Holidaymaker to sue after illness


A LOCAL trucker has spoken about his Turkish holiday nightmare after being taken seriously ill just days into his summer holiday.

Heavy goods driver Paul Power was part of a four strong party who suffered gastric illness just two days into their summer break at a hotel on the Mediterranean and have now instructed a leading travel lawyer to take legal action on their behalf.

Their trip to the Holiday Village Turkey in the Sarigerme resort in June was ruined by illness including diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain and they report being aware of other guests at the hotel who were also suffering illness.

The 500-room hotel, originally called the Pegasus Palace but which changed its name in 2007, has previously been the subject of an investigation by BBC consumer show Watchdog in 2009.

And lawyers, Sheffield based Irwin Mitchell, say that they have now represented hundreds of clients who have become ill after staying at the hotel over recent years.

Mr Power spent 10 days at the location with a friend and her children but his holiday was ruined just 48 hours into the sunshine break when he began to suffer from diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

He was so ill he had to visit his GP when he got home for further treatment and said he was concerned with the conditions at the hotel such as the standards of food, allegedly undercooked food, seeing stray cats around the hotel grounds and the dubious cleanliness of the swimming pool.

The 34-year-old, from Leigh, said: “The illness spoiled our holiday completely and is something I won’t forget in a hurry. There were also others at the hotel who were ill.

“The standards in the restaurant seemed below par in that food was rarely hot and food such as chicken often appeared undercooked and pink in the middle. “We will never go back to the Holiday Village.”

The latest angry holidaymakers are now taking legal action against tour operator First Choice, which offers the hotel exclusively to UK customers.

Amandeep Dhillon, a solicitor in the lawyer’s travel law team, said the firm is worried to be hearing of yet more complaints about the hotel despite legal action having been taken in previous years including 117 holidaymakers from 2006 whose claims were settled for over £375,000.

He said: “We are concerned that once again we are receiving complaints of illness at The Holiday Village Turkey.”

A spokesman for First Choice was “sorry to hear” that this group of customers did not enjoy their holiday at the Holiday Village Turkey.

He said: “We can confirm that a legal claims firm has very recently contacted us regarding allegations of illness from four guests and we are investigating these.

“First Choice would like to reassure customers that Holiday Village Turkey remains a popular choice for our customers, with 93 per cent of customers who stayed there last year rating their holiday as good or excellent.

“We are confident that those customers due to travel to the resort in the future will enjoy the excellent levels of quality and standards they would expect from a First Choice property.”