The BBC reported today that the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has announced a campaign to put an end to the practice of British holidaymakers feigning food poisoning in an attempt to cash in and claim compensation. The new initiative is called Stop Sickness Scams and calls for government help in cracking down on the problem. Tens of thousands of UK holidaymakers have submitted claims in the last calendar year, a significant increase in past numbers, in the hopes of winning compensation from hotels.
Fake claims are costing the hotel industry millions of pounds a year and Abta warn that this could have a serious knock on effect for Brits on holiday, particularly those at All Inclusive hotels: "Hoteliers in Spain and Turkey have already said they may have to stop offering All Inclusive packages to British tourists because of the devastating financial impact fake claims are having. Since 2013, there has been more than a 500% increase in the number of compensation claims for holiday sickness with tens of thousands of claims in the past year. Yet, during the same period, reported sickness levels in resorts have remained stable and the problem is only associated with UK holidaymakers."
A law first introduced to stop bogus personal injury claims, by capping lawyers fees, appears to have increased the problem by shifting the focus of legal firms onto holiday sickness cases. The Foreign Office has even advised tourists against making bogus claims : "You should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness. If you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Spain."
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