Island tour

Tour operator warns vacationers of ‘six drinks a day’ rule at Spanish all-inclusive resorts

Tour operator Thomas Cook has warned guests traveling to Spain’s Balearic Islands this summer that ‘all-inclusive’ no longer means ‘unlimited drinks’.

n statement to holidaymakers, the company highlights a new rule imposed by the Balearic government, which governs popular holiday hotspots Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca.

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

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

The holiday company sells packages to popular resorts such as Magaluf in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza.

The measures are part of a new “tourism law” passed by the region’s government in early February, aimed at attracting only “quality tourism”.

Speaking in London in February, the islands’ tourism minister, Iago Negueruela, said: “We want to put an end to bad behaviour. From April to May of this year, we will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors. We will have zero tolerance for tourist excesses.

Other details of the new tourism law include the construction of no new hotels for four years; improve the sustainability of tourism; upgrading of pre-existing hotels and resorts; and the end of free bars, happy hours and drink deals on the islands.

Travel association Abta said it “strongly supports” the new rules and supports the Balearic government in its plans.

A spokesperson said: “Abta will continue to engage with the Balearic Islands government, Abta members and other parties, to encourage clear communication and information exchange, to ensure that holidaymakers traveling in hotels in designated areas enjoy a positive guest experience.”

Bali has also hinted that it would like to change its name and only attract “quality tourism”, with one official mentioning backpackers as a group the Indonesian island would like to see less of.

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

Although the minister later corrected his remarks, the country’s tourism and creative economy minister, Sandiaga Uno, made similar comments two months later, saying Bali championed a “personalize, personalize, localize” approach. and “smaller, much, much smaller tourism”. ”.

“We want to improve the number of days they spend in Indonesia, the length of their stay.

“We want to ensure not only a much better quality of spending, but also the impact on the environment. The more than 17 million people impose a heavy tax on our environment. We are moving towards quality tourism and sustainable,” said Mr. Uno. .