Alcohol might be cut from all-inclusive holiday packages

17 July 2018, 10:55

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By Tom Eames

New rules may change 'all-inclusive' holidays in the near future...

The Balearic Government is proposing a change of what 'all inclusive' holidays will actually cover, with booze potentially falling outside of package deals.

Anyone travelling to all-inclusive resorts in Majorca and Ibiza may have to pay extra for alcohol.

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Discussions arose after tourism chiefs became concerned about the amount of anti-social behaviour, partly due to unlimited drinks in major holiday areas, such as the Calvia district of Mallorca, which includes Magaluf.

The new rules will consider regulating the amount of free alcohol included in these package holidays - or remove it altogether. It will apparently be rolled out to the public later on this summer.

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The director general of tourism for the Balearics, Antoni Sansó, explained: "Rather than put limits on consumption or time, we propose that alcohol does not come into the equation but it's not easy.

"The government wants to rely on the same formula used for half-board and full-board packages in which they charge for alcohol separately."

Meanwhile, it has been rumoured that officials hope to offer all-inclusive guests 'added value' in other areas, suggesting that holidaymakers will be given the chance to grab free or heavily discounted trips as part of their deal instead.

The Balearic Government will be speaking to councils before they proceed with any changes, although Calvia council is "urgently pressing" tourism leaders to make the changes as soon as possible.