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UK Tourists Left Stranded in ‘Filthy’ Sharm el-Sheikh Hotels

Hundreds of the British holidaymakers left stranded in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have reported having to stay in “filthy” hotels whilst they awaited flights home.

Some 20,000 British tourists were left stranded in the area, unable to fly home for days after their scheduled flights, after a Russian tourist plane crashed in the Sinai Peninsula.

A number of travellers from the UK have claimed that whilst stuck in Sharm el-Sheikh, they were moved to other hotels before catching a new flight home. However, there have been reports that the hotels used to temporarily accommodate stranded tourists were “cockroach infested” with “flies all over the food”.

The hygiene standards of such hotels led to guests refusing to eat the food served, ordering take away and fast food instead. A holiday rep reportedly warned one guest, “I wouldn’t eat the food if I were you”.

Other British holidaymakers also claimed they had been exposed to bed bugs, suffering from suspected bites, whilst residing at hotels in the Sharm el Sheikh area.

Shiamli Mehta-Cronie, Head of Travel Law at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, commented:

“I am shocked by the reports of holidaymakers being exposed to poor hygiene conditions while being placed at hotels in Sharm el Sheikh.

“Deficiencies in hygiene standards breed infection and cause outbreaks of illness causing symptoms of sickness, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and dehydration.

“In what was already an extremely distressing situation, the well-being of holidaymakers should have been of paramount to concern to holiday tour operators but unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case.

“I would encourage anyone who has fallen ill whilst on a package holiday in Sharm el Sheikh to contact our dedicated holiday illness claims team for expert and friendly advice on whether they may be able to make a successful no win no fee claim for compensation.”

Illness Abroad – Expert Advice

If you have contracted an illness due to poor hotel and resort hygiene standards while on a package holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh, you may be able to claim compensation.

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6 888 or email

Source: Daily Mail; HIC

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