Belgian tour operator offers "sick notes" for truant students
BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - A Belgian tour operator is offering "sick notes" to families wanting to take their children on holiday before the end of the school term, in a tongue-in-cheek campaign that has drawn strong criticism from education authorities.
"We are handing out free sick notes for the last week of June as we believe families should be able to go on holiday for the lowest possible price," tour operator Neckermann said in a campaign launched on Sunday.
Trips to popular destinations are very often cheaper ahead of the official start of Belgian summer school holidays on July 1.
A spokesman for the travel group said it was clear the campaign was not meant seriously and Neckermann would not provide genuine sick notes.