Brit holidaymakers in Tunisia ‘held hostage’ over fear of Thomas Cook collapse

Brit holidaymakers in Tunisia ‘held hostage’ over fear of Thomas Cook collapse


The video will start in 8 Cancel British holiday-makers complained they were being “held hostage” at their hotels in Tunisia by bosses who feared Thomas Cook was about to go bust Many hotel gates were locked and guests were warned they had to settle up — despite having already paid the travel agents Three airport shuttles which arrived to pick up travellers were turned away by staff at Les Orangers in Hammamet Guests said the hotel had put security guards along the beach so holiday-makers couldn’t leave One tourist claimed an elderly guest was charged £2,500 on her credit card, while another person had to pay £1,800 just to get the kets to their room Videos shared on social media showed travellers standing by hotel gates demanding to be let out Claire Simpson, who was due to fly home to Manchester on Friday, told The Sun: “Les Orangers have locked the gates to the hotel and are keeping people hostage “Three buses came to take people to the airport and they’ve been turned away. “They are claiming Thomas Cook hasn’t paid them, so are demanding that we pay them ” Notes were also posted to guestroom doors, demanding holiday-makers pay again. Around 40 guests were said to be in the hotel reception on Friday desperate to get answers from the hotel and Thomas Cook It comes after the troubled firm put an emergency fleet of planes on standby to rescue almost 200,000 Brits abroad Talks on a bailout for Britain’s oldest travel agent are continuing, with an announcement expected on Sunday morning Holiday-makers on package holidays are ATOL-protected, meaning the government would have to pay to bring them home in the biggest peacetime repatriation The move would cost an estimated £600m for the taxpayer. Thomas Cook – originally set up in 1865 – has a £200m hole in its finances, and talks are continuing with City law firm Slaughter & May to organise the repayment of creditors On Friday, guards were hired to lock down Thomas Cook premises, including its headquarters at Peterborough, Cambs, and at airports

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