On Friday, the regional authorities of the islands, which embody Ibiza and Mallorca, amongst others, handed a regulation that bans bars or tour operators from selling or providing pub crawls, blissful hours, or social gathering boats in three standard vacationer areas: Playa de Palma and Magaluf in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni de Portmany on Ibiza’s west aspect.
The regulation additionally restricts liquor shops from promoting alcohol after 9:30 p.m., and bans bars from making a gift of free drinks, Spain’s El País stories.
Institutions caught in violation could face fines of as much as 600,000 euro, or $669,000.
The rules additional prohibit the apply of “balconing” — whereby lodge company soar from their balconies into swimming pools, or to different balconies — throughout the whole thing of the Balearic Islands. Motels 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) stories.
“That is the primary regulation 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 rules 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 lodge 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 mentioned concerning the incident after the 2014 incident.
Within the wake of the brand new regulation, Negueruela additional mentioned 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.