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Magaluf And Ibiza Crack Down On Booze-Fuelled Tourists

By Dave Simpson
Magaluf And Ibiza Crack Down On Booze-Fuelled Tourists

Spain's Balearic Islands have banned pub crawl tours and happy hours in three holiday hotspots in a string of new measures to crack down on binge-drinking tourists.

Booze vending machines, party boats, free bars and adverts for alcoholic drinks have also been forbidden in Majorca's Playa de Palma and Magaluf, as well as the West End in Ibiza's San Antonio.

Tourists will also not be allowed to buy alcohol in those areas between 9pm and 8 am, authorities said.

"Balconing" Ban

The new regulations have also outlawed "balconing", where revellers jump off balconies, often into hotel swimming pools - a practice that has killed dozens of drunken visitors over the years.

"With this, the Balearic Islands become the first destination in Europe to fight back against tourism based on excess," Iago Negueruela, the regional official in charge of economy and tourism, told reporters.


Anyone "balconing" or allowing it to happen would be expelled from their hotel and could be fined up to €60,000, he said.

Some traders said the measures would hurt small businesses on the Mediterranean islands.

"I find this exaggerated and disproportionate," Jose Tirado, president of Mallorca's Tourism Services and Businesses Association, told Spain's state television.

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