Leary, the airline's chief executive, said this is likely to take place over the next 18 months.

"We expect customer demand for this service to grow rapidly and hope that customers of all UK mobile operators will soon be able to call or text home from 30,000 feet to tell loved ones of yet another on time Ryanair flight," he added.

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Short-term holidays 'on the increase'

Brits are changing their travel habits to beat the credit crunch, new research has revealed.

According to research by Essential Travel, there has been a "major shift in British holiday booking patterns".

It seems that people are happy to book short holidays to Spain and other destinations, but when it comes to lengthy summer holidays, people are waiting until the last minute.

Spokesman Stuart Bensusan commented: "'Short-termism' is where travellers are too nervous to pay for an expensive summer holiday now, but are savvy enough to know that there are last-minute bargains to be had online.

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Book your 'dream wedding' at La Manga Club

If you dream of tying the knot in the sunshine and treating your guests to a meal in luxury surroundings, then look no further than La Manga Club.

From start to finish, couples will be assisted in planning every part of their big day and La Manga offers a number of venues and function rooms, with something to suit all tastes.

The Gran Salon Panorama at Las Lomas Village is the ideal place to host a reception, with spectacular views and a large terrace.

There are a wide range of wedding menus available and guests will be in safe hands with the world-renowned Hyatt chefs.

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Explore the Spanish countryside at La Manga Club

Bordered on two sides by a stunning national park, La Manga Club is the ideal destination for holidaymakers keen to enjoy the great outdoors.

The resort may be famed for its exceptional golf and tennis facilities, however, there are many other leisure activities available in and around La Manga.

One way to make the most of the surrounding area is to hire a mountain bike and explore Calblanque Natural Park or take a ride to one of the neighbouring villages.

The park is home to numerous walking trails and guests can enjoy a refreshing trek to the summit of La Fuente hill.

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Benidorm is 'top' holiday hotspot

British holidaymakers just can't get enough of the Costa Blanca, according to new research.

In a recent poll carried out by Thomson, the resort of Benidorm was named as Britain's favourite holiday destination, the Mirror reports.

Brits are reportedly attracted by the good beaches, excellent range of facilities and vibrant nightlife, with more than 1.5 million visiting the area every year.

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Top tips for credit crunch travel

We may be in the midst of a credit crunch, but in some ways there has never been a better time to take a holiday.

Tour operators and airlines are slashing their prices left, right and centre, with some offering up to 50 per cent off.

According to leading flight comparison site

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Entrepreneurs invest in golf site

Those taking golf holidays at La Manga Club may be interested to learn that a website, developed in 2007 for golf enthusiasts, is to benefit from investment from Chris Brown and Chris Clarkson.

The duo, who founded Holiday Watchdog, will also be offering their entrepreneurial experience to, which was created by amateur golfers.

According to TravelMole, the website gives players advice and tips, without forcing them to sign up to marketing emails.

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Take a tennis holiday at La Manga Club

Those looking to escape the dreary British weather and spend some time outdoors may wish to consider a tennis holiday at La Manga Club.

With 28 multi-surface tennis courts, including four hard courts, La Manga is one of the best tennis resorts in Europe.

As well as playing tennis for fun, holidaymakers can improve their skills by attending La Manga's tennis academy, which offers on-court coaching and in-depth video analysis.

Whether you are a child, a beginner or an aspiring professional, the team at La Manga can help you to improve your game.

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Holidaymakers plan to book 'late deals'

Over half of British people plan to book at the last minute for their next holiday to Spain, according to new research.

A study carried out by marketing agency BLM Horizon revealed that 54 per cent of Brits are waiting until April or May to book their next break.

The number of people looking to make late bookings is up 14 per cent on last year, TravelMole reports.

Chris Armond, BLM Horizon business director, commented: "Travel companies that offer protection and inclusive deals may benefit at the expense of those who don't.

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Short breaks 'on the up'

The number of people taking short holidays in Spain and other European destinations is on the increase, new research has revealed.

According to, short break searches are up 29 per cent on last year, suggesting that despite the credit crunch, Brits are still keen to travel overseas.

Alison Couper, communications director for the website, said that the majority of people consider holidays as a necessity, rather than a luxury.

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