Tourists on trouble spot holiday alerts

Police officers guard the scene of the attack in Sousse, Tunisia
Police officers guard the scene of the attack in Sousse, Tunisia

WIGANERS who have booked a holiday to Tunisia or Greece are being warned to seek advice from their tour operator before flying out.

Scores of Wigan families are expected to cancel their travel plans for the north African state following the mass shooting on a beach in Sousse last Friday, which saw 38 people have killed, many of them British.

Tour operators have cancelled all flights up until July 9, with customers given the choice what to do after that date.

Thomson and First Choice, who have been working around the clock to safely return holidaymakers home, including Hawkley Hall resident Katherine Fahey, issued a joint statement saying all flights are cancelled until July 9, with alternative destinations on offer.

It said: “Whilst our priorities remain to provide support to the families who lost loved ones in Friday’s incident and bringing customers home, we are also constantly reviewing the situation.

“We will be extending the cancellation of all our holidays to Tunisia up to and including July 9. Customers travelling to Tunisia in this period or up until October 31 will be given the opportunity to amend their holiday free of charge to any of our destinations or receive a full refund.

“We can currently only take calls from those who have holidays booked to Tunisia in July. Customers travelling between August and October can call us from Monday July 6.

“Anyone with concerns about friends and families should call 0800 0885372.”

Angela Lucas, manager of Holiday Getways, in Hallgate, Wigan, said: “Everybody who had booked to go to Tunisia has cancelled and everyone is happy they have been sorted with new holidays.

“Tour operators have been very sympathetic,”

A few tourists have also expressed concerns about going to Greece. With its future in the Euro under debate, holidaymakers are unsure if they will be able to access money.

Carla Hesketh, of Marken Travel, in Main Street, Billinge, said: “We have had no cancellations for Greece, but we have had a number of concerns.

“We are giving people advice from ABTA, which advises people to take extra Euros, as well as credit and debit cards.

“A lot of tour operators have local offices where people can withdraw money as a back up.”