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Find you 'perfect match' at La Manga Club

Those looking for the perfect mix of romance and fun this Valentine's Day may wish to consider a relaxing break at La Manga Club in Spain.

Within close proximity to Murcia and Alicante airport, La Manga is the ideal romantic retreat and with several quality restaurants, a luxury spa and wide range of leisure activities, holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice on how to spend their romantic day.

The resort is hosting a number of special activities, including the Be My Valentine Tennis Weekend, which takes place from February 13th to February 15th.

Holidaymakers attending the special event can expect tennis lessons, social events, an ice-breaker session and an optional Valentine's dinner.

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Brits are 'getting savvier'

British holidaymakers are getting savvier when it comes to holiday spending, it has been suggested.

Cordy Griffiths, PR manager at hotels.com, said that with the credit crunch to contend with, holidaymakers are looking for better value than in the past.

"Our research has shown that British people are getting more and more savvy and are trying to haggle for the best deal they possibly can," he commented.

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Top tips for the 'perfect Valentine's break'

With Valentine's Day almost upon us, those who have yet to buy their loved one a present may with to consider a romantic holiday in Spain.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), the credit crunch has not dampened the desire for romantic getaways.

Spokesperson Casia Zajac commented: "Romantic breaks are the one time when everything has to be right. Booking a package, which can include breakfasts, taxes and service not only look like good value, but provide financial protection and added extras which really make a break away special.

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Brits 'continue' to book holidays

Brits are continuing to book holidays to Spain and other popular destinations, despite the downturn.

Speaking to the Telegraph, TUI Travel – owner of Thomson and First Choice – said the same number of people are booking holidays this year as in 2008.

A recent study by the firm revealed that 87 per cent of holidaymakers intend to travel again this year.

Meanwhile, Andy Freeth of Global Travel Group, which operates around 700 agencies across the UK, told the newspaper that bookings were looking strong.

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Haggling holidaymakers 'save billions'

British holidaymakers save an estimated £1.7 billion annually by haggling, it has emerged.

Research carried out by hotels.com revealed that 75 per cent of bargain-hungry Brits have brokered a cheap deal on a holiday in the past.

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Tickets go on sale for Davis Cup in Benidorm

Tennis fans taking holidays to Spain this year will be in their element, with Benidorm set to host the preliminary rounds of the Davis Cup next month.

Tickets for matches between Spain and Siberia from March 6th to March 8th will go on sale tomorrow, with seats costing between 90 and 350 euros, Benidorm Spotlight reports.

A temporary stadium is currently being constructed in the car park of the resort's Terra Mitica attraction.

The structure will hold up to 16,500 spectators, although plans are reportedly in place to increase capacity if demand for tickets is high.

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Airport rail travel 'on the increase'

An increasing number of British holidaymakers are opting to travel to the country's airports by rail, it has emerged.

Figures by Holiday Extras show that travellers are cutting costs by saving on taxis and airport parking.

The company took 11,751 in 2008, compared to 9,882 the previous year.

Anthony Clarke Cowell of Holiday Extras commented: "More and more British travellers are choosing rail over road to get to the airport.

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Ryanair criticised over 'one bag' rule

Budget airline Ryanair has been criticised for imposing a rule meaning that passengers can only carry one item of hand-luggage.

ACI Europe, an organisation representing over 440 airports, said the rule is impacting on passengers' ability to buy duty-free goods on flights to Spain and other destinations.

Commenting on the situation, Olivier Jankovec, the organisation's director general, said airports and airlines must work together to succeed in the current economic climate.

"This is an unfortunately short-sighted stance on the part of Ryanair.

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Holidays in Spain offer 'great value'

Holidaymakers should not rule out holidays in Spain and other eurozone destinations because of currency fluctuations, it has been claimed.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, travellers should compare the cost of food and drink, rather than focusing on exchange rates.

Holidays in Spain are likely to remain popular despite the strength of the euro and will continue to represent great value for British holidaymakers, the organisation said.

Rob Innes, the company's marketing manager, commented: "Skyscanner's message to those looking for cheap holidays is – don't rule out the eurozone quite yet.

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Brits 'spend longer planning holidays'

Brits are spending longer planning their holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

Sian Williams of Trivago UK said holidaymakers are keen to find bargains this year and are not parting with their hard-earned cash as easily as before.

Trivago, which provides travel advice and insider tips, has seen a marked rise in visitor numbers, as people spend longer researching their destinations.

"People are looking to find the best rates for their holiday and people really seem to be trying to plan ahead and compare all the offers," Ms Williams added.

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