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Ibiza Authorities to Drive Out English Hooligans

Author: Jonty Adderley @ SKRUFF
Friday, June 1, 2001
Spain's Tourist Board are aiming to reduce the numbers of British clubbers visiting Ibiza by up to 20% this year, in what appears to be a co-ordinated attempt to move the Mediterranean island upmarket. "We are working with the Spanish Tourist Office in London," a spokesperson from Ibiza's Tourism Agency told NME. "The British tourists must change- they have to behave if they want to stay here." Club flyering and over-the-top club parades through Ibiza Town have also been banned for the new season, which effectively gets going this weekend.

The move to reduce the numbers of budget package British tourists follows the imposition of a new eco tax, designed to address the serious problems afflicting the island's eco system. Five of the seven underground fresh water aquifers serving the island, have been so overdrilled in recent years that they've been penetrated by sea water, rendering all five sources of water as unsuitable for both drinking and irrigation needs. The number of cars on the island also now exceeds the number of residents, following a 52% increase over the last 10 years (the Observer).
Jonty Adderley