Tour OperatorsNew law restricting alcohol consumption is aimed at fighting overtourism

Spanish island has had enough of ‘drinking tourism’

Heavy fines await those who disregard new alcohol restrictions.
Heavy fines await those who disregard new alcohol restrictions. Photo Credit: DisobeyArt/GettyImages.

IBIZA - The government of the Spanish Balearic Islands is banning the so-called ‘drinking tourism’ where mostly young European tourists visit a country merely for alcohol consumption.

Drinking tours will be banned in the busiest areas of Mallorca and Ibiza, specifically in Playa de Palma, Magaluf (Mallorca) and the West End of Sant Antoni (Ibiza).

The authorities of the Spanish islands have approved a law which aims to limit alcohol consumption among visitors, as well as expel from hotels those guests who practice ‘balconing’, a term used to describe the act of jumping into a swimming pool from a balcony, something that resulted in the deaths of several visitors last year.

Open bars, happy hours, promotions such as ‘buy one, get one free’, and self-serve alcohol dispensers will be banned and heavy fines doled out to offenders.

Boat parties will also be restricted, and stores will stop selling alcoholic beverages between 9:30pm and 8:00am.

Iago Negueruela, Minister of Economic, Tourism and Employment of the Balearic Islands, said that this regulation aims to fight overtourism, encourage civility and promote the islands as a quality destination.

“We are committed to a sustainable tourism model and we want to improve the coexistence between tourists and locals,” said the Minister.

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