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British tourist plunged to his death from Magaluf hotel balcony just …

A British tourist plunged to his death from the third floor of a Magaluf1 hotel just three weeks after burying his older brother. Alexander Forrest, 20, is understood to have fallen from a balcony at the four-star BH Mallorca Hotel in the popular Spanish resort. The charity worker, who was only four days into his holiday2 with two pals, suffered severe head injuries in the ‘horrendous accident’.

He was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. Today, it emerged that Alexander’s death on the morning of August 31 was the second heartbreak for his family in less than two weeks.

Daily Record British Tourist Plunged To His Death From Magaluf Hotel Balcony Just ... The 20-year-old charity worker was on Discount Holidays © holiday with two friends at the time of the ‘horrendous accident’

His older brother Nicholai, 23, known as Nikko, died in July and was buried on August 9, the Daily Record3 reports. The cause of his death is unknown. The siblings’ heartbroken dad, Scott Forrest-McNeill, a member of the biker group Blue Angels in Scotland, posted a grief-stricken tribute on social media.

The 47-year-old wrote: U say ur God is real and this is him test me well I say f*** ur gods I am an Angel now it s time to feel my wrath. All I know is I have outlived both my sons so f*** the gods and bring on my wrath.

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Alexander, from Saughton in Edinburgh, is also survived by mum Annette, 54, and sisters Annastasia, 19, and 18-year-old Kayleigh. A JustGiving page has been set up by his friend Josh Candy – who was on Discount Holidays © holiday with him – in a bid to raise money to bring his body home.

British Tourist Plunged To His Death From Magaluf Hotel Balcony Just ... Alexander is understood to have fallen from the third floor of the four-star BH Mallorca Hotel

The page, which was set up on Thursday, has already raised a whopping 4,695 – 117 per cent of the initial 4,000 target. Writing on the page, Josh said: “On Saturday August 27 Alexander Forrest went on Discount Holidays © holiday to Magaluf in Majorca with two friends.

“Unfortunately due to a horrendous accident Alex hasn’t made it home.

On the August 31 Alex was found and pronounced dead.

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“Alex had suffered severe head injuries and died instantly.

“As of the Wednesday, Alex’s mum had to be flown out to Magaluf to try get Alex home.

We now as a group of close friends want to raise as much as we can to support his mum to get Alex home. We all understand it s a lot of money to raise.

Anything and everything, anyone and everyone can afford to donate would be amazing.

Daily Record British Tourist Plunged To His Death From Magaluf Hotel Balcony Just ... A JustGiving page has been set up to try to raise money to bring Alexander’s body home

The young man added last night: I want to thank everyone for such an amazing response and the generosity shown.

People that didn t even know Alex have donated huge amounts and it is amazing.

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Alexander worked for the British Heart Foundation. A Jet2.com4 spokeswoman said on Friday the firm would arrange for his body to be returned home at no cost to his family.

She added: “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Alexander’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Google Street View British Tourist Plunged To His Death From Magaluf Hotel Balcony Just ... The exterior of the hotel, where Alexander died on the morning of August 31

“We were only made aware today that Alexander is still in Majorca and we understand that the insurance company is still investigating this tragic incident.

“As this is a private matter between the insurers and the Forrest family, we cannot comment on that investigation.

“However if, for any reason, the insurance company cannot arrange for Alexander’s body to be returned home, we will arrange this ourselves at no cost to the Forrest family.”

A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are providing support to the family of a British national who has died in Majorca on August 31 and are in contact with the local authorities.”

References

  1. ^ Magaluf (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ holiday (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Daily Record (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  4. ^ Jet2.com (jet2.com)

Friends raise money to bring tragic Scot’s body home after holiday …

FRIENDS of a tragic Scot who died on Discount Holidays © holiday are raising money to bring his body home, claiming insurers have refused to pay up. Alexander Forrest, who is thought to be 20 and from Edinburgh1 , suffered “severe head injuries” and died while on Discount Holidays © holiday in Magaluf. Alexander is believed to have fallen from the third floor balcony of a hotel on August 31, just four days into his Discount Holidays © holiday on Majorca.

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According to friends, his insurers are refusing to pay the 4,000 cost of flying his body back to the UK. So they have set up a Just Giving page which has already raised 3,470 towards the target in under 24 hours. Writing on the page, Josh Candy said: “Alexander Forrest went on Discount Holidays © holiday to Magaluf in Majorca with 2 friends.

“Unfortunately due to a horrendous accident Alex hasn’t made it home. On the 31st of August 2016 Alex was found and pronounced dead. Alex had suffered severe head injuries and died instantly.

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“As of Wednesday, Alex’s mum had to be flown out to Magaluf to try get Alex home.

After obstacle after obstacle, Alex’s travel insurance will not pay out to get Alex home. (Jet2’s Rock Insurance).”

Josh, who is believed to have been on the holiday, added: “We now as a group of close friends want to raise as much as we can to support his mum to get Alex home.

Friends Raise Money To Bring Tragic Scot's Body Home After Holiday ... Alexander’s pals are trying to bring his body home

We all understand it’s a lot of money to raise. Anything and everything, anyone and everyone can afford to donate would be amazing.”

Friends left their own heart-felt tributes on Facebook2 . Dean Rutherford wrote: “R.I.P Alex, quite shocked to have heard what happened. Never thought it would happen so much an amazing man.”Will never be the same walking into Daniel’s house on a weekend and not seeing you there having a drink!”

Max Robertson said: “Alex Forrest sleep tight old friend. Will never forget you.”

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And John Wilson commented: “He was the happiest boy I’ve ever met. God only takes the best bro.”

Another of his Discount Holidays © holiday pals, “Daniel Mo”, posted a picture of Alexander on Discount Holidays © holiday wearing pants with the caption: “Words can’t yet explain how I feel but here is a picture of when Alex realised he’d brought pants instead of boxers. His face says it all.

Love you brother.”

A spokeswoman for Jet2holidays said: “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Alexander’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Friends Raise Money To Bring Tragic Scot's Body Home After Holiday ... The Just Giving page set up to bring Alexander home

“We were only made aware today that Alexander is still in Majorca, and we understand that the insurance company is still investigating this tragic incident.”

As this is a private matter between the insurers and the Forrest family, we cannot comment on that investigation.

“However if, for any reason, the insurance company cannot arrange for Alexander’s body to be returned home we will arrange this ourselves, at no cost to the Forrest family.”

References

  1. ^ from Edinburgh (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  2. ^ on Facebook (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)

Brexit concerns could hold up funding for hotel projects in city centre, warns Dalata

Brexit Concerns Could Hold Up Funding For Hotel Projects In City Centre, Warns Dalata

Brexit Concerns Could Hold Up Funding For Hotel Projects In City Centre, Warns Dalata

An artist’s impression of the new Brunswick Street hotel

Irish hotel group Dalata, which has two hotels in Belfast, has said concerns around Brexit are likely to impact on funding for the planned pipeline of new venues in the city. Dalata, which is building a new hotel at Brunswick Street in the city centre, already owns the Maldron at Belfast International Airport and the Clayton Hotel on Ormeau Avenue.

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The company yesterday announced revenue had soared by 33% in the first half of the year to ‘ 130.1m ( 109m). But it said revenue per available room in the Northern Ireland hotels fell by 11.2% on a like-for-like basis to 55.10.

The company said its Clayton Hotel – formerly the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn – had benefited from significant revenue during 2015 from business generated in the city which was not repeated in 2016. And while Brexit has had no impact so far on the company, it said the vote to leave the EU could impact on funding for its planned pipeline of new hotels. The company, which has recently entered exclusive discussion to acquire the operating interest at the former Burlington Hotel in Dublin, also announced it had purchased the freehold interest of the Maldron Hotel in Cork for ‘ 8.1m ( 6.7m).

Elsewhere, earnings at the company rose by 50% to ‘ 34.3m ( 29m) during the period excluding the likes of acquisitions costs and revaluation gains and losses. The firm benefited from a net upward property revaluation of ‘ 41.5m ( 34.7m) and started the construction of two hotels in Dublin – one in Cork, as well as one in Belfast – with all four set to open in 2018. It confirmed that it had exchanged contracts to buy the development site in a deal worth 21m with McAleer and Rushe, with the deal completing on August 5.

In its UK operations, which include a total of eight hotels, occupancy was down to 78% from 79.3%. Dalata also outlined the potential threats from Brexit including a weak sterling potentially deterring UK visitors. But chief executive Pat McCann said it had been a very busy start to the year for the firm.

“Trade has been ahead of our expectations with the Irish hotel market performing exceptionally well in the period,” Mr McCann explained.

“We have continued our acquisition and development programme as well as further developing the Clayton and Maldron brands in the UK and Ireland.”

Belfast Telegraph

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