Tourists warned after crackdown on all-inclusive drink limits

Irish tourists have been warned that the Spanish Balearic Islands are cracking down on some all-inclusive alcoholic holidays

Officials in Ibiza and Mallorca are imposing daily limits on all-inclusive holidays, seeking to curb the chaos caused by drunken tourists.

This type of vacation will now have a six-drink limit per day instead of the unlimited drinks tourists are used to.

Irish tourists have been warned that the Spanish Balearic Islands are cracking down on “all-inclusive” holidays. Photo: Andrew Fox/Getty Images

The new drink limit, three drinks at lunch and three at dinner, will be in force in favorite package holiday destinations like Magaluf and Mallorca, as well as in some places in Ibiza.

Belearic Islands officials hope the new plan will help clean up the destinations’ image as “alcoholic” holiday destinations. However, some hoteliers worry that tourists will simply avoid destinations in favor of resorts that don’t have these new rules.

Travel agent Thomas Cook issued the warning to tourists ahead of the busy summer season: “Please note that the Balearic Government has issued a decree on a new restriction for the all-inclusive dining option.”

Magaluf party
The move is the latest in a series of measures to crack down on drinking festivities, including banning the sale of alcohol from 9:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in certain areas. Photo: AP Photo/Joan Llado, File

“There is a maximum of six alcoholic beverages per person per day that can be served and these beverages will be provided only during lunch and dinner (three each),” the agents continued.

“Please note that Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is a new restriction on all inclusive.”

In addition to the all-inclusive drink limit, pub crawls have been banned in certain areas, and boat party announcements are prohibited in other areas. The sale of alcohol has also been prohibited from 9:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in certain areas.

Popular tourist areas such as Magaluf and Mallorca will be the most affected by the measure. Some destinations in Ibiza will also see the restrictions. Photo: Holger Leue/Getty

Balearic Islands Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela welcomed the move, saying earlier: “We want tourists, we don’t want this type of tourism.” We want to put an end to bad behaviors. We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors, we will have zero tolerance with the excesses of tourism”.

Travel association ABTA also welcomed the move, saying “ABTA will continue to collaborate with the Government of the Balearic Islands, ABTA members and other parties, to foster clear communication and information sharing, in order to ensure that tourists traveling to hotels in designated areas enjoy a positive customer experience.’

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