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Book early for 'great deals' on holidays in Spain

Those looking to snap up bargain deals on holidays to Spain and other popular destinations should book early, it has been claimed.

Emma Waddell, head of PR at Thomson and First Choice, said that travellers booking their holidays now are likely to find the best deals.

"There will always be odd pockets where someone's cancelled but we actually do believe that the best prices are this time of year," she commented.

With some companies merging and others collapsing, many tour operators are cutting their capacity for 2009 and last-minute deals will be hard to come by, Ms Waddell added.

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'Millions' of Brits book holidays in Spain

A new study has revealed that despite the economic doom and gloom, over 13 million Brits will have booked their summer holidays by the end of February.

The research, carried out by Sainsbury's, found that those booking a holiday in Spain or elsewhere will spend an average of £881.83 each.

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Travel insurance is 'a must' for winter holidays

Those taking holidays in Spain this winter should consider taking out a comprehensive insurance policy before travelling.

A recent study by Saga revealed that the average winter holiday suitcase is worth £238 more than summer bags.

Results show that one in ten Brits carry a suitcase worth £643 during the winter, compared to £405 in the summer months.

"The research revealed a worrying fact that many people do not keep receipts and may not therefore know the makes and models of items in their case, which could make it more difficult for them to make a thorough claim for any loss," Saga said.

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Harlem Globetrotters to perform in Costa Blanca

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are set to perform in Benidorm later this year.

More than 128 million people have already seen the team perform, according to the Benidorm Spotlight.

The match will take place at L'illa Sports Palace on May 21st, with the Globetrotters going on to perform in Valencia, Madrid, Badalona, Zaragoza and Seville.

A number of events will also be taking place around the main arena, with a "street" zone where visitors can try their hand at basketball.

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Ryanair cabin crew calendar is a 'sell-out'

Ryanair's annual cabin crew Chrismas calendar has already sold out, raising 100,000 euros for charity.

The calendar, which features pictures of Ryanair's cabin crew members, sold out in just four weeks.

Proceeds will be donated to Dublin's Simon Community – a charity which works with the city's homeless.

"We are very proud that our 2009 cabin crew charity calendar will now make such an enormous difference to the work of the Dublin Simon Community and the lives of the hundreds of homeless people here in Dublin," said Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara.

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Photographic exhibition goes on show in Alicante

A new photographic exhibition has gone on display in San Andres de Almoradi, Alicante.

The exhibition is on display until January 30th and features the work of local photographer and graphic designer Pilar Mandl.

Entitled 'pidele peras al olmo', the exhibition comprises 52 large pieces and wad organised in conjunction with the Caja de Ahorros Mediterraneo.

"The title of the exhibition was chosen to express the fact that these days everything is possible 'digitally-speaking'," Ms Mandl told the Euro Weekly News.

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Kerry takes a holiday in Spain

Mother-of-four Kerry Katona has been showing off her new figure on holiday in Spain this week.

Kerry has recently lost around five stone through liposuction and a healthy eating regime.

Pictured in the Daily Mail, Kerry was spotted enjoying a day out at a water park with her husband Mark Croft and looking tanned and toned in a two-piece turquoise bikini.

The former Atomic Kitten singer is said to be maintaining her new figure with a diet of bran flakes, protein shakes and healthy salads.

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Holidaymakers 'exercise more'

Brits looking to shift some excess pounds this year may wish to consider holidaying at La Manga Club, after new research revealed that people exercise more when overseas.

A study carried out by sunshine.co.uk found that 60 per cent of people engage in more physical activity during a weeks' holiday than they do during the rest of the year.

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Man City squad take a holiday in Spain


The Manchester City squad is soaking up the sun on holiday in Spain this week, with players happy to escape the frosty weather back home.

According to News in the Sun, the team is taking part in a winter training programme on the island of Tenerife.

"Hughes said he chose Tenerife to give the players a little warmth and sunshine before returning to do battle in the Premiership," the newspaper said.

Striker Robinho has already been pictured soaking up the sun by the team's hotel pool in the Adeje area.

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EasyJet makes 'most flights to Malaga'

It seems that easyJet is the airline of choice for Brits taking holidays in Spain.

Figures from Spanish Airport Authority AENA show that the carrier transported more than two million passengers to and from Malaga Airport last year.

Low-fares carrier Monarch is also popular among those taking flights to Spain, with the airline carrying 804,000 passengers to Malaga in 2008, Typically Spanish reports.

Iberia came in third place, with other popular carriers including Ryanair, Thomson and Clickair.

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