‘Locked in’ tourists stam­pede for sunbeds

Daily Mail - - Life - By Jaya Narain

FORCED to wait be­hind locked doors un­til 9am, a crowd of tourists make a dash to their ho­tel pool af­ter re­sort bosses fi­nally let them out.

Hol­i­day­mak­ers were kept like ‘caged an­i­mals’ at the four-star Best Ho­tel in Playa De Las Amer­i­cas in Tener­ife to pre­vent them bag­ging sun-loungers too early.

But the doors sim­ply proved a pres­sure point – and once they were open there were in­juries and threats as up to 300 tourists stam­peded for the best spot. A heav­ily preg­nant woman, a wheel­chair-bound man and chil­dren were hit or pushed over in the melee. Julie Hig­son, 37, a teach­ing as­sis­tant from Wor­thing, West Sus­sex, said tourists were like ‘caged an­i­mals wait­ing to get out’.

The ho­tel de­nied staff blocked fire es­capes with bins and chairs to stop al­ter­na­tive ex­its. It said its pol­icy stopped sunbed grab­bing and kept the pool area clear dur­ing clean­ing.

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