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Tourists held to ransom by Turkish hotel in Antalya over unpaid bill

More than 100 Belgian and French tourists, mostly pensioners, are being “held to ransom” by a hotel in Turkey after their Belgian travel company hit financial problems, trip organizers said Sunday. Management at the resort in Antalya, a city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, took drastic action on Saturday to secure payment of an 80,000-euro (100,000-dollar) bill, said tour broker Richard Naujokas. He told Belgian television his travel company Voyages a tout coeur had sold places block-booked by another company Christophair which the TV report said had gone bust.

Half the bill was met by travel company insurance but with the tourists due to leave on Monday the hotel had decided to dig in its heels for the remainder, he said. Naujokas said members of the party were charged 275 euros (344 dollars) each in order to obtain access to their rooms and food. “You don’t hold people to ransom,” Naujokas said on RTL-TVI television. “You can’t take it out on clients,” he railed. “My clients are being blackmailed. This is wrong,” he said.

Tatiana Rokou

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