Ibiza might be known as one of the best party islands for Brits looking to let off some steam, but some of its iconic nightclubs could be at risk of shutting down amid a government crackdown.
The Balearic government has announced plans to dedicate €10 million to buying 'low-category' establishments, which could then be closed as the government seeks to rid its islands of unruly tourism and present a new model for visitors.
Balearic president Francina Armengol has argued that those in charge of the islands have to 'promote a production model that can simultaneously generate prosperity, employment and opportunities', but adding that they need to do so 'by protecting the capacity of a territory and natural resources that are incompatible with excessive tourist pressure'.
According to ibizapreservation.org, the Spanish islands of Ibiza and Formentera have received more than 2,000 tourists for every 100 residents since 2017, with the number of tourists almost doubling in recent years in comparison to figures from 2001.
The government has not specified which establishments it will target, but nightclubs could be at risk due to their role in attracting tourists.
Speaking during a policy debate, Armengol drew attention to 'overcrowding at certain times of the year' and said there could be a reduction in establishments used by tourists without impacting employment or social cohesion.
She further argued it was time to start making change rather than perpetuate 'the superficial debate overcrowding', adding: "We have to be responsible and recognise that tourism is employment, it is development, it is resources for our welfare state. For the Balearics, it is the most complex challenge."
Discussion of the government's plan comes after the Balearic Islands introduced new rules for all-inclusive holidays, making it so tourists were limited to six drinks as opposed to the endless alcohol previously available at many hotels.
A statement from Thomas Cook released at the time explained: "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 Magaluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, there is a new restriction on All Inclusive."
The measures have not been met favourably by holidaymakers, many of who can't wait to see exactly how much food and drink they can consume to make the most of the all-inclusive options.
As the government continues to develop its plan, let's just hope there will still be somewhere to dance off the extra calories.
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