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To think we should cancel our holiday to Tunisia?

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googlenut Fri 26-Jun-15 22:26:59

So holiday booked to Sousse with Thomas Cooke. Member of the party include two 84 year olds and a child with autism. Not due to go to the end July but reckon we should just persuade TC to refund or reallocate to different country.

FarFromAnyRoad Fri 26-Jun-15 22:28:54

Is there any advice online at FCO yet? I'd probably wait and see what the official advice is - because if they don't advise cancellation I'm not sure how far you'll get with Thomas Cook.
If it was me I wouldn't go but it's possible that that view is unreasonable!

Roobo Fri 26-Jun-15 22:29:25

I would.

Even if it is deemed to be 'safe' you'll never be able to relax and enjoy a holiday there.

Stopandlook Fri 26-Jun-15 22:29:30

I couldn't go. How could you relax? Tourism is gone from there for a long time I think.

QuintShhhhhh Fri 26-Jun-15 22:29:56

Well, they are unlikely to target the same place twice, so statistically, it can happen anywhere....

EllaBella1 Fri 26-Jun-15 22:30:21

Yes. I am not one for jumping on the band wagon but two men shot 37 tourists dead today on a beach. I would not put my family in that situation. Thomas Cook will let you change. I would doubt you would get insured now.
I actually stayed at the hotel next door a few years ago. It's not worth the risk

googlenut Fri 26-Jun-15 22:30:54

TC have said that they will refund or reallocate holidays up to 24th July but we fall outside that. Am not phoning the helpline at the moment to leave it free for those traveling immediately

EllaBella1 Fri 26-Jun-15 22:31:19

Terror alert is severe for Tunisia now

QuintShhhhhh Fri 26-Jun-15 22:31:32

I just would not personally holiday in any middle eastern or north african country, parade semi naked on the beach when the locals dont...

Wherediditallgoright Fri 26-Jun-15 22:32:14

I could not relax on the beach there so no I wouldn't go.

I feel for all the people there now confined to their hotel rooms, scared to death.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 26-Jun-15 22:32:15

Wait for the official advice. I have rescheduled one holiday due to bombing (based on FCO advice). I have also gone on a couple of others to areas that had recent bombs and a mass killing. The travel advice is normally very good and hasn't steered me wrong so far.

googlenut Fri 26-Jun-15 22:32:31

Think they will have to refund - what kind of holiday could we have after all that?

Notasinglefuckwasgiven Fri 26-Jun-15 22:33:03

Wait and see. We came back from there end of may. It was wonderful. Government have been amazing with safety.

Wherediditallgoright Fri 26-Jun-15 22:33:13

Mind you I didn't feel comfortable in Tunisia when I went there about 20 years ago.

Myfoofneedspruning Fri 26-Jun-15 22:33:15

Yes yes yes cancel

cozietoesie Fri 26-Jun-15 22:34:20

Here is the current FCO advice.

geezpeace Fri 26-Jun-15 22:36:04

we were due to fly to Port el Kantoui a week on sunday. Jet2 have said we can change destination, so now going to north of Ibiza on Thursday (not first choice but it came in at around the same price, anywhere else would habe been an extra £500+)

I'm 95% sure that the foreign office have declared it unsafe. I am so sad about this, those poor innocents sad and the tunisians whose livelihoods depend on tourism sad but I wouldn't be able to look.forward to it, nor would I be able to relax when there. And I am in desperate need of relaxation, any more stress would fimish me off at this ratewine

you should be able to change destination or get your money back. contact your travel provider asap

Notasinglefuckwasgiven Fri 26-Jun-15 22:36:55

Honestly it's a big country. Check how far from the incident you will be. We booked in advance and went despite the threat. We were hundreds of miles away.

FarFromAnyRoad Fri 26-Jun-15 22:37:49

As of a couple of days ago Greece was ridiculously cheap - DH got a week self catering in Zante for £200 all in. Perhaps you could find something there instead of Tunisia?

GrumpyOldBiddy2 Fri 26-Jun-15 22:38:46

I'm with Quint.

googlenut Fri 26-Jun-15 22:39:01

We were due to stay in the hotel opposite the beach where it all happened

Alice1983 Fri 26-Jun-15 22:40:11

OP said they were staying in Sousse

FarFromAnyRoad Fri 26-Jun-15 22:40:39

I'm not convinced that distance from the incident is any indicator of safety really - was there an advisory out for Sousse before this?

EllaBella1 Fri 26-Jun-15 22:41:33

This shooting happened outside thomsons biggest hotel. It's at the riu imperial marhaba, the royal Kenz and the Bellevue. It's literally the tourist hot spot in the purpose made tourist area. This hasn't happened in some remote area where no tourists go. It was an attack on tourists

FadedRed Fri 26-Jun-15 22:41:51

Not an expert here, but think you won't get any refund unless FCO advise against travel, so maybe best you wait to see what happens over the next few days to see if the date changes to include your planned holiday time.
Having said that, when you look at risk vs hazard, you are statistically many times more likely to have a road traffic accident if you drive to the airport than become involved in a terrorist atrocity.
But statistics aside, Tunisia depends very greatly on tourism, so security will be heightened to minimise recurrence, so likely to be safer.
None of the above really helps in regard to how you will feel/can you still enjoy your holiday, however.
Difficult situation.

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