Holidays: All-Inclusives Uncovered? on ITV Tonight reveals shock moment holidaymaker vomits blood

An eye-opening documentary on all-inclusive holidays has uncovered the shocking conditions offered up by some resorts – and what holiday-makers can do to protect themselves.

On Holidays: All-Inclusives Uncovered?, which airs on ITV Tonight this evening, presenter Hayley Hassall  investigates the shocking incidents some holidaymakers have gone through at ‘all-in’ resorts.

One case saw new father Chris Gillian book a package holiday in Mexico to celebrate his five year anniversary with wife Marisa.

However a week in he started to feel dizzy, and just minutes after retreating to his room was violently sick – frighteningly vomiting blood. 

Chris was rushed to hospital, where he was diagnosed with parasitic infection ‘cyclospora’, which Public Health England had warned travellers about previously – but which he says the operator failed to inform him of.

Holidaymaker Chris Gillian spoke about being admitted to hospital when he began vomiting blood after contracting a virus during an all inclusive holiday in Mexico, in Holidays: All-Inclusives Uncovered?, which airs on ITV Tonight this evening

Speaking on the show, Chris says:  ‘It [was] our fifth wedding anniversary – we just want to be lazy, go and relax and have everyone else do everything for us. I know that sounds terrible but that’s what we were paying for and that’s what we wanted’.

The couple booked an all inclusive fortnight to Mexico with travel operator First Choice, part of the TUI group. 

Remembering the holiday, Chris continues: ‘So when we first got there it was really nice, everything we’d expected, pretty clean resort, staff were really friendly, everything was fine. 

‘Went out for a meal on our first night and had a really nice time. But almost a week in, I’d woken up feeling funny. 

‘Me and my wife went and sat by the poolside and it started to get progressively worse, I started to get really bad headaches and feel really dizzy so we went back to the hotel room. 

‘I remember laying on the bed and I just had this sudden urge that I was going to throw up. I barely made it to the sink and just threw up what I can only describe as just blood.’

Chris was rushed to hospital, where he was diagnosed with parasitic infection 'cyclospora', which Public Health England had warned travellers about previously - but which he says the operator failed to inform him of

Chris was rushed to hospital, where he was diagnosed with parasitic infection ‘cyclospora’, which Public Health England had warned travellers about previously – but which he says the operator failed to inform him of

Chris had booked a package holiday in Mexico to celebrate his five year anniversary with wife Marisa. However a week in he started to feel dizzy, and just minutes after retreating to his room was violently sick - frighteningly vomiting blood

Chris had booked a package holiday in Mexico to celebrate his five year anniversary with wife Marisa. However a week in he started to feel dizzy, and just minutes after retreating to his room was violently sick – frighteningly vomiting blood

He adds: ‘ I was really scared, the most scared I’ve ever been in my life. I didn’t know what was going on, my wife was crying her eyes out, thinking I’m about to die.’ 

An ambulance was called, and Chris was rushed to the nearest hospital. 

Remembering his visit, Chris said: ‘I think they’d given me like two really strong painkillers and antibiotics as well to try to sort of flush out what was inside. 

‘We had a doctor who came in and could barely speak English but he kept saying ‘parasite’. 

It emerges that the area of Mexico Chris had travelled to had been subject to a parasitic infection called cyclospora.

Public Health England had issued warnings about the infection, which had first affected travellers the year before Chris’ holiday.

It is claimed that Chris’ travel operator TUI hadn’t been telling people in advance of travel, but that when people arrived they were given a letter telling them about the issue.

The couple's anniversary cake is seen during a trip which was supposed to be a celebration but ended in disaster

The couple’s anniversary cake is seen during a trip which was supposed to be a celebration but ended in disaster 

Chris, pictured with his newborn this year, revealed that he thought he would die during the daunting holiday three years ago

Chris, pictured with his newborn this year, revealed that he thought he would die during the daunting holiday three years ago

However Chris says neither he nor his wife ever saw any such letter.

But Tonight confirm they have seen it, and the advice is based around personal hygiene, and -crucially- food preparation – which when you’re on an all inclusive, Chris feels is doubly hard to take.

He explains: ‘They’re providing everything, that’s the whole point. Our life is almost in their hands, if this what they’re going to prepare that’s what we’re going to eat.’ 

After 24 hours in hospital Chris was well enough to be discharged, and he managed to carry on with the rest of his holiday, albeit with a limited diet and no alcohol. 

His wife had not been affected at all by the parasite and thankfully his insurance company covered the thousands of pounds in medical fees.

He explains that for him it’s not just about trying to get compensation. 

‘I want someone to take responsibility I want someone to hold their hands up and say yes we knew there was a problem but unfortunately we didn’t fix it that time, it’s as simple as that,’ he says. 

'I was really scared, the most scared I've ever been in my life. I didn't know what was going on, my wife was crying her eyes out, thinking I'm about to die,' Chris, pictured with Marissa, says

‘I was really scared, the most scared I’ve ever been in my life. I didn’t know what was going on, my wife was crying her eyes out, thinking I’m about to die,’ Chris, pictured with Marissa, says

It is claimed that Chris' travel operator TUI hadn't been telling people in advance of travel, but that when people arrived they were given a letter (seen) telling them about the issue

It is claimed that Chris’ travel operator TUI hadn’t been telling people in advance of travel, but that when people arrived they were given a letter (seen) telling them about the issue

‘I didn’t know what was happening to me. I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through.’ 

A law firm has taken a group action against TUI, and Chris is one of 400  holidaymakers who make up the claim- they all say they were struck down by this same parasite, over a three year period.

Lawyer Nick Harris says: ‘There was a duty placed on TUI to tell customers before traveling to Mexico, the moment that they knew of an outbreak in the resort, something that was likely to affect people.

‘If you imagine people who have for instance poor immune systems traveling to a resort like that and then succumbing to an illness like cyclospora, that’s dangerous’. 

In a statement the TUI said: ‘We’re sorry to hear of Mr Gillan’s experience. As this matter is now subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.

‘We’d like to reassure customers that we regularly audit all of the hotels we feature in respect of health and safety, including hygiene.’ 

MailOnline have contacted TUI for comment.

Holidays: All-Inclusives Uncovered? Tonight airs on ITV today at 7:30pm.

Holidays: All-Inclusives Uncovered? Tonight airs on ITV today at 7:30pm

Holidays: All-Inclusives Uncovered? Tonight airs on ITV today at 7:30pm


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