Poolside ‘Entertainment’ Terrifies Travellers

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U.K. tour operator Jet2Holidays has apologized to customers after staff at a hotel in Turkey dressed as ISIS-style gunmen and staged a poolside prank. It wasn’t their fault, however, just a very poor choice made by resort staff.

Wearing Middle Eastern clothing and carrying fake guns, the staff ran around the pool at the 5 star Grand Yazici Mares Hotel in Icmeler as part of a 'Hollywood-themed' show.

Coming just weeks after 38 people were killed in a shooting at 2 Tunisian hotels, British vacationers were panicked into thinking it was a genuine terrorist attack. Others said the 'show' was in bad taste and was disrespectful to the victims of the Tunisia attack, 30 of whom were British.

Hotel guests said they jumped from their sunbeds as one man approached carrying a plastic bottle with the word 'fuel' written on it and pretended to light it on fire.

After complaining to the hotel manager, guests were told it was just a joke and to speak to their tour operator representative.

Jet2holidays issued this statement: "We are sorry to hear about the distress experienced by the Sutton family and on hearing this we immediately spoke to the hotel management. They have assured us it was never their intention to cause any offense or upset with their entertainment program. This was a Hollywood themed poolside show, which included the characters Rambo and Superman, and it is always well received by the hotel's residents. The hotel management now understands that some of the costumes may have caused offense and they
will no longer use these in their shows."

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