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.

New Spanish IVA rates come into effect today

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The IVA increases, announced in July by Prime minister Mariano Rajoy came into force at midnight - making the general rate 21% - 1% higher than in the UK. However, where the difference becomes really apparent is on the utilities. In the UK gas, electricity and heating oil is charged at a reduced VAT rate of 5% but here in Spain it is subject to the full standard rate, which is now 21%!

Benidorm Town Hall taking action on crime

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Benidorm Mayor Agustin Navarro chaired a meeting at the Town Hall yesterday with the Head of Security, Police officials and local business leaders to discuss the issues raised following much controversial press coverage in the UK national papers - most notably The Sun.The City Council have requested that Central Government restore National Police reinforcements during the busy Summer period having noticed a reduction from previous years.

Mayhem & Madness: the tales of an airport transfer company

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Have you every wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a shuttle transfer call centre? I asked one of the young ladies to recall a typical working day and here is her account....Oscar Wilde once said "there is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life"- this had never become more apparent than when I started work for an airport transfer company.

Rain stops play in Benidorm!

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Sunday´s much needed rain bought chaos to Benidorm as sewers overflowed, unable to cope with the torrential downpour. The early Summer rain was very short but sharp and proved that the towns sewerage and drainage system lacks capacity.

The rise and rise of All Inclusives to Benidorm

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The unstoppable rise of the All Inclusive holiday to Benidorm continues to spark tension between hoteliers, restauranteurs and retailers. Javier Garcia, deputy president of HOSBEC, the hoteliers association said that "If we did not offer All Inclusives then we would loose customers. People want to ensure that their holiday budget is clear - this market has grown and continues to grow and if we did not offer it people would go to other destinations.

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