British guests arriving at hotels in Majorca will be asked to sign a code of conduct before checking in, in a bid to ensure more civilised behaviour in the popular holiday resort.
Patricia Campomar, a lawyer acting for the Playa de Palma hoteliers association, says that with the return of British tourists to the resort, the situation in Majorca’s streets is becoming more chaotic than ever.
She singles out “botellón” – large unlicensed street parties – and other illegal business selling booze to increasingly rowdy tourists.
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Street traders selling cocktails are rife, she says, and there are even masseuses offering their services on the beach. She says the situation is "out of control”.
The resort’s hoteliers are desperate to restore some sort of order, and say the local police aren’t doing enough – even though elite police units armed with Sig Sauer 553 assault rifles have been deployed to some holiday towns such as Palmanova, Santa Ponsa and Magaluf.
"We are not even halfway through July and it's worse than ever,” Campomar said. "There is a lack of vigilance and commitment to enforce the regulations.”
She said that the hoteliers’ association has asked more than once exactly how many police there will be on the streets "but no one tells us”.
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This year looks set to be Spain's busiest summer for tourism ever. Spanish media reports an “avalanche of tourists” arriving in the country, packing hotels and camp sites to capacity.
ABTA, the British Association of Travel Agents, says: "Under the new rules from 9th June, drinking in the street will be banned between 10pm and 8am, antisocial activities will be banned and subject to fines and the size of bar crawls will be controlled.
"ABTA also understands that the new regime will be introduced gradually, allowing bar owners and tour organisers sufficient time to adjust their business practices.
"The resort of Magaluf is on the outskirts of the Mallorcan capital Palma and for many years has been popular with younger holidaymakers from all around Europe including the UK
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"Magaluf is also popular with families, and in recent years has started to target more affluent holidaymakers.
"The district of Calvia where Magaluf is situated has introduced new regulations after consultation with the Spanish and Balearic Governments and local businesses.
"Improvements in public safety through the police combining with other security forces such as the Spanish Civil Guard and new operational and traffic units, and the additional presence of 36 police officers during high season."
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