I wouldn’t call it a backlash but there are growing calls for the so-called "booze tourism" to end. Enough is enough after a weekend of holidaymakers behaving badly was the general opinon. Yesterday, I was a guest on Radio Ultima Hora and one of my fellow guests on the radio debate show said that it was a problem of education and tourists should be told to behave.

But it is a problem which is made-in-Majorca. The local authorities could resolve the problem with the stroke of a pen: bad behaviour will be heavily penalised, bars and shops will be banned from selling anyone alcohol who is clearly under the influence and alcohol will only be sold to people over the age of 18 and who can provide the necessary documentation. And all these laws will be enforced by an enlarged police force. This will effectively end booze tourism and I suspect that bad behaviour incidents will fall dramatically. You could also ban the sale of alcohol on flights.

But the local authorities will be accused of taking the fun out of the resorts and I suspect some young tourists will simply go elsewhere. But if the local authorities are serious then they could easily adopt some of the laws which I mentioned above. I do not blame the tourists, because in most cases they are under 18 and it is the first time that they have been abroad without their parents. In the resorts they find cheapily priced alcohol, so let the party begin. The problem can be solved but does anyone want to solve it?


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Geoff Dominy / Hace over 4 years

If I can spot the troublemakers from a mile off so can everybody else. I sit in airport lounges and I see the potential troublemakers. The airlines need to be held accountable as do the bars and restaurants when they get here. I see stores in Playa de Palma selling bottled beer to tourists knowing they will take them onto the beach but not bothering to mention about the ban on glass bottles. Why? Because they want to make money and bothering those that are creating your wealth has never been good for business. At the same token, we need to step up patrols. It is no good having laws and not having people to enforce them. I can already hear the powers to be screaming about funding. Well I could walk along the beach in Can Pastilla and S'Arenal anytime of the day and find dozens of people who are not obeying the law. Fines = Funds = Salaries for the Police. When people stop offending and the fines go down, so does the police presence. They choose to break the law so hit them hard with fines that will do more than slap them on the wrist. We need to kick them hard up the backside!


S. / Hace over 4 years

Alcohol is the worst drink people can take before flying. You dehydrate in the climb, and again during the descent. Some passengers have gone into a state of madness during a flight. Flight diversions, cost £5000.00, now to be paid by the offending drunks. They are to be barred from flying. Stag and Hen parties, to be refused boarding. The sale of Alcohol to be stopped on Aircraft. In the event of an Emergency, drunks would and will cause deaths during a crash landing and rapid evacuation of the Aircraft. Sober passengers, need to report drunks, and refuse to fly, or demand an emergency diversion, to have the offending drunks ejected and arrested.


Andy Rawson / Hace over 4 years

Calvia has had laws like you suggest since 1991 (part of its ordenzas muncipales) but they do not use them. http://calvia.com/servlet/model.web.ShowDoc?KARXIU=84&TABLENAME=WEB.DOCUMENTACIO&pageProcessKey=LOADINGDOCUMENT&KDOCUMENTACIO=3632


Henry James / Hace over 4 years

You need to get out more,Jason. In Magaluf,for example,most tourists are more than 18 years old,most way above that age and they go there to get totally hammered,the same could be said for a good many visitors to Santa Ponsa,Playa de Palma and others,most bars and clubs would shut down with the loss of a lot of jobs and the so-called ''quality'' tourists would hardly make up for that loss,a lot of them are as tight as a Duck's backside and spend very little. I personally am teetotal so have no axe to grind but Majorca would cease to exist without those tourists,like it or not.