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The authorities in Spain and the Balearic islands are fed up with the so-called “evil”, in tourism, a number of these cities have become well-known.
On Friday, the regional government of the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca, among others, a law was passed that prohibits the bars operators from promoting, or providing pub crawls, happy hour, or party boats, in three popular tourist areas of Playa de Palma and Magaluf on the island of Mallorca, Sant Antoni de Portmany, on Ibiza’s west side.
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The law also limits the liquor stores from selling alcohol after 9:30 p.m., and prohibiting bars from giving free drinks, and spain’s El País reports.
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Establishments caught in violation could face a fine of up to 600,000 euros, or $669,000.
The regulations continue to prohibit the practice of “balconing” — which the guests of the hotel and jump from the balcony, in the pool, or any other direct access to the beach across the whole of the island of mallorca. Hotels that fail to report, or to get rid of guests who have to take the risk of a fine of up to € 60,000, or $66,900, and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.
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“This is the first law in Europe to be limited to the sale and promotion of alcohol in some tourist areas,” the regional government in a press release, as quoted by AFP.
“We’re going to be a model of sustainable eco-tourism, and we want to improve the relationship between the tourists and the locals,” said Iago Negueruela, the region’s head of tourism, and by El País.
Officials hope the new rules will curb not only the wild behavior and fighting, but the islands are far away from their reputation as a party destination.
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Officials hope the new rules will curb not only the wild behavior and fighting, but rather to help the islands move away from its reputation as a party destination and for the restoration of their former excellent reputation. Magaluf, for example, had previously made headlines after the death of a number of tourists who have descended on their hotel balconies, as well as a very well-known in 2014 of the incident, which was caught on tape by a teenage boy performing oral sex on multiple men in a club as a DJ and cheered her on.
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“It’s time to shout from the rooftops that we don’t want that for the holidays, the” Majorca Daily Bulletin, said of the event, following the 2014 event.
In the wake of the new law, Negueruela also said he was not opposed to the extension of restrictions to other areas of the region, as it is needed.
More than 13 million tourists visited the Balearic islands — which include the large islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, as well as a number of smaller islands each year, and El País reported.
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Fox News’ Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.