Mallorca and Ibiza plan new onslaught against rowdy tourists
Brits behaving badly in Magaluf and Ibiza are facing even tougher action as the Balearic Government plans a new onslaught against “trash tourism”.
News laws are being prepared which will mean heavier fines for drunken behaviour and any holiday-maker found “balconing” will be immediately thrown out of their hotel.
There will also be a further clampdown on drinking in the streets of hotspots such as Magaluf and Sant Antoni and bars and clubs will face fines running into thousands of pounds for flouting the rules. They could also be closed down for three months.
The Balearic Government is said to be taking the stepped-up action due to a fall in visitors following the collapse of the Thomas Cook group. Tourism chiefs say they are not prepared to lose any more tourists because of the bad image locations such as Magaluf and Sant Antoni have gained over the years and say the “trash tourism” has to stop.
It is understood the new raft of rules will be finalised in January, in plenty of time for people to book for the 2020 season.
The Ministry of Tourism has been preparing a package of legal measures “for weeks” that aim to tackle the excesses of alcohol and the spin-off behaviour, particularly balconing.
Spanish newspaper Diario de Ibiza says the concept of bobbies on the beat, whereby British police have been drafted in to help in the summer season, will be vetoed. Instead, it is planned to set up “field hospitals” in the middle of nightlife hotspots.
The new laws will focus on three areas known for trouble : Punta Ballena (Magaluf), Jamón Street (Playa de Palma), and Sant Antoni de Portmany (Ibiza).
Police will be able to dish out heavy fines for breaches such as the uncontrolled sale of alcohol and its consumption in public spaces.
“Government sources speak of fines of tens of thousands of euros to esta-blishments that serve alcoholic beverages outside hours, as well as the possibility of closures for up to three months in the middle of the high season. It is also intended to close the most controversial places and prohibit large alcohol intakes in the streets of Punta Ballena, Jamón and the town of Sant Antoni,” says the newspaper.
As for balconing, the law will force hotels where this practice is detected to “expel customers immediately”. It will also cover the imposition of sanctions on establishments that do not take decisive measures against tourists – usually young Britons – who throw themselves recklessly from the balconies of the rooms to the pool, risking death.