Call for crackdown on 'drunk tourism'

20th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 August 2004, MADRID — Spain’s tourism chief has called for a crackdown on travel companies and bars that encourage drunkenness among young tourists.

20 August 2004

MADRID — Spain’s tourism chief has called for a crackdown on travel companies and bars that encourage drunkenness among young tourists.

Those that actively promote the excessive consumption of alcohol should be “sanctioned or shut down” said the secretary general of tourism, Raimon Martínez Fraile. 

Asked at a Madrid press conference what he felt about the number of drunken incidents in holiday resorts, Martínez Fraile replied, “we don’t want to give publicity to this type of event.

“It can only be counter-productive to our image of quality tourism.”

The secretary general was especially critical of tour operators that offer free drinks at bars as an incentive to attract young holidaymakers.

One newspaper in Catalonia has reported that a German operator is offering five hours of free drinks a day for its clients at their hotels in the Costa Brava resort of Calella.

Some Dutch operators arrange to take their customers on a crawl of more than 10 bars on the first night of their holidays for a cost of just EUR 9, the newspaper added.

Martinez Fraile’s comments follow those of Catalan Counsellor Montserrat Tura who accused some operators of encouraging ‘drunken tourism’ – ‘turismo de borrachera" as it has been dubbed in Spain – following a night of brawls in the resort of Lloret del Mar last week.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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