Tourists who Paid for Nonexistent Hvar Villa Offered Free Stay on Brač

Lauren Simmonds

We recently reported on the absolutely horrible story of some French tourists having paid over 6,000 euros for a stay in a villa on the island of Hvar, only to turn up to find no villas, merely a dirt road and a few trucks. 

This isn’t the first time this has happened after tourists were duped into paying for their accommodation on online booking platforms for accommodation, but 6,000 euros is a huge amount of money to vanish into thin air, and being left stranded on an island in a foreign country with ”nobody wanting to help”, as the tourists claimed on Twitter themselves, is hardly a wonderful summer break on the Adriatic.

As the only saying goes: For every bad comes something good, and as Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 22nd of August, 2019, the group of duped French tourists have been offered a free stay in a villa on the nearby island of Brač, the owner of which had his photos stolen to make the fake advertisement on Hvar, which of course turned out to be nonexistent.

The owner of the Brač villa claims that despite the fact that it isn’t his fault at all, and that he isn’t obliged to have to do anything at all, he feels that the incident is a horrendous bit of publicity for Croatia, and wanted to make things right for the group of tourists from France.

Namely, since both the group of French tourists and Mr. Vuić, the owner of the ”Hvar villa” which is actually not even on that island at all, were fooled, the owner of Villa Marteline decided to offer the French group two free nights at the villa they saw on the photos on before being duped out of 6,000 euros, writes Jutarnji list.

”This is a really awful bit of publicity in my opinion, and I’m not the one who is guilty, nor am I obliged to do anything. But, I’m an honest renter who pays for absolutely everything that is required by law. As both of us are deceived, let them at least see that it’s not everything is so bad here with us in Croatia,” Vuić said when he called in the editorial office of Jutarnji list and asked them to contact the group French tourists who, as expected, accepted the offer readily.

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