Bay of Plenty couple stranded in India now faced with hotel closure

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 4:30PM
Marian and Don Stuart from Waihi Beach are stranded in New Delhi, India. (Photo / Supplied)

Bay of Plenty couple stranded in India now faced with hotel closure

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 4:30PM

The Government has this afternoon allowed other countries to send mercy flights to pick up stranded tourists from here, but Kiwis across the world are still waiting for an olive branch from their own country.

Don Stuart, 72, and his wife Marian, 69, from Waihi Beach have been advised that their hotel is going to be closed, possibly in a two to three days time.

The couple has been confined to their Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity hotel room in New Delhi since their tour of India was cancelled last month due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Some of their tour group and the tour guide managed to get return flights home but the Stuarts had two booked flights cancelled and New Delhi International Airport is closed until midnight on April 14.

The couple has been surviving on a meagre amount of food - rationed bananas and some food from room service for days - and were at breaking point, their family said.

Listen above as Don shares his story with Heather du Plessis-Allan