Málaga ‘fed up with hen parties’ and could install noise monitors in tourist apartments – Reuters

The Spanish city of Malaga has pledged to crack down on ‘party tourism’, which has brought large groups of visitors who dress up in ‘scandalous costumes’ and wear phallic symbols

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Spain’s Costa del Sol region is set to crack down on ‘scandalous’ stag and hen parties and is considering installing noise monitors in tourist apartments.

Malaga is leading the way after hoteliers and local residents said they were fed up with “magaluf-style drunken tourism” in the historic city.

They are particularly infuriated by large groups of men and women who dress in “scandalous costumes” bearing phallic symbols and take over high-end restaurants for their celebrations.

The local mayor, Francisco de la Torre, confirmed that the city council was fighting against “party tourism” and pledged: “We are not going to tolerate an uncontrolled city”.

And he added, “Anyone who comes must abide by the city’s coexistence rules.”

Malaga has pledged to end the outrageous behavior of tourists


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He promised tough measures, including noise checks and heavy fines for infractions.

The number of bachelor and bachelorette parties has soared in recent months following the easing of coronavirus restrictions and the resurgence of tourism.

Local residents say Malaga seems to be “consolidating itself as a destination for this drunken tourism” and hoteliers share their view, saying the destination’s image is tarnished.

Carlos Carrera, president of the Association of Residents of the Historic Center, said that “Malaga has all the characteristics necessary to attract this Magaluf-type drunken tourism”, especially since there are many tourist apartments in the main district. residential.

Locals say drunk tourists are harmful to the city


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“Leisure places and terraces have increased, as well as the number of bars, concert halls and nightclubs, so that they can do what they do on the streets,” he said.

“People come here to do what they want because nothing is going to happen to them. The police do little or nothing, they seem deaf, blind and dumb. This type of tourism is very harmful, benefits very few and scares away quality tourism.”

The association says stag parties, both domestic and international, “are armed with megaphones and sound reproduction equipment” and spoil “the jewel in the city’s crown”.

The direction taken by the historic center had to be “corrected”, in order to regain control of the situation.

Mr Carrera welcomed the measurement of noise meters in tourist apartments but wondered who would monitor them.

Javier Frutos, president of Mahos, the association of hoteliers in Malaga, said the hotel sector rejects “all kinds of public scandals which are not very edifying for the city”.

“Not everyone who decides to have a bachelor party behaves the same way, but it’s true that a lot of them choose to dress flashy, which a lot of hoteliers can’t stand .

Some restaurants do not allow them to enter their premises with these clothes.

“The fact that people want to come and have fun is fine, as long as they do so out of respect for the city they arrive in, for the customers, visitors and passers-by around them.”

It is estimated that around 300,000 bachelor and hen parties are celebrated in Spain each year, but the nuisance they can cause has led a number of towns and tourist resorts to ban them in public.

These locations include Madrid, Salamanca and Tossa de Mar.

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