The mayor of Calvia, a area on the island of Mallorca, has condemned anti-tourism protests amid fears a crackdown on binge ingesting will drive vacationers away.

Mayor Juan Antonio Amengual stated that though they’re “altering Magaluf”, British, German and Italian vacationers are nonetheless “actually welcome” within the boozy Mallorcan hotspot.

“My message is all of the British are actually welcome in Calvia, that is essential… it’s not the identical message you may have heard within the different authorities,” he advised the Each day Mail.

“We would like the individuals to get pleasure from [their holidays] with respect between vacationers and the residents… this case now is creating ‘tourism-phobia’ coming from these behaviours from some vacationers, not all vacationers.”

In Magaluf, the tourism season has been prolonged to run between March and November, and officers hope they’ll maintain the concord between holidaymakers and locals. Beforehand, peak season on the island lasted from Might to September.

Vacationers on the favored Punta Ballena strip in Magaluf (Getty Pictures)

“The British individuals and the Mallorcan individuals and the Spanish individuals, we stay collectively, and I don’t wish to see an issue”, mayor Amengual stated.

New measures to regulate the behaviour of partying Brits, together with a road ingesting ban and restrictions on the late-night gross sales of booze, are set to be trialled till December 2027.

Underneath the laws, anti-social road drinkers may face a tremendous between €500 (£430) and €1,500 (£1,290) for disrupting the “tranquillity of the surroundings”.

For summer time 2024, Mr Amengual says undercover law enforcement officials will even be deployed to halt prostitution, topless vacationers and the sale of medication on the Magaluf strip.

“My dream or what I need is Magaluf to develop into a vacation spot of day exercise and evening exercise however the way it’s been all the time – not focus the issue in a single road and one downside.

“We have now labored very onerous to take away the title of Magaluf. Previously, they tried to alter the title of Magaluf to Calvia Seaside – however now it’s not this fashion. We wish to defend the phrase “Magaluf” like Ibiza, like Mallorca, as a model that may be a large model.”

The warning of “tourism-phobia” comes as anti-tourism protests sweep Spain.

In response to considerations over mass tourism, demonstrations have been deliberate in Mallorca on Might 27, which coincides with the primary day of the UK half time period.

Comparable demonstrations are deliberate in Ibiza this week following chaos within the Canary Islands on the finish of April when 1000’s took to the streets in Tenerife to protest growing vacationer footfall.

Balearic Islands president Marga Prohens additionally lately advocated for limiting the expansion of tourism to prioritise “worth, not quantity”.


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