Holiday hotspots ban unlimited alcohol in bid to crack down on 'embarrassing' British behaviour

Caroline Allen
Contributor
They still want to to attract British tourism. (Getty Images)

One of the main reasons people choose all-inclusive holidays is because of the unlimited food and alcohol.

Thanks to new laws, this will soon be a thing of the past.

Holiday hotspots like Ibiza and Mallorca will implement a plan to restrict the amount of alcohol holiday goers can drink each day on all-inclusive holidays.

The move comes in a bid to cut down “anti-social behaviour” from British tourists.

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"We want British tourists. We don't want this type of tourism,” Balearic Islands Tourism minister, Iago Negueruela, said in a talk held in London to discuss the new legislation with UK tour operators.

The new regulations will allow holidaymakers to enjoy three drinks at lunch and three at dinner.

If guests want to drink more than that during the day, they’ll have to pay for it out of their own pockets.

“British tourism is essential for our islands. We share with the British government the view that some images of British tourists are embarrassing.

“We want to put a stop to bad behaviour. From April-May this year we will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors. We will have zero tolerance for tourism excesses.”

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If you booked your all-inclusive holiday before 23 January, you won’t be impacted by these new regulations.

Anybody who booked their package after this time will be subject to the new laws.

“The restrictions will only apply to certain limited areas in Mallorca and Ibiza rather than the whole of the Balearics as originally proposed.

“For all-inclusive holidays booked after that date, we recommend that customers check with the agent or operator selling the holiday, as the exemption will still apply if there was an existing contract between the hotel and the tour operator agreed before that date.” A spokesperson for Association of British travel Agents (ABTA) says.

The ban will apply to the likes of Magaluf, Playa de Palma and El Arena.

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Anti-social behaviour by British tourists abroad has been a hot topic of conversation for many years.

It seems 2020 is the year that islands popular with British tourists will attempt to kerb the ongoing problem.

The Balearics has seen a number of alcohol-based advertising banned. This includes advertising pub crawls, happy hours and alcohol-based excursions - like “party boats”.

The island has also imposed a limit on the amount of hours shops can sell alcohol for.

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