Tour operator Thomas Cook has warned customers visiting Spain’s Balearic Islands this summer that “all-inclusive” no longer means “unlimited drinks”.

In a statement to holidaymakers, the company is highlighting a law imposed by the Balearic Government, on excessive drinking at several resorts in Mallorca and Ibiza.

“Please note that a decree has been issued by the Balearic Government regarding a new restriction on the all-inclusive meal option,” reads Thomas Cook’s announcement.

“A maximum of six alcoholic beverages per person may be served per day, and these will only be offered during lunch and dinner (three drinks per person).”

It looks like the days of free pool drinking all afternoon are over – at least in the Balearics’ main party resorts.

This rule affects all-inclusive resorts located in specific areas of Magaluf (Mallorca), Playa de Palma – S’Arenal (Mallorca) and San Antonio (Ibiza).

However, the rule is not new – the all-inclusive drinking limit was introduced in January 2020 as part of a decree law against excessive alcohol consumption, in effect for five years. It’s been around for both the summer of 2020 and 2021, but Thomas Cook has just informed its customers of the drink limit.

The decree law also mentions “party boats”, pubs crawling, and punishes “sunshade” – a nickname for drunken travelers who try to climb onto hotel balconies.

Thomas Cook’s update follows a new travel law passed by the Balearic regional government in early February, aimed solely at attracting “quality tourism”.

Speaking in London in February, the island’s Tourism Minister, Iago Negueruela, said: “We want British tourists. We don’t want this type of tourism. British tourism is essential to our islands. We share with the UK government the view that certain images of British tourists are shameful.

“We want to stop bad behavior. From April to May this year, we will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors. We have zero tolerance for tourist excesses.”

The details of the tourism law include that no new hotels have been built in four years; enhance the sustainability of tourism; modernize pre-existing hotels and resorts; and put an end to free bars, happy hours and drinks on the island.

Tourism association Abta said it “strongly supports” the new regulations and is backing the Balearic government in their plans.

A spokesman said: “Abta will continue to work with the Government of the Balearic Islands, Abta Members and others, to encourage clear communication and exchange of information, in order to ensure that travellers. to hotels in designated areas enjoying a positive customer experience.”

The Indonesian island of Bali also hinted that it just wants to brand and attract “quality tourism,” with one officially referring to backpackers as a group the island is less likely to see.

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Pandjaitan, told local media in September: “We will filter the tourists who visit. We don’t want backpackers, so Bali stays clean, and the tourists that come here have quality. ”

Although the minister later corrected his remarks, the country’s tourism and creative economy minister, Sandiaga Uno, made a similar comment two months later, saying Bali was championing how approach “personalize, customize, localize” and “travel on a much smaller, much, much smaller scale”.

“We want to improve the number of days they spend in Indonesia, the length of stay. We want to make sure not only spend much more quality, but also have an impact on the environment. The figure of 17 million plus imposes a heavy tax on our environment. Mr. Uno said we are moving into quality and sustainable tourism.


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