Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
British tourists are set to lose out on bargain booze getaways in the sun as authorities on the sunshine island’s of Ibiza and Majorca are to pass laws restricting all-alcohol-included hotel offers.
The Regional Government of the Balearic Islands in eastern Spain will pass the news ‘Ley de Excesos’ (Law of Excess), the first of its kind in Spain, with the aim of removing drunk tourism from the region.
The will have two phases, the first of which will restrict “all-alcohol-included” offers in hotels in Magaluf, Majorca and Sant Antoni, in Ibiza.
The second phase will regulate the rest of the tourist areas in the Balearic Islands.
Jordi Mora, the President of the Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Companies in Majorca said in a press statement that “after knowing the content and the goals of the application of the law” he is satisfied.
He said the law is a measure to “deal with a problem of public health and with the image of the islands”.
According to Mora, the new law will lower the amount of locals selling all-inclusive packages, lowering the importance of booze-based tourism in the area.
The law will last five years and the territory will be in four specific areas, Playa de Palma, Arenal, Magaluf and the West End of Sant Antoni of Portmany. Official sources state contracts with the travel agencies and hotels will be respected.
Publicity which promotes alcohol consumption in touristic premises, free bars, happy hours and other promotions will be banned. Self-service machines and shops selling alcohol will be closed between 9.30 and 8 am.
Reports state ‘dangerous activities’ such as ‘balconing’ will be banned and anyone court carrying out the activities will be kicked off the premises.
Advertising pub crawls will also be banned as well as organising pub crawls. Party boats will also be prevented from picking up or dropping off clients in the affected areas.
Tourists who carry out reckless activities and hotels which do not kick them out, or offer rooms per hour or display alcohol can be fined between 6,000 and 60,000 EUR (5,128 and 51,282 GBP).
Selling alcohol outside the permitted timetable, offering free alcohol in bars, happy hour offers, vending machines with alcohol and selling alcohol to a minor will be punished with fines between 60,001 and 600,000 EUR 51,282 and 512,820 GBP), as well as organising pub crawls.
Non-serious faults will be punished with fines between 1,000 and 6,000 EUR (854 and 5,128 GBP).
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