This summer, the three largest charter companies receive over 500 authorizations from parents who signify that it is okay that children under the age of 18 are allowed to travel without them.
It reports P4. The figures are collected from the travel companies Ving, TUI and Apollo.
Several authorizations apply to children traveling on holiday with grandparents or other adults than the parents. Others apply to young people under 18 who go on a trip to the South.
“I think it is completely irresponsible by those parents,” says Marit Helene Lund, who works as a volunteer for the Maritime Church in Magaluf in Mallorca. She believes party parties like Magaluf are no place for 15, 16 or 17 year olds.
“There is a lot of drinking and they are quite cynical at some of the hotels with all inclusive packages and some bars. There is nothing nice to talk about. I know there are 15-year-olds who are here, and I call them children,” says Lund, who, together with other adults, hands out water, speaks to and helps young people in the party town at night.
The travel companies, however, find it uncomplicated to send a minor to the South alone.
“We are experience extremely little challenges with young people on tour. We find most young people as very easy to deal with and easy to talk to if there should be something, so we do not see it as any problem with us,” says marketing and communications manager Tonje Løkaas Fossum in Apollo
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