Brits traveling to Spain face alcohol crackdown as authorities issue warning
A warning has been issued to Britons traveling to Spain as they now face limits on how much they can drink as part of a crackdown on drunken behaviour.
Thomas Cook has warned holidaymakers who have booked all-inclusive trips of the alcohol cap, which has been enforced in Magaluf, Mallorca and parts of Ibiza, the Daily Star reports. It comes as the Balearic Islands government attempts to crack down on drunken Britons causing chaos after drinking unlimited drinks at resorts.
Locals living in party destinations have also spoken out against the drunken behavior that goes hand in hand with budget tourism. Britons will now be limited to just six drinks a day, which can only be consumed with their lunch and dinner, giving them just three drinks per meal.
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The controversial rule has been applied in Magaluf, Mallorca and parts of Ibiza, upsetting Britons who expected to drink by the pool. Thomas Cook has alerted customers to updates to their holiday packages.
The email read: “Please note that a decree has been issued by the Balearic government on a new restriction for the all-inclusive meal option. There is a maximum of six alcoholic drinks per person per day which can be served and these drinks will be provided only during lunch and dinner (3 each).
“Please note that Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is a new restriction on All Inclusive.”
The Balearic government has also halted pub crawls, the sale of alcohol in shops between 9:30 p.m. and 8 a.m., and the advertising of party boats in some areas. Balearic Islands Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela has previously said: “We want British tourists – we don’t want that kind of tourism.
“British tourism is essential for our islands. We share the UK government’s view that some images of UK tourists are embarrassing. We want to put an end to bad behavior. We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors – we will have zero tolerance for tourist excesses.
Thomas Cook told the Daily Star: “In some parts of the Balearic Islands alcohol consumption is restricted. We want to make sure our customers are informed when they book.”
And travel association ABTA said it “strongly supports initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers, as well as the well-being of local communities”.
The spokesperson added: “ABTA will continue to engage with the Government of the Balearic Islands, ABTA members and other parties, to encourage clear communication and the exchange of information, in order to ensure that holidaymakers traveling to hotels in designated areas enjoy a positive guest experience.”
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