Unlimited alcoholic beverages are ‘to be banned’ in select resorts under a host of new measures to improve health and safety.
The new act comes into play following concern for British tourists’ health, safety and anti-social behaviour is being re-examined – and the rise of unlimited alcohol offerings from all-inclusive holiday resorts is top of the questioning.
There is now set to be a restriction on the amount of drinks holiday-makers will be able to enjoy on their holidays.
Some of the biggest holiday destinations have already signed up to the new rules. Magaluf and Playa De Palma in Majorca are already putting the measures into action, as is the West End of San Antonio in Ibiza.
The drinks are set to only accompany lunch and dinner, and self-serve alcohol is set to be scrapped, in favour for waiter services – but any alcoholic drinks will come with an added cost, rather than being included within package deals.
If you booked a holiday to any of those destinations before 23rd January, then you’re in luck – you will still be able to access their unlimited drinks. if you booked after the 23rd, though, unlucky – you’ll be signed up to the new rules and your drinks will be limited.
A spokesperson for Association of British Travel Agencies (ABTA) explained: “ABTA strongly supports initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers, as well as the welfare of local communities.
“Some of the measures introduced by the Balearic Islands authorities to limit anti-social behaviour have potential to cause confusion for UK holidaymakers, so we welcome the recent clarification from the authorities, including that the restrictions will only apply to certain limited areas in Mallorca and Ibiza rather than the whole of the Balearics as originally proposed,” they said.
Despite this – there’s a glimmer of hope. The spokesperson went on to say:
“”For all-inclusive holidays booked after that date, we recommend that customers check with the agent or operator selling the holiday, as the exemption will still apply if there was an existing contract between the hotel and the tour operator agreed before that date.”
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