RELATIVES of the tourists killed in the Tunisian terror attack have accused a hotel of disrespect for removing its memorial.
The beach shrine outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel was to remember 38 people — including 30 Brits — who died there.
AFP or licensors A Tunisia terror attack victims memorial has been hidden away to ‘stop putting off tourists’
Hotel staff said the memorial had been moved because they didn’t ‘want to remind new guests something bad happened’
But the hotel’s new owners have pulled it down amid fears it is bad for business.
The manager, who refused to give his name, told The Sun it had been hidden away.
He said: “It has not been removed completely. It does exist in the hotel but it’s not in a place where everyone can see it. If someone asks about it, we can show them.”
The sign reads: “This plaque is dedicated to all the guests who lost their lives in the terrorist attack at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel on June 26th, 2015.”
We don’t want to remind new guests something bad happened, if they know, maybe they’ll leaveImperial Marhaba Hotel staff
A senior worker at the hotel, which is now called Kantaoui Bay, admitted: “We don’t want to remind new guests something bad happened. If they know, maybe they will leave.”
The hotel in Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, was recently bought by Spain’s Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, which has been contacted for comment.
Suzy Richards, 50, whose son, brother and dad were killed by gunman Seifeddine Yacoubi, described the hotel’s actions as “very disrespectful”.
Her other son Owen, now 19, was also shot but survived.
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Seifeddine Rezgui was shot dead by police after his rampage with a Kalashnikov rifle.
The mum, of Wednesbury, West Midlands, said: “Removing a plaque will never stop the world remembering what happened.”
She added : “My only hope is that the hotel have spent time improving their hotel security by putting up CCTV cameras that work as well as training their staff what to do in an emergency.
AP:Associated Press Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui was shot dead by police after his rampage with a Kalashnikov rifle
Reuters Imperial Marhaba’s new owners have pulled down the memorial amid fears it is bad for business
Getty Images – Getty Armed guards patrol Marhaba beach on June 29, 2015 during a visit by Theresa May at the scene where 38 people were killed
PA:Press Association Claire Windass, 54, was among the 30 Britons killed in the Tunisian beach massacre
PA:Press Association Chris Dyer, 32, an engineer from Watford, lost his life in the Tunisian beach massacre
CCTV of London Bridge terror victim Ignacio Echeverria, 39, cycling before he used skateboard to fight terrorists