One of the UK’s leading travel agents has warned holiday makers hoping to sun themselves on a beach in Spain this year that a new booze rule in now in place. Thomas Cook has issued holidaymakers with a warning over how much free drink will be included in their package holiday.
The holiday firm said the new alcohol rule is in place for those jetting off for an all-inclusive break to Spain. That means that Brits looking to book a boozy trip abroad will now be limited to six drinks as part of their package. The regulations affect those travelling to Magaluf, Mallorca and in some areas of Ibiza.
There are also new restrictions on the times that tourists are allowed to have their six drinks. Holiday makers will only be able to be served three free tipples at lunch and three with their evening meal, BirminghamLive reports.
Travel agent Thomas Cook issued the warning to customers in an email updating them on package holidays which read: “Please be advised that a decree has been issued by the Balearic Government on a new restriction for All Inclusive meal option.
“There is a maximum of six alcoholic drinks per person per day that can be served and these drinks will be provided only during lunch and dinner ( three each). Please be aware that Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is a new restriction on All Inclusive.”
It comes as officials in Majorca and Ibiza launched a crackdown on drunken behaviour. The law was brought in during 2020 but travel companies have echoed the rules as thousands of Brits book holidays to the Spanish islands.
A spokesman for Thomas Cook added: “In certain areas of the Balearics there are some limitations on alcohol consumption. We want to ensure our customers are aware when they book.”
Travel association ABTA has backed the drinks limit, saying it “strongly supports” the new rules. A spokesman said: “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.”