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Spain cracks down on ‘tourism of excess’ with drink limit and dress code

Spain is cracking down on “tourism of excess” this summer, with the imposition of drink limits and dress codes.

Tourism secretary Fernando Valdés has warned Britons they will not be welcome in Spain if they drink excessively and commit acts of anti-social behaviour.

Valdés’s caution comes ahead of an expected record-breaking number of British tourists planning on visiting Spain this summer, with bookings already up 12% on 2019 numbers, according to the i newspaper.


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The i reported that Valdés said: “The tourism of excesses is not welcome in Spain. This is not a (holiday) format that we want to support, we want to change this model.

“It is not going to be easy. But this is something which we all agree on.”

The Balearic Islands have already introduced strict limits on alcohol, including a ban on all-you-can-drink deals, happy hours and bar crawls. Shops cannot sell alcohol between 9.30pm and 8am, and advertising party boats could attract a fine of up to £50,000.

Additionally, a group of restaurants in Majorca’s Playa de Palma has announced they will refuse to serve tourists who wear any banned items, including football shirts, tank tops without straps, swimwear or any accessories purchased from street vendors.

According to Majorca Daily Bulletin, an English language online newspaper in Spain, Valdés went on to warn travellers that anyone who came to Spain on holiday with plans to behave badly was not welcome.

The Balearic Islands are running its ‘Stick with your Mates’ campaign again this summer to help young British tourists have a safe holiday in the destination.

Working with the British embassy and consulate, the initiative will also highlight the islands’ “zero tolerance against uncivil behaviour”.

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