Thomas Cook and First Choice holiday reps get training on what to do if ISIS launch new terror attack on Mediterranean tourist hotspots
- Intelligence reports have indicated Mediterranean holiday spots are at risk
- The holiday companies have taught staff survival skills for potential attacks
- Holidaymakers will also receive ‘terror tips’ as part of their welcome briefings
Published: 15:45 EDT, 9 June 2019 | Updated: 02:22 EDT, 10 June 2019
Holiday reps from Thomas Cook, Condor and First Choice are being trained to deal with potential terrorist attacks at hotels across Europe.
It comes after intelligence reports which indicate ISIS are looking to target holiday destinations popular with British tourists.
Staff at the holiday companies have been taught survival skills and been told to add ‘terror tips’ to tourists in their welcome briefings.
Holiday reps are being trained on how to deal with terror attacks in popular holiday resorts across the Mediterranean such as the south of Spain (pictured)
The news comes after intelligence reports which indicate ISIS are looking to target destinations popular with British tourists
A source told The Daily Star Sunday: ‘The welcome talk is normally when you hear about what trips they will be offering, what is going on in the local area and what facilities the hotel offers.
‘But now it will include what to do if your hotel is attacked by masked people with guns.
‘Holidaymakers will be told to escape to their rooms if they can get there safely and quickly in the event of an attack and to barricade themselves in.’
Reps will also give out a list of nearby shelters to run to if an attack occurs on a beach.
In 2015, 30 British holidaymakers were killed in Sousse, Tunisia, after an attack by an Islamic extremist
Even though ISIS have lost their territory in Syria, the Jihadist group still poses a serious and immediate terror threat in the West.
Previous attacks on British holidaymakers include the 2015 attack in Tunisia in which 30 Britons were killed.
And on Easter Sunday, terrorists targeted churches and hotels in Sri Lanka in which Britons were among the nearly 300 killed.
The heads of MI6 and MI5 recently revealed that tourists were at risk in popular Mediterranean resorts including Spain, Turkey, Greece and Tenerife.