New Laws Are Set To Ban All-You-Can-Drink Deals In Spanish Holiday Hotspots
If you're about to book a boozy Mediterranean girls holiday, then we have bad news for you.
Authorities in Ibiza and Majorca have now passed new laws restricting all-you-can-drink hotel offers, meaning your holiday could be a lot tamer than intended.
Yep, the Regional Government of the Balearic Island in eastern Spain has passed the new law - with the support of all political parties with the exception of the far-right wing political party VOX - which is set to lower the amount of premises selling all-inclusive packages.
That means stocking up on pool party beverages could be about to get a lot more expensive...
While the move is undoubtedly a big blow to Brits who love a party, it is being made for a very important reason: to lower the issues caused by 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.
It isn't the only move in place to ease the stress and pressure brought on the area by rowdy tourists.
Dangerous activities such as 'balconing' (aka jumping off a balcony into swimming pools) have also been formally banned, and anyone caught carrying out the activities will be kicked off the premises and face fines of between €6,001 and €60,000 (£ 5,128 and £51,282).
Not only this, self-service machines and shops selling alcohol will be closed between 9.30pm and 8am.
Plus, free bars, happy hours and other activities which promote alcohol consumption have also been banned under the new legislation.
The new law will come into effect this summer. However, the authorities will respect agreements customers have already made with travel agencies and hotels.
The groundbreaking new laws are being hailed by many, but there are still some who disagree with them.
The Councillor of Economic Model, Tourism and Work, Iago Negueruela, said the new law "is needed, pioneering and backs quality (tourism)".
He added that the goal is not to earn money through fines, but to put a stop to disruptive and often dangerous behaviour once and for all.
Meanwhile, Jorge Campos, spokesman for VOX in the regional parliament, said that despite not voting in favour of the law, his party shared the same goal of getting rid off booze-based tourism.
However, according to him, the new law is discriminatory as it only affects some specific areas.
He said the new law will force the closure of hotels, restaurants and bars in the affected areas, which would trigger job losses and unemployment.
Of course, here at Tyla, we always advocate drinking responsibly - but we'd be lying if we said we won't miss sipping unlimited jugs of sex on the beach by the pool during our next trip to Majorca...
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