Posted: 20/01/20 by Explorer Travel Holidays
The Baleric Island Government approves first European Bill to address excesses derived from alcohol abuse in tourism areas.
- Prohibits jumping between balconies, excursions promoting excessive consumption of alcohol, and the sale of alcohol at a global price, amongst other elements
- The suspension of any new licenses for party boats and establishing limitations on activity in certain areas
- The regulations are limited o three areas (Arenal and Magaluf and the West End of Sant Antonio) for a period of five years
- The penalty-based-system includes fines of up to 600,000 euros and suspension of activity for up to three years
- The rule will respect the contracts already signed between tour operators and hoteliers to prevent any legal or contractual issues
The decree law will be valid for a period of five years, with its territorial scope bring limited to specific areas of Playa de Palma, El Arenal, Magaluf and the West End of Sant Antoni de Portmany, and will cover five main areas of action with the objective of avoiding the degradation of certain tourist areas of the Balearic Islands. The rule will respect the contracts already signed between tour operators and hoteliers to prevent any legal or contractual issues.
From now on, advertising that aims to encourage alcohol consumption in tourism establishments, as well as open-bars, happy hours or similar, will be prohibited. Self-service dispensers or off-licenses that sell alcohol must remain closed between 9.30pm and 08.00am.
In all-inclusive properties within previously specified areas, alcoholic drinks will be limited to six per day (three during the lunch timetable and three during the evening timetable).
Dangerous health practices such as jumping from balconies
Dangerous practices that put people at risk will be prohibited throughout the whole of the Balearic Islands and not just within the territorial scope of this decree law.
People who, despite this law, carry out these practices, will be expelled immediately from the establishment and the action will be treated as a serious offence, both for those who practice it and for those who allow it.
The organisation, advertising and sale of pub-crawl excursions and/or ‘alcohol routes’ are prohibited in the areas outlined in this bill.
The prohibition of advertising party boats in the areas impacted by this bill. Additionally, these kinds of excursions will be banned from picking up or returning customers in these areas. The granting of new licenses will be suspended, and regulation will be initiated for a period of 24 months.
Finally, the law establishes a sanction regime that places a special emphasis on serious and very serious offences for tourists and venues/establishments. Dangerous practices that pose a risk or question the integrity or health of the individual are considered serious offences (for the tourist), as well as a lack of information expressly to customers about risks (for venues); the non-expulsion of clients who carry out dangerous practices (for venues/establishments); offer rooms on an hourly basis, advertise alcoholic beverages amongst other aspects.
Very serious offences are sanctioned with fines of between 60,001 to 600,000 euros and can additionally lead to the closure of the establishment for a maximum period of three years, depending on the circumstances.
Any other offence outlined in this decree, will impose a fine of between 1,000 and 6,000 euros and will be considered a minor offence.