All-inclusive holidays can by no means be banned, demand is just too high and the loss to the local economy would be significant at a time when the region is already seeing bookings from traditional markets slow as northern Europeans opt for competing and cheaper destinations.

However, there is a way hoteliers could control alcohol consumption in all-inclusive hotels and, in so doing, perhaps help the local economy and reduce anti-social behaviour in resorts. Some of the American cruise lines offer what is called a "drinks package". It is very similar to an all-inclusive holiday: all the drinks are prepaid so people can keep within a certain budget.

Many of the lines offering the packages have a cap on how many "free" drinks each passenger is permitted to consume per day. I know of a couple currently on a US-Caribbean cruise and their daily maximum each is 30 drinks, alcoholic or not.  Surely that is more than enough? And a similar system could be introduced at airports to prevent passengers getting into the holiday spirit just a little too much before boarding their flights and attacking the in-flight bar, or each other.

So much time and money is wasted discussing how to tackle all-inclusives in the Balearics, why don’t those in power look to other sectors or other countries and learn. I know the Balearics likes to think so, but it doesn’t know it all when it comes to tourism.


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E Weldon / Hace over 3 years

I paid for my June2018 “All Inclusive” holiday last September -so I have paid for my “All Inclusive” drinks - I don’t drink alcohol and I certainly don’t spend ALL my time in the hotel -I see more of the island than my Spanish friend who has lived in the island for forty years - The hoteliers have got what they wanted-Gor rid of rental accommodation so they could boost their prices but didn’t foresee that Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey etc would be back in business- I only go AI as I sold my apartment last year and can’t be bothered cooking for three weeks so I have three weeks of total relaxation with No cooking. The greedy Government and Hoteliers are killing Tourism in Mallorca


RBMM / Hace over 3 years

This viewpoint is "I have nothing of interest to say, but I'm expected to say something so this is the best I could think of". There is too much negativity in the comments in MDB so I'm sad to say that this is another one, although my intention is to say positive things as often as possible.


keith / Hace over 3 years

marcus bentley is right .They are not free drinks . Example self catering in may £400 pp .All inclusive £600 pp . Me and my wife would never eat or drink £400 worth so like marcus say`s it is not free but paid for . Brian has got it spot on to . Oh and by the way you will allway`s` find us mooching about the resort and not round the pool .


Brian / Hace over 3 years

All inclusive drinks do not get people drunk as they are definitely of inferior quality to those paid for in bars, especially if you drink the continental brands like jack daniels and Smirnoff. It is down to the people serving to refuse alcoholic drinks to anyone appears drunk. Put the onus where it belongs as drinking is a fact of life. Or do you want to stop overweight people going all inclusive because they eat too much.


Lawrie / Hace over 3 years

30 drinks a day!!! I'd have to cut down on my water intake. A better idea of course would be to take Henry on holiday with me.....


John P / Hace over 3 years

Even by Bulletin standards this is a pathetic article.Always get impression editor does not want to upset politicians and hoteliers so end up with meaningless article .


Henry James / Hace over 3 years

Some cruise ships have been doing this for years so again,nothing original from you but just how many levels of " all inclusive " do you think that all the hundreds of hotels throughout Majorca can or would run.? It's a ridiculous idea and totally unworkable and I say that as someone who does not drink at all.


marcus bentley / Hace over 3 years

They are not "Free" drinks, they have been paid for before you go.....


S. / Hace over 3 years

All Inclusive Hotel Tariffs are becoming a major problem for everyone . The Hotels are regretting their drinks distributions, by introducing drinking periods. The drink suppliers, are not making the profits they used to obtain. The local Bars,Restaurants , Shops ( Locals) are not getting enough trade to survive. Eventually,Mallorca will realise the economic damage the all controlling Hoteliers have caused, or are causing, with their very selfish ALL INCLUSIVE Tariffs.


Adriaan / Hace over 3 years

I don't know how the Daily Bulletin screen their journalists for common sense. How could a solution where there is a daily max of 30 consumptions be a sensible? I am looking forward to the scenes in Palma this summer. 100,00 tourists wandering around with 30 consumptions in their blood each.