ITAA statement regarding Balearic Islands’ decision to pass a bill aimed at clamping down on excessive alcohol consumption.

22 January 2020

TRAINING DATE: 08/08/2019

Dublin, 20th January 2020  The Irish Travel Agents Association have welcomed a recent decision by Spain’s Balearic Islands to clamp down on excessive alcohol consumption by holidaymakers on the islands. The restrictions will apply to: San Antonio on the island of Ibiza and El Arenal and Magaluf on Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic’s four islands. These three areas have a reputation for excess, with thousands of young tourists flocking there every year.


Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA stated, “The ITAA view the introduction of these new laws as a positive move for the Balearic Islands. While everyone likes to kick back and have a good time on holiday, it is important to do so safely and responsibly to ensure that nobody gets hurt. It is important to sort this out now, for the improvement of these areas and the people who live there.”


“It is good that the Balearic regional authorities and local tourist organizations are making efforts to resolve these issues, to ensure that other holidaymakers and residents of the islands can feel safe in their surroundings while still having fun.”


He continued, “Member travel agents are recommending that their customers who are visiting these areas to seek out accommodation that adheres to these new policies on excessive drinking. ”