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Flights to Murcia: New airport gets go ahead

Permission to develop a new Murcia airport has been granted by Spain's Madrid government, it has been revealed.

Round Town News reports that final approval for the new airport at Corvera was given the ok from the Ministry of Development, "delighting" the regional government.

The new hub will provide those taking flights to Murcia for Spanish holidays with an alternative to the existing San Javier airport.

According to the publication, San Javier attracts in the region of two million British passengers to Murcia annually.

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British tennis hopeful 'honed skills in Spain'

A relative unknown in the world of tennis has given one-time world number one Marat Safin a run for his money at Queen's Club in the UK.

James Ward, a British player ranked at below 400 in the world won a set against the former champ Safin before eventually losing 6-4, 1-6, 4-6.

However, 21-year-old Ward feels he did not receive much help on English soil from the Lawn Tennis Association, claiming he was forced to move to Spain in order to improve his tennis skills.

"I went because I wasn't getting any help in England.

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Tips for travellers taking Spanish holidays

Britons taking Spanish holidays may be interested in recent travel advice issued by Tesco Personal Finance.

According to the financial company, one way to be sure of relaxing on a holiday is by being prepared prior to travel.

As such, Tesco has released a set of "top travel tips" advising of what to do in the event of delayed transport, theft or medical emergency.

"At this time of year, when people are looking forward to their hard earned break, it's more important than ever to reduce the chances of an unforeseen event spoiling your holiday," Jim Bruce, head of Tesco Travel Insurance, commented.

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Rise in tourism spending in Spain's Costa Blanca

Foreigners travelling on Spanish holidays to the Costa Blanca spent more money on their breaks in the first quarter of 2008 than during the same period in 2007.

According to Typically Spanish, there has been a six per cent increase in the amount of money spent by foreign visitors to the Costa Blanca between January and April this year.

Holidaymakers are reported to have spent in the region of €900 million during this period.

And, the publication reports that the average foreign tourist spends roughly €835 in the region.

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'Brits spend £2,580 on honeymoons'

British couples taking flights to Spain and other destinations for their honeymoons spend an average of £2,580 on their breaks, it has been reported.

According to Travel Weekly, a study by Teletext reveals that newlyweds also take an average of £922 with them to spend.

The study showed flights to take up the majority of the total expenditure, followed by accommodation.

Also revealed was that 43 per cent of couples chose to plan activities prior to jetting off on honeymoon.

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Flights to Spain for UK footballers this summer

Newcastle United football team could be taking a Spanish holiday in Majorca this August, following reports that the players are to appear in a summer football tournament.

The Magpies are set to appear alongside hosts Real Mallorca, and German teams Hertha Berlin and Hannover 96 at the Summer International Cup between August 1st and 3rd.

"We are now talking to both of the German clubs and Newcastle about the distribution of tickets and details will be available soon," Ylan Singer, a spokesperson for the company organising the competition, told the Evening Chronicle.

Manchester City Football Club had been due to take part in the tournament but have withdrawn following their qualification for the UEFA Cup.

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Spanish holiday treat for supermodel

Fashion icon Kate Moss has been treated to an expensive Spanish holiday by millionaire businessman Sir Phillip Green, it has been reported.

According to the Sun, the supermodel – who designs her own range of clothing for Sir Phillip's high street store Top Shop – will be accompanied on the holiday in Majorca with her boyfriend, musician Jamie Hince.

The Spanish holiday is worth a reported £100,000 and was bestowed upon the catwalk beauty by the tycoon after Moss confided in him that she was suffering from stress.

"So Sir Philip is flying Kate and Jamie to Spain for absolute pampering," a source told the publication.

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Don't be hasty with car hire, says IAM

While car hire in La Manga is a relatively straightforward process, drivers on Spanish holidays should still make sure they are methodical if they are to get the best deal for them.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) recommends that motorists on holiday in Spain should take a few measures to be on the safe side - such as checking their level of car insurance cover.

"The key thing is good preparation," insisted Neil Greig, director of the IAM's motoring trust.

Too many people just want to get in their hire car and drive away as soon as possible.

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Insurance tips before heading on Spanish holiday

Holidaymakers who are heading off abroad this summer should ensure that they have taken the right insurance before they leave, according to the Guardian.

It could cost travellers who become ill while abroad in the range of £35,000 to be repatriated by air ambulance if they are not properly insured according to the Association of British Insurers.

The age of the person taking out the policy can play a part in the price of the policy, as can any pre-existing medical conditions or a penchant for taking part in extreme sports.

Stuart Castledine, managing director of Intune, commented: "Customers over 85 are eight times more likely to make a travel insurance claim than customers 35 and under - and those over 65 are three times more likely.

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Bullfighting in Murcia

While golf and tennis are certainly the top draws for sports fans heading to La Manga Club for their Spanish holidays, some might find themselves drawn to the Murcia bullring.

Here, spectators can take in one of the most spectacular - and controversial - sports being contested in Europe. Bullfighting is a popular event in Murcia, which is home not only to the ring itself but also to a museum dedicated to the tradition.

With roots stretching back to Celt-Iberian times, the corrida - or fight - takes place between three toreros and two bulls.

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