All incusive package holidays to Mallorca may be under threat for British Tourists after payouts for false sickness claims rose by a whopping 700% last year, costing hoteliers on the island around €50 million in refunds and discounts. So now they are vowing to join up to stamp out the suspected scams.
David Diez Ramos, of Madrid-based law firm Rogers & Co, said: “Sooner or later Spanish hotels will increase the price or stop selling all-inclusive trips to Britons.
“British citizens are paying less than £1,000 for a two-week all-inclusive holiday, receiving £2,000 to £3,000 for a claim and you can add £5,000 in lawyers’ fees.”
It comes after Spanish and British police united to crack down on the false claims last month.
A group of holiday companies, the Guardia Civil and the Ministry of Justice will now collaborate via Europol.
“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp this out and we will see honesty prevail,” said a spokesman for Jet2 holidays.
Information on individuals engaged in ‘touting and creating false sickness claims’ is to be sent to Europol before being passed to the British police.
Lawyers pursuing false claims could also now face prosecution.