Beware Of The Tourist Blacklist

24/09/2010 13:46 | Updated 22 May 2015

If you've ever considered swiping the bathrobe at a hotel, or sneaked out hoping they wouldn't notice the emptied mini-bar (let along rock-star style trashing the room and smashing the TV), your time is up with the launch of a new tourist blacklist.

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New online database GuestScan was set up by a Bristol businessman, Neil Campbell, after a neighbour who owned a B&B was subjected to a nightmare guest.

And the scheme will let hotels, B&Bs, campsites and letting agents check your record – and upload details of any other tourist troublemakers, according to Travel Trade Gazette – in the same way that companies can check your credit report if you apply for a loan

"There's a general attitude among many people that holiday accommodation is there to be exploted," says Neil Campbell. "It's not uncommon for people to break furniture or leave wine stains in carpets – one man rented a holiday home and kept his motorbike in the sitting room."

Launching on September 15, it's the first scheme of its kind that has launched in Britain, although Australia runs a similar database, called Guests Behaving Badly.

A whopping 80% of guests have admitted stealing from hotels, according to insurance company More Than, while bathrobes worth £5 million had been taken, 360,000 beds broken and 300,000 TV sets destroyed.

But as the law-abiding MyDaily readers that you are, if you end up on the list in error, you won't be barred from every luxury resort around the globe. Any offenders are told of their status and have the right to appeal, while names stay on the blacklist for between two and four years.

What do you think? Is it a great way to avoid sharing your holiday with nightmare guests – or a worrying new trend...


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