UK travel agents demand Majorca and Ibiza REVERSE ‘misdirected’ all-inclusive alcohol ban

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UK travel agents demand Majorca and Ibiza to REVERSE ‘misdirected’ ban on all-inclusive alcohol (Image: GETTY)

ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agencies, says it welcomes many of the proposals to clampdown on drunken tourism and balconing in the holiday hotspots of Magaluf and Playa de Palma, in Majorca, as well as the West End of San Antonio in Ibiza. But the tourism chiefs are concerned about the element of limiting drinks in all-inclusive hotels and are “encouraging the Balearic authorities to reconsider this”.

A spokesman for ABTA said: “The Balearic Islands and the destinations of Magaluf and San Antonio are very popular with British holidaymakers. While we strongly support initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers, as well as the welfare of local communities, such as encouraging bar owners to take a more responsible approach to the sale of alcohol and campaigning for balcony safety among young holidaymakers, we believe some of the measures announced in relation to addressing unsociable behaviour, for example targeting all-inclusive holidays, are misdirected.

“The vast majority of holidaymakers on all-inclusives are couples and families, so it is difficult to see how imposing strict rules on this type of arrangement will fix the problem of anti-social behaviour in resort. We would encourage the Balearic authorities to reconsider this.

“It’s also important to highlight that the limits on drinks does not apply to all-inclusive holidays that have already been booked in these resorts.”

The Balearic Government recently unveiled its new package of measures directly solely at this stage to the three resorts and has described the crackdown as “a pioneer in Europe.”

The new decrees come into force for this summer and those flouting them will face stiff fines of up to 60,000 euros for very serious offences.

Unruly guests can also be instantly expelled from their hotels. However, the Government has chosen not to go through the process of making it an official law but is asking for widespread co-operation instead.

Regarding all-inclusive hotels in the three party hotspots, it is understood that guests will be limited to a total of six alcohol drinks per day under the all-inclusive regime. This is believed to be three drinks with lunch and three with their evening meal.

All day free bars will become a thing of the past, as will the “help yourself” alcohol dispensers in hotel bars and restaurants and, again, failure to comply, with result in fines.The measures will be valid for five years.The Government also intends to suspend new licences for party boats.

The activities in question can also be suspended for three years.Hoteliers in the three locations are already expressing doubts about how the new measures will work and say guests are booking hotels in resorts just a short distance away in order to avoid the crackdown.

The Balearic Government says: “The Governing Council has passed a decree law to combat excesses in certain tourist areas, with the aim of forcing a real change in the tourist model of these destinations, encouraging civility, adopting measures to protect the destination and avoiding problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption in certain places in the Balearic Islands. This is the first rule adopted throughout Europe that restricts the promotion and sale of alcohol in certain tourist areas.

“Efforts to promote the destination, to provide it with better quality – through both public and private investments – and position it in an increasingly competitive and global market have recently been affected by certain unruly behaviour, most of it directly related to alcohol abuse, in certain tourist areas of Majorca and Ibiza.

“With this rule, defended and requested by institutions, social, business and employers’ agencies, the Government provides the tools needed to combat this situation and reverse it, with the aim of encouraging tourism activity and improving its competitiveness. and to put an end to circumstances that cause discomfort and affect the image of the destination.

“No official comment has yet been made on the ABTA request for a rethink.”

Other parts of the new measures are:


From now on, advertising aimed at encouraging alcohol consumption at tourist establishments, as well as free bars, happy hours or the like, will be banned. It is also forbidden to display alcoholic beverages, self-dispensers, and furthermore, establishments selling alcohol will have to be closed from 9.30pm to 8am.


Practices that are dangerous for the life or physical integrity of people throughout the Balearic Islands are prohibited.Persons who, despite the rule, carry out these practices, will be immediately expelled from the establishment, considering it a serious offence, both for those who practice them and for those who allow them.

Alcohol excursions

Also known as pubcrawling. It is forbidden to advertise, organise and sell alcoholic routes in the areas affected by the decree.

Party boats

It is prohibited to advertise these in the areas affected by this decree. Boats will not be able to pick up or return customers to these areas. In addition, the suspension of new licenses is suspended and a period of 24 months to regulate the activity is opened.

Sanctioning system

Finally, this rule establishes a sanctioning regime that places special emphasis on grave and very serious offences. In the first case, serious practices are considered dangerous for the life, integrity or health of customers (for the tourist who practices them); the lack of express information to clients about these dangerous practices (for the establishment); non-expulsion of clients who carry out these dangerous practices (for the establishment); offering rooms per hour and advertising of alcoholic beverages or having  alcohol on display in establishments, among other things.

Serious offences are punishable by fines of € 6,001 to € 60,000Very serious offences include the sale of alcoholic beverages outside of permitted hours; offer alcoholic beverages under open bar, happy hours or 2×1 and 3×1 modes; maintaining  alcohol dispensers; the sale of drinks to minors and pregnant women; advertising or pubcrawling or committing two serious wrongs in six months, among other circumstances.

Very serious offences are punishable by fines of € 60,001 to € 600,000, and may additionally entail closing the establishment for a maximum period of three years, depending on the circumstances that arise.

Any other offence included in the decree will be considered minor, with fines of between € 1,000 and € 6,000.

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