On Friday, the regional authorities of the islands, which embody Ibiza and Mallorca, amongst others, handed a legislation that bans bars or tour operators from selling or providing pub crawls, glad hours, or social gathering boats in three widespread vacationer areas: Playa de Palma and Magaluf in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni de Portmany on Ibiza’s west facet.
The legislation additionally restricts liquor shops from promoting alcohol after 9:30 p.m., and bans bars from giving freely free drinks, Spain’s El País reviews.
Institutions caught in violation could face fines of as much as 600,000 euro, or $669,000.
The laws additional prohibit the observe of “balconing” — whereby resort company soar from their balconies into swimming pools, or to different balconies — throughout everything of the Balearic Islands. Inns that fail to report or evict company who partake threat incurring fines of as much as 60,000 euro, or $66,900, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reviews.
“That is the primary legislation adopted in Europe which restricts the sale and promotion of alcohol in sure touristic areas,” the regional authorities acknowledged in a press launch cited by the AFP.
“We are going for a model of sustainable tourism and we want to improve relations between tourists and residents,” added Iago Negueruela, the area’s head of tourism, per El País.
Officers hope the brand new laws will curb not solely wild conduct and fights however assist the islands transfer away from their reputations as social gathering locations and restore their former status. Magaluf, as an example, had beforehand made headlines following the deaths of several tourists who fell from their resort balconies, in addition to a extremely publicized 2014 incident, which was caught on tape, of an adolescent performing oral sex on dozens of men at a membership whereas a DJ cheered her on.
“It is time to shout from the rooftops that we don’t want this tourism,” the Majorca Each day Bulletin stated in regards to the incident after the 2014 incident.
Within the wake of the brand new legislation, Negueruela additional stated he’s not against increasing the restrictions to different areas of the area if want be.
Over 13 million vacationers go to the Balearic Islands — which embody the bigger islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, in addition to a number of smaller islands — yearly, El País reported.
Fox Information’ Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.