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The Foreigner Norway tour operator actively discourages singles sharing rooms. A western Norway holiday company is taking niche market tourism literally when it comes to accommodation. In a move perhaps foreign to some, biblically-inclined business Si-Reiser openly says they want their trips “to be characterised by a Christian environment, and Christian way of socialising.” “For example, we wish a man and woman to be married to share a room on these”, they write on their website, stating further that, “[a] Christian lifestyle is an alcohol-free lifestyle for us.”

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Norway tour operator actively discourages singles sharing rooms

Published on Thursday, 7th March, 2013 at 15:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A western Norway holiday company is taking niche market tourism literally when it comes to accommodation.



In a move perhaps foreign to some, biblically-inclined business Si-Reiser openly says they want their trips “to be characterised by a Christian environment, and Christian way of socialising.”

“For example, we wish a man and woman to be married to share a room on these”, they write on their website, stating further that, “[a] Christian lifestyle is an alcohol-free lifestyle for us.”

The company offers destinations and trip types such as so-called ‘Shalom Tours’ to Rome, Budapest, and Turkey, bible holidays to southern Europe, Christian bus tours, and excursions to Israel.

According to general manager Kurt André Henriksen, their view that only married couples should share accommodation is because “our [Lutheran] owners have taken a stance that marriage is the right form of being together [on holiday].”

Christian newspaper Vårt Land also reports him as adding that the company does not require people to produce a marriage certificate before departing with them, however, “a desire from our owners is for cohabitants not share a room.”

Tour leaders are not permitted to share a room if unmarried, or drink, though the no-alcohol policy is not enforced regarding guests.

“Some people ask for our opinion and we tell them, but we don’t refuse anybody travel with us,” explains Mr Henriksen.

In answer to the paper’s question regarding homosexuals going on the company’s holidays, he remarks, “there are many friends who share a room, and we do not ask questions to people's orientation.”

“We’ve never experienced this issue [regarding homosexuality]. I’d then have to consult with the board, that is the ethical backbone of the firm,” concludes Kurt André Henriksen.



Published on Thursday, 7th March, 2013 at 15:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayholidays, tourcompaniesnorway.





  
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