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Golf ace relishes a holiday

If you are heading on holiday to Spain next year, do not be surprised to see one of golf's rising stars when you get there.

Ewan Porter, the 26-year-old from Sydney, has admitted that he cannot wait to take a break from the pressure of professional sport.

However, while golf holidays to La Manga Club could be the perfect option for the Australian, it is unlikely that holidaymakers will see him on the fairways of the resort's three world class courses.

"I don't know where I'll go but I'm looking forward to putting the clubs in the garage, locking them up and throwing away the key for a month," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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EHICs 'not enough' for holidays in Spain

British holidaymakers have been advised that European Health Insurance cards (EHICs) are not an adequate replacement for travel insurance.

The cards, which are available for free, only entitle the holder to a limited amount of emergency health care within the EU and should not be used as a substitute for travel insurance, according to one travel expert.

Writing in the Times, Richard Green warned that EHICs do not provide cover for repatriation to the UK, lost or stolen property and private medical bills.

"The EHIC is for ad-hoc medical needs during your trip, and isn't valid if you go abroad specifically to receive medical health care.

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More beach parking in Alicante

Officials in Alicante have announced plans to construct four new car parks in the area.

The new car parks will be introduced as part of the PGOU Urban Plan for Alicante and will no doubt be welcomed by guests hiring a car at La Manga.

Two of the car parks will be located underground, at the Avenida Costa Blanca and in El Postiguet, with the others to be situated in Cabo de Huertas and Serra Grossa, Typically Spanish reports.

Authorities are also planning to create a new boulevard to the south of the city, along with a new seafront link between Playa San Juan to San Gabriel.

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Downturn 'has little impact' on holiday plans

The majority of Britons say the economic downturn has had little impact on their forthcoming holiday plans.

In a recent Adfero street poll carried out in Leeds, 80 per cent of people said they did not plan to alter their travel arrangements as a result of the credit crunch.

Figures indicate that despite the doom and gloom, Britons are as keen as ever to enjoy their hard-earned holidays to Spain and other destinations.

A similar poll carried out by ebookers earlier this year found that the majority of Brits view holidays as an absolute necessity.

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Enjoy water sports on the Mar Menor

Britons taking holidays at La Manga Club will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the range of sports activities on offer.

One way to make the most of the glorious Spanish weather is to engage in some of the water-based activities available at La Manga.

With access to both the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor – Europe's largest saltwater lagoon – La Manga is the ideal base for those hoping to take to the water.

Activities on offer include sailing and windsurfing, as well as regular boat excursions and jet skiing.

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Top tips for stress-free holidays in Spain

Holidaymakers travelling to Spain for the festive season can follow a series of top tips to ensure that their journey is as stress-free as possible.

Speaking recently, Dan McGinnity, president of Travel Guard, suggested that with a little organisation holidays to Spain and other destinations can be completely stress-free.

One of the organisations top tips is to always take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy and to make copies of important documents.

"A travel insurance plan can cover your holiday travel investment and also provide you with 24/7 assistance for virtually any situation you may encounter.

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Over-60s book holidays to Spain online

It's not just the younger generation who are tech-savvy, a recent survey has revealed that over half of OAPs book their holidays to Spain and other destinations online.

The study, carried out by, found that 62 per cent of over-60s now book their holidays online, with 74 per cent of those claiming that they learnt to use the internet specifically to search for good deals.

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Average cost of hotel rooms falls

The average cost of staying in a hotel is dropped over the last year, it has been found.

Research carried by revealed that globally, the cost of the average hotel room dropped by three per cent between July and September, compared to the same period in 2007.

David Roche, the president of the site, said that he expected prices to fall even further over the coming year and suggested that those taking holidays in Spain will find some excellent deals.

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Brits cut back on luxuries to save holidays

British consumers are spending less on luxury items and food in order to save for their holidays in Spain and other foreign destinations, it has been revealed.

A recent survey by VisitBritain and Visit London found that 90 per cent of people are planning to spend less money this year. Of those surveyed, 80 per cent said they plan to spend less on food and 67 per cent said they aim to cut down on new clothes.

However, just 45 per cent of people said they are prepared to reduce the amount they spend on holidays.

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Enjoy fantastic customer care on flights to Spain

Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has been ranked ahead of British Airways and BMI in terms of punctuality and the ability to look after luggage.

Figures from the Association of European Airlines (AEA) found that 88 per cent of Ryanair flights arrive on time, compared to 77 per cent of BMI flights and 73 per cent of British Airways.

It also emerged that BMI loses 25 bags per 1,000 compared to Ryanair, which loses less than one.

Commenting on the findings, spokesman Stephen Mcnamara commented: "The AEA statistics prove that nobody beats Ryanair's customer service.

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