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Benidorm "Love padlocks" sold for scrap

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Many visitors that came to Benidorm would demonstrate their love by leaving an initialed padlock in one of two places in the Old Town. Either on the stairs leading from Mal Pas beach up to the Mirador or up at the Mirador itself. In fact, it became a tourist attraction in its own right - many would come just to read the messages.

Goldcar hire at Alicante airport

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In the "Money Mail" section of today´s Daily Mail there is a rather interesting article about car hire under the headline "Tourists held to ransom by car hire sharks". It is specifically reporting on several incidents relating to Goldcar... a very popular company here because of its low prices. However, on reading the piece it shows how and why they are at first glance so reasonable

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Lean budget for Benidorm´s tourism department

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The Tourism department in Benidorm will certainly have their work cut of for them next year as the budget has just been announced. Of the 100,000 euro budget, only 0.016% has been allocated to the Tourism Foundation, which is responsible for promoting the town to attract new tourists.

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"Come Dine with Me" in Benidorm - behind the scenes

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Well the Benidorm edition of "Come Dine with Me" was aired on Friday night - and what a hoot! In case some of you didn´t watch I was the "stuck up pretentious blonde bitch" ... oh some of the comments I have read have made the experience even funnier! For those that actually know me, they too will be laughing at how I have been portrayed....

Its official - Benidorm series 6 confirmed at presentation

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The day had finally arrived... today was the occasion that I´d been working to since May - "Presentation Day". The Mayor gave a private audience at the Town Hall prior to the official ceremony in the Rincon, with the unveiling of the plaque. We were greeted by Agustin Navarro and his Deputy Gema Amor, who is also Councillor for Tourism in his private office on the second floor.ç

Kings Food - still supporting Benidorm 40 years on

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At the beginning of July, I accompanied BBC 2 Director Alicia Arce who was researching for a forthcoming documentary they were planning on filming in the region. The programme was to concentrate on how the economic crisis is affecting businesses and people living in the area and she was back this week with a cameraman to start recording.One of the people which she interviewed was local businessman David Craig, owner of Kings Food.

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Benidorm series 6 ? Let´s hope so...

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Benidorm - a bit like marmite. You either love it or hate it! Funnily enough, many that knock the resort have never actually been, so how they can make an informed opinion is beyond me. They probably read that beacon of truth - "The Sun" ! The same goes for the Benidorm series.... but viewing figures and a multitude of awards prove that it is a popular show

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Brits keeping Benidorm hotels busy

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Hotel occupancy in Benidorm reached 90.6% during the month of August, which represents a 2.3% decrease compared to the same month last year according to figures released by HOSBEC, the hoteliers association.However, occupancy for the second half of August pushed through the 90% mark, achieving 92.7% and so  did record an increase on last years figures over the same 2 week period.

Live music on Levante beach

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Walk along any beach in the UK such as Blackpool or Skegness and you are likely to hear rap, rock or something from the charts pounding from a portable CD player nestling in the sand. Normally along the top end of Levante you can catch the loud rock ballads coming from either Daytona or Heartbreak, but yesterday holiday makers were caught off guard when a string quartet appeared!

Come Dine with "Me" - literally!

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Well the news is now out .... the Benidorm episode will be aired on Friday 14th September on Channel 4 at 8pm. It has already been doing the rounds on various travel forums - I have no idea how it has got out that I am on it! One of the guests appearing with me is Benidorm´s popular Miss Jordan Rivers of the Rich Bitch - aka Gary Brown.I was contacted by Jonathan the researcher back in May to publicise that they were looking for

Easyjet to end seat scramble on flights

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Following a "successful trial",  budget carrier Easyjet are to launch allocated seating on all its flights from November. Easyjet found that 70% of the customers questioned preferred the allocated seating during the trial period. The airline said that it will make more money on allocated seating than it does on speedy boarding, for which they currently charge 12.75GBP per passenger per journey to enable them to be among the first on the planbe.

"Flash" - Benidorm´s newest hotel opens

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Benidorm´s newest hotel- Flash Hotel,  has opened its doors, and certainly lives up to its name - Flash! I had been watching the progress of renovation for some months now... for those of you that are regulars to Benidorm it was the old Rosaire hotel - and for those of you wondering where that is, its almost opposite Morgan´s Tavern on the Avd Derramator (the road which leads down to the Wednesday/Sunday market).

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"Benidorm" writer Derren Litten to be honoured for services to tourism

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How many would have guessed that when the very first episode of the ITV comedy series Benidorm hit our screens back in 2007, it would become the huge success that it is today. Believe it or not even I was an extra in that first series. To date five series have been commissioned and produced by Tiger Aspect - repeats of the last series have been on ITV2 every Sunday night.

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A warning about Travel Insurance

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Who remembers the famous late Max Bygraves catch phrase .... "I want to tell you a story" - well so do I!When going on holiday you are constantly reminded to take out travel insurance as an EHIC card alone is not adequate. The European Health Insurance Card will cover any necessary emergency treatment required as part of a reciprocal health care agreement between all EU member states.

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