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All-inclusive hotels should only serve free alcohol at mealtime! 

Debate in the Balearic Islands about attracting “quality tourism” has turned its attention once again to all-inclusive hotels and what they should or should not be serving.

One local council, Calvia in Mallorca, believes one option to control people’s intake of alcohol is to serve free drinks only when guests are eating their meals. Not surprisingly, not everyone thinks this would be a good idea!

“Going all-inclusive should mean exactly that,” said one horrified holidaymaker. “There would be an uproar!”

Nevertheless, the Mayor of Calvia, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal met with tourism chiefs to discuss new restrictions which would prohibit all-inclusive hotels serving free alcohol all day and night and restrict it to meal-times only.

A statement issued by Calvia council said: “One of the issues discussed is the regulation of the all-inclusive, a claim the council has put on the table since the beginning of the legislature. The Mayor has reiterated the need for it to be limited and that alcohol is removed, restricting it exclusively to alcohol units during meals.”

Tourism Minister for the Balearic Government, Bel Busquets said his department was working on all-inclusive restrictions and preparing regulations.

Mallorca had previously signalled its intention to get away from all-inclusive hotels in support of bringing a new image to troubled hotspots and some tour operators had started to leave some of the hotels out of their 2018 brochures.

However, it is understood hotels are once again returning to the all-inclusive offers because of fears over the impact of the doubling of the tourist tax in the Balearics from this summer and the bounce-back factor from Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.

Worried hoteliers say the increased ecotax, an average of three euros per night for holidaymakers, could lose Mallorca one million tourists in 2018 but island leaders say their fears are unfounded.