Cameras, security and police watch finalists in Spain14th Junho 2018
Agencies that organize trips speak of a growth in demand of more than 20%. Parents worried about safety
One thousand and eight hundred surveillance cameras, 150 security guards, police officers and 200 monitors will be spread around Marina d ‘Or (tourist complex in the province of Castellón) next week to ensure the safety of the seven thousand young Portuguese people traveling on the finalists for that Spanish destination, a scenario similar to what can be found in Gandia, in the province of Valencia, where about five thousand students are expected.
About a year after the expulsion of approximately 1,000 Portuguese students from Torremolinos, Malaga, for alleged vandalism, the DN heard some agencies that take finalists to Spain to know how security will be guaranteed. Exceptional measures will not be adopted, they add, but there is a device fitted so everything runs smoothly.
For six years Sporjovem has runners-up for Marina d’Or, which is for many students the first experience away from parents and outside the country. Like last year, there will be seven thousand this year. “Some parents were reluctant with what happened last year, but for 28 years in the market, we never had any problems, “says Orlando Pinto, general manager. Marina D” Or is a “semi-private tourist complex” that allows students to be there – there is no tourists this week – within a radius of a kilometer.
“There are 1800 surveillance cameras installed in Marina d’Or, which conveys safety. Everything is monitored. This is a deterrent to ensuring that there are no bad behaviors, “he said.” There is a reinforcement of security at the scene, “he says.
For Gandia, in the south of Spain, almost five thousand students travel on a trip that, for the first time, includes a one-day cruise in Ibiza. “We have had a growth of 1,200 people, which we associate with the fact that we have never had problems with travel. Last year’s news has made students look for alternatives, and Ibiza is a dream,” says DN Nuno Mendes. Crew managers.
According to the official, this increase has meant a reinforcement in security. “We always do an average of one security for every 35 people,” he explains. These are “merely precautionary in character, since, as clients know they are being supervised, there is no excessive behavior.”
During the next week, Nuno Mendes says that the number of police in Gandia doubles and there is a team of 300 coordinators to operate 24 hours a day. There is also a branch office on site and a team of nurses. “This is a small, easy-to-control destination. Parents can be rested, they are more than guarded, it’s a destination of our own and safer than going to the club here, because there they are always controlled.”
Jorge Ascensão, president of the National Confederation of Parents’ Associations (CONFAP), says that the fact that “there is vigilance at the start can be more reassuring, since it serves as a deterrent”, but finalist travel “always makes families anxious.” “Year after year happen situations that nobody wants and that leave us worried”, assumes.
By this time, the Portuguese authorities are committed to preventing risk behavior associated with the consumption of drugs and alcohol by young people traveling to the south of Spain and to Catalonia. DNR, the official source of the GNR, says that “it has planned actions at the land borders”, involving “300 military commanders of territorial units belonging to the Criminal Prevention and Community Policing Sections, criminal investigation structure and cinotechnical teams, in coordination with the Guardia Civil”. And in the Civil Guard Operational Command will be a Portuguese officer.
The PSP says that it has been carrying out “awareness actions with the school community” to alert “young people to the adoption of preventive behaviors during the trips and to comply with the legal provisions in force.” Although they are not present in the usual destinations of the finalist trips in Spain, during this week the contiguous commands will receive elements of the National Police Corps, in order to support the security that the PSP provides to the Spanish citizens that visit us during this festive season. ”
Europe is increasingly an option
In recent years, beach destinations have been losing some finalists to European capitals. Artur Veloso Vieira, of the agency ALA Viagens, tells the DN that the company will take approximately three thousand young people to Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, London, Paris and Amsterdam. A 20% growth over last year. “The concept of finalist travel that seeks to add something more tells more and more students,” he explains. The programs include visits to emblematic sites, museums, monuments and, whenever possible, amusement parks. “We have one monitor for every 20 students so that everything goes well,” he says.
Ricardo Baptista, director general of Total Fun, states that the travel agency works “with small groups that prefer destinations such as Italy, London and Paris.” During the Easter holidays, it will take around 200 young people to travel through Europe. “It’s a growing market.”