Center Parcs closes for the funeral of Elizabeth II, anger of customers

Everybody out. Center Parcs holiday centers in the UK have caused a stir when they say they will be closing for a day the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, next Monday. Before finally agreeing to let customers on long stays stay on site…

The tourism group said in a statement on Tuesday that “all villages in the UK will close for one day on Monday (…) out of respect for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and to enable as many of our employees as possible to participate in this historic moment”.

Center Parcs has triggered the ire of its customers by telling them that they should have left their holiday village by 10 a.m. on Monday and not return, in the event of a long stay, until the next day, thus forcing them to find alternative accommodation in the last minute. Travelers who were due to start their stay on Monday were also asked to make arrangements to arrive only on Tuesday. “We hope that our customers will understand this decision to accompany our queen on her last trip,” adds Center Parcs, which promises reductions or refunds to the customers concerned.

On Wednesday, in the face of a deluge of complaints, the group amended its decision to allow a minority of guests who will be in the middle of their stay to stay in their bungalows and in the park, even if all services will be closed, according to a doorman. speech joined by AFP.

“Not everyone is a royalist”

Before the Center Parcs turnaround, Tracy Groome, 58, worried about where her party of 9 would be sleeping on Monday amid a planned stay at the Elveden Forest resort in Suffolk, which was expected to cost more than 2,500 lbs. “I’m sure it’s not what the queen would have wanted,” she told the PA news agency.

Glynis Meloy, 68, is due to stay at the Longleat Forest center with six people, a stay which cost £1,800, and asks, when questioned by PA: “What are we supposed to do all day? Not everyone is a royalist, not everyone wants to watch ‘the funeral’ on TV. On Twitter, dozens of Internet users went there with their sarcasm. @thebobbyhealy showed a terrified-eyed face from the horror film “Blair Witch Project” with the comment: “Center Parcs customers in the forest Monday night”. “We really lost the ball” in the United Kingdom with the funeral of the queen, said his side @Simon Harris_mbd.

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