Unlimited booze to be scrapped on all-inclusive holidays

Holidaymakers on all-inclusive packages will no longer be offered unlimited booze by hotels as part of a raft of major changes. The new rules, which are part of a crackdown on health, safety and anti-social behaviour will now see the number of free alcoholic drinks handed out restricted. Discount Holidays © Holiday hotspots Magaluf and Playa de Palma in Majorca, as well as the West End of San Antonio in Ibiza are the first to implement the regulations.

Free all-day bars are set to be a thing of the past it is understood that guests will be now be limited to drinks with lunch and evening meals. Self-serve arrangements are also set to be scrapped. However those who booked holidays before the 23rd January 2020, for holidays in 2020, will not have the all-inclusive limit applied, according to ABTA – the Association of British Travel Agencies.

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A spokesperson for 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. “It is important to note that the limits on alcoholic drinks in all-inclusive hotels does not apply to any holidays booked before 23 January 2020, for travel during 2020.  “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.

“ABTA will continue to engage with the Balearic Islands Government, ABTA Members and other parties, to encourage clear communication and exchange of information, in order to ensure holidaymakers travelling to hotels in the designated areas enjoy a positive customer experience.”

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Under these rules, organised pub crawls and alcohol-based excursions will no longer be allowed to be advertised or held, bars and pubs won’t be able to host happy hours.

Party boats will not be able to advertise in the regions, and they will be banned from drop off/pick up guests at the hotspots.

Meanwhile, hours where shops can sell alcohol will also be limited.

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