Published on : Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The regional government of Spain’s Balearic Islands passed law banning tour operators and bar owners from promoting or offering pub crawls, happy hours or party boats in three popular tourist areas.
The areas impacted by booze tourism ban include Playa de Palma and Magaluf on the island of Mallorca and Sant Antoni de Portmany in Ibiza. Local officials are thinking of expanding the new regulations to other areas, if necessary.
An estimated 13 million tourists visit the Balearic Islands every year.
According to the region’s head of tourism Iago Negueruela, “This is the first law adopted in Europe which restricts the sale and promotion of alcohol in certain touristic areas. We are going for a model of sustainable tourism and we want to improve relations between tourists and residents.”
Lawmakers in the Balearic Islands have also brought in restrictions regarding sale of alcohol by liquor stores after 9:30 p.m. local time and banned bars from offering free drinks. Establishments violating the rules will be fined up to $669,000.
Hotel guests are also banned from jumping from their balconies into pools or to other balconies, and the facilities failing to report the crimes and evict the offending travelers will be charged with hefty penalties.
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