Brits dealt big holiday blow as Majorca and Ibiza bring in strict booze limit

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A warning has been issued to Brits hoping to take advantage of the total removal of Covid travel restrictions.

Anyone looking to go for a boozy trip to Ibiza and Majorca will be met with a new restriction – and it is not related to the pandemic.

EasyJet has told all those travelling on one of their all inclusive breaks that they are being limited to just three drinks per person at lunch and dinner, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The rule comes from a new Spanish law, banning happy hours and two-for-one drinks offers.

A message delivered to all EasyJet travelers states: “Due to a change in Spanish law which affects certain resorts in the Balearic islands, alcoholic drinks are now limited to three per person at lunch and dinner as part of the all inclusive basis.”

The law was brought in at the middle of 2020, in a bid to stop drunken behaviour traditionally associated with cheap holidays to those areas.

And, the Balearic government has also banned pub crawls, the sale of alcohol in shops between 9.30pm and 8am, and advertising party boats in certain areas is also forbidden.

Balearic Islands Tourism minister Iago Negueruela said: “We want British tourists – we don't want this type of tourism.

“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. 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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And travel association ABTA said it “strongly supports initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers, as well as the welfare of local communities”.

The spokesman added: “ABTA will continue to engage with the Balearic Islands Government, ABTA Members and other parties, to encourage clear communication and exchange of information, in order to ensure holidaymakers travelling to hotels in the designated areas enjoy a positive customer experience.”

However, not all travel companies reacted well to the news.

Speaking to Hotel Management, a TUI spokesman said: "As the leading package holiday operator to destinations including the Balearics, we’re involved in discussions on the proposals to introduce restrictions on all-inclusive holidays in the region.

“We’re open to engaging with the authorities to tackle any issues surrounding alcohol consumption and inappropriate behaviour.

"We don't, however, accept that all inclusive resorts are part of the problem and the data we have seen doesn’t support that suggestion.”

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