Where theirs blame, theirs a claim!

  MrCutter 12:35 31 May 2008

LONDON WPA - A British holidaymaker was awarded compensation by a court because there were too many German tourists at the hotel he booked in Greece, newspapers reported Saturday.

David Barnish, 47, paid 4,000 pounds (5,100 euros, 8,000 dollars) to take his wife and three daughters to a resort in Kos, but the family were unable to take part in entertainment or children's activities because they were only organised in the German language, the Daily Telegraph and Sun reported.

Barnish sued holiday company Thomson for breach of contract, claiming it had failed to disclose that the Grecotel Park hotel was used almost exclusively by Germans.

A court in the central English city of Stoke awarded him 750 pounds in compensation after a judge ruled that customers at a hotel featured in an English-language brochure should be provided for in their own language, the reports said.

Barnish told the papers: "I'm not racist. I wouldn't like to take my family holiday at a hotel over-run by English holidaymakers and the same would also apply if there were French or Spanish or any nationality.

"But everything from the leaflets telling you what's on in the morning to the people staying there, the language the reps spoke in and service was all in German."

Barnish said just 25 of the 700 guests at the hotel were English when his family stayed there in August 2007, and the remainder were mostly German.

A Thomson spokesman said in a statement: "We are sorry that Mr Barnish did not feel the entertainment on his holiday was what he expected."

  Forum Editor 12:40 31 May 2008

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  Cymro. 12:44 31 May 2008

Did David Barnish by any chance also complain that everyone spoke English until he walked in to the room? It is the sort of thing that the Brits. often do complain about.

  sunny staines 12:46 31 May 2008

I can understand how they felt, just back from holiday in malta. the hotel was top heavy in germans too. but the only problem we had was their culture does not understand queuing and their constant pushing in upset the british, italian and french holiday guests.

  Cymro. 12:53 31 May 2008

"the only problem we had was their culture does not understand queuing"

Surely one of the many reasons for going abroad for you holiday is to experience the culture of other nations.

If the only difference between countries is the weather then there seems little point in going abroad.

Sadly the way things are going one day in the future all countries and all cultures will be much the same and then the world will be an even more boring place.

  Forum Editor 12:55 31 May 2008

when observing British tourists, why some of them bother going abroad at all.

  Bingalau 13:14 31 May 2008

FE. Hear! Hear!

  MrCutter 13:14 31 May 2008

I go abroad to enjoy the culture & learn how to speak as a native.
That said in most hotels & cafes most speak good English.

PS: Sorry about copy & pasting!

  WhiteTruckMan 13:14 31 May 2008

to find a whole new bunch of things to dislike and complain about.


  GANDALF <|:-)> 13:27 31 May 2008

My god, foreigners abroad and they are different to us, whatever next! I really feel some people should stick to Blackpool for their holidays. Afriend of mine was a director of a travel company and two half-wits complained that on their trip to Italy they could only find Italian food.


  Forum Editor 15:06 31 May 2008

Once, when working in Beijing, I overheard a British couple asking the hotel receptionist if there were any good Chinese reataurants nearby.

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