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Dominican Republic Holiday Sickness Strikes British Tourists Again


British tourists staying at the four star Bahia Principe Hotel in the Dominican Republic have once again been hit by an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea.

The holidaymakers may be suffering from the same bug that hit the same hotel two years ago, according to Andrew Morton, the senior travel litigation solicitor at Manchester based law firm Pannone LLP.

Andrew Morton said, “We are already handling a number of compensation claims against tour operator Thomas Cook for people who fell ill after staying at the Bahia Principe hotel. We have had literally hundreds of claims from other tourists who travelled to the Dominican Republic, a holiday destination that seems beset by problems caused by poor hygiene standards. The Riu Hotels group on the island seems to have been particularly affected.”

The latest outbreak of sickness is affecting tourists who stayed at the Bahia Principe in June and July 2007, although reports suggest that guests are still being affected by illness and that they are “furious” at the way both Thomas Cook and First Choice, the other operator using the hotel, are dealing with their complaints.

Comments posted by holidaymakers on the Internet include “hundreds of other guests were taken seriously ill with stomach upset. Most if not all ended up on drips in the local clinic and hospital” and “British tour operators are sending health and safety people out, because there are so many people ill.”

Andrew Morton said "Luckily for the holidaymakers seeking compensation, they have the benefit of powerful consumer legislation in the Package Travel Regulations 1992. These regulations entitle the people who suffered from sickness and ruined holidays to claim for compensation against the tour operator in the UK, under UK law.”

Andrew Morton can be reached at Manchester law firm Pannone LLP by calling 0800 384 384 or 0161 909 3000



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