A French couple who vacationed in Spain for the first time on the continent was outraged when they found out they were being billed for a luxury hotel and other expenses.
The couple, from Brittany, had planned to stay at a luxury resort in Spain’s Antigua and Barbuda province.
But on Thursday, they discovered they had been billed more than $1,000 in accommodation fees for two luxury hotels in the town of Saint-Domingue, located in the far north of the island, a popular holiday destination.
“This is not something we were aware of,” the couple, who do not want to be named, told VICE News in a phone interview from their home in Brittany.
“We are very, very happy, we love it here.
We love our country, and we love France, and all this is just ridiculous.”
The couple is among hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers from across the European Union who have already visited the country, in addition to France, in recent months.
In the past month, European countries have seen a surge in tourists from the Caribbean, where vacationers are increasingly seeking a sense of community and social bonding.
In June, for example, the French government announced plans to raise the minimum wage to €50 per hour, which will apply to those working in the public sector and to those in the private sector.
But some holidaymakers have also been frustrated by what they say is a lack of transparency surrounding their spending, especially as the French tourism sector has experienced a slump in the past year due to record-low tourism numbers.
“It’s not surprising that people are complaining about it,” said Isabelle Bouffard, a French tourist in Saint-Dominique, who has lived in France for 10 years and recently moved to Saint-Martin, an island nation on the northern tip of the Caribbean.
“I have not been able to get any answers.
If I had any answers, I’d ask them, but I can’t.
What is this?'” “
When you have no answers, you’re like, ‘Who are you talking to?
What is this?'”
Bouffart, who was also visiting the country with her husband, a construction worker, said the couple’s hotel room in Saint Dominique was already booked for September, when she booked a weekend stay in Barcelona for their family.
“In Barcelona, I didn’t get a single phone call or email from them.
I’m so angry,” she said.
“They’re paying us $1.50, and then they’re charging us more than we paid for our room.”
She said the hotel was in fact being billed at the same time it was booked for the weekend in Saint Martin, and the couple did not receive a refund on the money they paid for their rooms.
“There was no explanation from them, and I don`t know why,” she added.
Bouffand, who had planned on staying at a resort in Antiguas resort town of Cacace, said she was “extremely disappointed” with the French authorities for not taking responsibility for the high costs of accommodation, and she has already started a legal action.
“If the French want to pay us money, they should be able to do so, but they have not done anything about this,” Bouffion told VICE.
“And when they are paying us money for our hotel, they are also charging us for their meals.
It’s not like I am a French taxpayer or something.””
What I find is that I have been a French citizen for 10 months, and that’s all I ever expected.
It’s not like I am a French taxpayer or something.”