Spanish islands to charge all-inclusive tourists extra for alcohol

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


MajorcaPopular Spanish islands like Majorca and Ibiza are planning to charge tourists additional for alcohol, particularly the all-inclusive tourists.


This booze crackdown is part of an effort by the Balearic government to restrict drunkenness and anti-social behavior on these highly favored tourist destinations. The government has observed that alcohol is the key driving force behind the debauched behavior displayed by a number of Britons in both Ibiza and Majorca.


A regional newspaper of Majorca has revealed that the government wants hotels to charge separately for alcohol even for tourists on all-inclusive deals.


The general director of tourism for the Balearic, Antoni Sansó mentioned that they do not intend to prohibit alcohol as they cannot do it but instead they need to regulate it. He added that he told the newspaper that alcohol should not be included in the all-inclusive tourism board.


Sansó explained that the government would be speaking to councils individually prior to imposing proposals.


Currently there are 270 all-inclusive hotels that have been registered in Mallorca that makes up 22 per cent of the total hotels. Calvia council that is in charge of Magaluf on the Spanish island is keen to clamp down on all inclusive deals.


Last month the council had erected street signs throughout Magaluf cautioning revelers in English that they would be heavily fined if they get drunk, get naked or brawl in public glare.


Palma has also made the move to curtail anti-social behaviour.


The following are now all banned: walking around topless, pub crawls and the sale of alcohol between midnight and 8 am (if it is not going to be consumed in a bar).


Drinking in the street and jumping from balconies into swimming pools are also outlawed.


Also in the extensive list of banned activities is having sex on the street or carrying out sex acts where others can see.


Locals in Palma have complained about the outrageous behaviour they have witnessed among culpable tourists who mainly come from Britain, Germany and France.


Tourists found breaking the ban could be slapped with hefty fines.


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