Falkirk holidaymakers rethink travel plans following Tunisia attacks

Tourists and local hotel staff gather to pay their respects to those killed at the beach in Port El Kantaoui
Tourists and local hotel staff gather to pay their respects to those killed at the beach in Port El Kantaoui
  • Attack at five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port El Kantaoui killed 39, including at least 27 British tourists
  • Foreign Office warns more terrorist attacks in Tunisia “likely”
  • More than 400 Falkirk holidaymakers were due to fly to the African nation in the next four months

More than 400 holidaymakers from across the Falkirk district due to travel to Tunisia in the coming months are looking for alternative destinations following the terrorist attack in Sousse last Friday.

Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi killed 39 people - at least 27 of whom were British tourists - at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port El Kantaoui in an unprovoked attack.

We have a team in place which is helping our customers to re-book alternatives, and these will be dealt with in date order

Barrhead Travel

Among the victims were Ann and James McQuire, from Cumbernauld, who had only booked their trip the week before.

The massacre was the second major terrorist incident in Tunisia this year. Two gunmen killed 22 people at Bardo National Museum in Tunis on March 18.

Many tourists due to travel to the North African nation are now making other arrangements. The British Foreign Office has warned that further terrorist attacks are “likely”.

The Falkirk High Street branch of Barrhead Travel revealed yesterday (Wednesday) that more than 100 of its customers were scheduled to fly out to Tunisia in July. All have now rebooked their trips to other countries.

Barrhead said that all customers due to travel to Tunisia before October 31 have the option of rebooking with no admistrative fee.

A further 300 Falkirk holidaymakers bound for the country are expected to alter their travel plans.

“We have a team in place which is helping our customers to re-book alternatives, and these will be dealt with in date order,” said Greig Avinou, franchise director.

“We are, however, restricted by holiday availability and are bound by the terms and conditions of the tour operators involved.

“Therefore, although it may be possible to rebook to another destination or on another date, additional costs levied by them may be incurred. Likewise, if the rebooked holiday is cheaper, a refund will be made.”

A spokeswoman for Thomas Cool confirmed it was offering similar arrangements to its customers.

“Customers due to travel to Tunisia up to and including July 12 have the opportunity to cancel or amend their holiday free of charge,” she said.

“For those travelling from July 13 onwards, we are offering to amend their bookings to Tunisia free of charge for holidays departing up to and including October 31.

“We have added capacity in four other popular summer holiday destinations including Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Turkey to respond to increased demand.”