Foreign tourists were outraged by the fact that in hotels operating on the “all inclusive” system, they were forbidden to drink alcohol unlimitedly. The “six drinks a day” rule has been introduced by the popular Mallorca and other Balearic Islands in Spain to combat excessive drinking and antisocial behavior. However, while this rule does not apply to Russian tourists – there are simply no Russian tourists in Spain.
As the newspaper Express explained, tourists are furious about the new restriction, as they have to spend extra money during the “package holiday”. So, according to the publication, a 42-year-old traveler who was vacationing in a Spanish resort is now “angry and upset”, because he had to pay 21,500 rubles extra for a three-day all-inclusive trip. Although he previously assumed that the unlimited vacation would allow him to eat and drink as much as he wanted.
“We only found out about this when we signed up and only because we thought all our food and drinks were covered by the tour fee. We were very upset and outraged. We came as a family of eight to celebrate my cousin's 40th birthday, and although we all had a good time, we incurred additional expenses as a result,” he lamented.
Here is a comment made by a representative of a hotel where a foreign tourist was staying: “According to a tourist, vacationers who are going to visit similar Spanish resorts should now carefully read the fine print in all-inclusive offers, because there's probably a clause about the “alcohol rule”. We are sorry to hear that the client was disappointed with their stay at the Aluasun Torrenova. Unfortunately, in this case, he did not get in touch to raise this issue. Thus, we did not have the opportunity to address the client with a question. A decree issued by the Government of the Balearic Islands limits alcoholic drinks to a maximum of six per person per day for all-inclusive meals. With this in mind, we detail the drinks available to the customer on the hotel details page under the heading All Inclusive. In this case, the details of the hotel indicate – The choice of Spanish and international soft drinks. Three alcoholic drinks per person (beer and wine) during lunch and dinner. We always encourage customers to read hotel information to make sure they are happy with their purchase.”
The new rules were first introduced in January 2020, however, it appears that foreign holidaymakers are only now beginning to realize the changes when they arrive on the islands for spring break. There are also bans on promotions and offers: happy hours, vending machines, free bars, pub crawls, two-for-one drinks, and party boat advertisements. Shops are also not allowed to sell alcohol between 21:30 pm and 8:00 am.
Balearic Tourism Minister Iago Negühela said earlier that foreign tourism is very important to them, but drunken tourists anger locals and cause damage .
“We want to end bad behavior. We will increase the presence of the police in these areas and the number of inspectors – we will have zero tolerance for tourist excesses, ”the official said on this occasion.
Currently, there are no such rules for the resorts of mainland Spain. For example, tour operator Thomas Cook warned its customers about the rules of package holidays. “Please note that the Balearic Islands government has issued a decree on a new restriction on all-inclusive meals. A maximum of six alcoholic drinks can be served per person per day, and these drinks will only be served during lunch and dinner (three each). Please note that Magaluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and San Antonio in Ibiza have new all-inclusive restrictions.
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