Alcohol consumption

Britons will have their alcohol consumption capped in all-inclusive holiday warning

Thomas Cook has informed customers that instead of being able to reduce as many alcoholic drinks as you want, a limit of six per person per day has been introduced. And that these drinks can only be consumed at mealtimes.

New rules have been introduced in parts of Spain to tackle drunken behavior. Credit: Alamy

The new rules, which come into effect for the Balearic Islands, were explained in a statement to Thomas Cook customers.

The company said: “Please note that a decree has been issued by the Balearic government on a new restriction for the all-inclusive meal option.

“There is a maximum of six alcoholic drinks per person per day that can be served and these drinks will only be provided during lunch and dinner (three each).

“Please note that Magaluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is a new restriction on All Inclusive.”

The Balearic Islands government is rolling out the new rules in a bid to crack down on drunken Brits who cause havoc on holidays.

Balearic Islands Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela has previously said: “We want British tourists – we don’t want that type of tourism.

“British tourism is essential for our islands. We share the UK government’s view that some images of UK tourists are embarrassing.

“We want to put an end to bad behavior. We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors – we will have zero tolerance for tourist excesses.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

The government also introduced a ban on pub crawls and the sale of alcohol in shops from 9.30 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Announcing the new laws in 2020, a regional government spokesperson said: “Efforts to promote the destination, provide it with better quality through public and private sector investment and position it in a growing market more competitive and global, have recently been affected by certain uncivil behaviors.

“Most of this type of behavior is directly linked to alcohol abuse in certain tourist areas of Mallorca and Ibiza.”

Commenting on the rules of the news, the travel association ABTA told the Daily Star that it “strongly supports initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers, as well as the well-being of local communities”.

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