The ban will affect the consumption of alcohol in three popular tourist areas
For years now, towns on the Spanish islands of Ibiza and Mallorca have been battling with the drunken behavior of fun-craving tourists. The local authorities, therefore, passed a new law banning bars and tour operators from promoting and offering excessive consumption of alcohol.
The new measures will affect three popular tourist areas: Mallorca’s Playa de Palma and Magaluf and Ibiza’s Sant Antoni de Portmany.
With the new ban, the regional governments hope to transform the image of their party resorts. According to the governments, the law is unprecedented in Europe.
It restricts pub crawls, happy hours, and party boats. It also forbids vending machines selling alcohol, bars giving away drinks for free, and ads for alcohol. Shops selling alcohol must close between 21:30 and 8:00.
Party boats will no longer be able to acquire new licenses. On the other hand, if tour operators already have an existing all-inclusive deal with hotels, they may continue with it.
Both businesses and tourists could face steep fines
In case a local business violates the new law, it can be fined with up to up to $665,500 (€600,000) or be shut down for up to three years.
So-called “balconing” will also be outlawed. During this activity, hotel guests jump off hotel balconies into swimming pools underneath, which has previously led to fatal injuries. Guests caught breaking the law would be forced to leave their hotel and could face fines. Hotels failing to report such activity or remove the guest from their accommodation could be fined up to $66,900 (€60,000).
“This is the first standard adopted throughout Europe, which restricts the promotion and sale of alcohol in certain tourist areas,” said the Balearic Islands government.
“We are going for a model of sustainable tourism and we want to improve relations between tourists and residents,” added Iago Negueruela, the region’s head of tourism, according to El País.
Every year, over 13 million tourists visit the Balearic Islands, which include the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza as well as Menorca, Formentera, and other smaller islands.