If you are planning to go to Magaluf next summer then you might just want to hold fire before you book. After Magaluf hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this year it seems that the local government have decided enough is enough and Magaluf is to become a “mature tourist zone.”
Those of us old enough will remember this being done before in the resort of Faliraki. Once they turned it into a mature resort one thing happened, people stopped going. Now this would have been the intended result but what they never factored in is that mature people just didn’t go to Faliraki. After a few years they were actively chasing the clubbers once again but it was too late. Today Faliraki is a non entity in the world of clubbing holidays.
The local government have decided they are going to “review the services offered to tourists.”
It seems that the locals have had enough and some of the changes being considered for the 2015 season will be.
- Police from across Europe helping to police the strip.
- Banning pub crawls
- Banning drinking in the street
- Generall clamp down on the anti social behaviour that Magaluf is known for.
- The ability to close pubs and bars at midnight.
There is a fine line however. If all these rules come into place then one thing will happen, young holiday makers will stop going. It is estimated that the one million british tourists spend €800 million Euros a year, this is a lot of money to give up and the local economy relies on it. We doubt there will be many happy local business owners if this money that they rely on simply disappears.
Magaluf has made its name on being a party place, something that it has been promoted as by the local businesses. They should take a closer look at what happened in Falaraki before they decide that they don’t need the holidaymakers that they have so actively courted over the last few years. The fact that there are no shortage of clubbing holiday resorts in Europe simply means that people will not go to Magaluf and will go elsewhere.
Also don’t believe that it is only brits getting drunk in Magaluf, tourists from all over Europe go to the Magaluf for the exact same reasons young brits do.
What do you think of the planned changes for Magaluf? Would you still go?