Before the coronavirus outbreak, tourism chiefs had announced an extensive clampdown on drinking in the most popular resorts of the island, specifically Magaluf and Playa de Palma, as well as San Antonio in Ibiza. They intended to target all-inclusive hotels, limiting drinks to six a day in a bid to eradicate drunken tourism.
Yesterday, the Balearic government announced a raft of measures to try and revitalise the economy which is being hit by the lack of tourism.
Most of the £3billion proposals centre around promoting key sectors such as construction, renewables, housing and innovation and to get away from the dependency on tourism.
But eyebrows have been raised by two potentially very unpopular measures which will affect Brits who do decide to return.
1 The banning of self-dispensing alcohol containers in all-inclusive hotels “with the aim of raising the quality of establishments and limit accommodation models linked to excesses”.
2 The continuation of the tourist tax which costs holidaymakers between £1.50 and £3.50 a night on arrival, despite calls for it to be scrapped by hotel associations.
The Balearic government has decided to postpone the planned introduction of single-use plastics in hotels, such as plates, cups, trays, straws and cutlery, until the coronavirus crisis is over.
The law was to have been introduced from January 1, 2021 but island leaders say the coronavirus restrictions on movements and companies means a delay in the manufacturing of new “easily re-cyceable” items.
The measure will still eventually happen.
Balearic president Francina Armengol said hotels in Calvia, which includes Magaluf and Playa de Palma, could be turned into social housing if owners were struggling and all red tape in the usual planning process would be cut out.
Instead, the owner would only have to make a “responsible statement” and the work could go ahead this summer with acoustic laws lifted because “there will be no tourists to disturb.”
The granting of licenses for the vacation rental of single-family homes in Palma has also been prohibited until December 31, 2021.
This, says the government, will mean less tourist places but will foster diversification into other markers instead of total reliance on the holiday industry.
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