Holidaymakers heading for all-inclusive hotels in Majorca and Ibiza could be forced to pay for alcohol under new rules.
Tourism chiefs in the Balearic Islands have been promising tough action after expressing concern that unlimited booze is causing anti-social behaviour.
Now, it is understood, discussions are progressing over the idea of ruling out free and unrestricted alcohol in the main holiday resorts and the suggestion is likely to go out for public consultation later this summer.
Island newspaper Diario de Mallorca says the government is studying the formula to force hotels to charge alcohol separately in the all-inclusive system and ‘thus stopping the sometimes massive consumption that takes place in the establishments that offer this service’.
‘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.’
Earlier this year, the Balearic government had been considering restricting all-inclusive hotels to only offering free alcohol at mealtimes.
But this suggestion seems to go one step further and is likely to prove extremely unpopular.
However, island leaders say that instead of free alcohol, hotels could offer all-inclusive guests added value in other ways.
It is unclear how this could work but it has been suggested it could involve free trips or guided tours.
The Balearic government says it will be talking to all the individual councils before making any firm proposals.