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Stranded holidaymakers begin compensation claim

Hundreds of British holidaymakers stranded in Mexico after Hurricane Wilma have launched a compensation claim against their tour operators.

The tourists are being represented by legal firm Alexander Harris, and 234 of them are making a joint claim seeking damages for the days spent in squalid storm shelters while the country was ravaged by devastating weather.

Many feel they should not have been flown to Mexico in the days before the hurricane struck, while others are unhappy about the treatment they received from their holiday companies during the storm. Some tourists were forced from their hotels and had to spend time in fetid hurricane shelters, receiving no contact from holiday reps and having to scavenge in the streets for food.

Letters outlining the reasons for the compensation claim have already been sent by the personal injury solicitors to some of the UK's largest tour operators, including Thomson, First Choice Holidays, MyTravel and Thomas Cook, which between them are licensed to carry nearly 12 million passengers each year.

Responding to news of the compensation claim, a spokesman for Thomson said travel companies are not responsible for looking after holidaymakers trapped in storm shelters and told the press, "Thomson runs hotels, not hurricane shelters. The Mexican Government issued the orders to evacuate to the shelters and was responsible for supplying food and facilities in the shelters."


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