New law to allow Ibiza council to regulate open air music venues
Ibiza has developed its reputation as the ultimate party destination off of its infamous open air parties and clubs. However, the White Isle’s heritage might be at risk as a new law is imminent, which would allow municipalities to “regulate, determine or prohibit, in a reasonable manner, tourist activities.” This announcement comes just a week after the tourism board sought to ban alcohol on flights in and out of the much frequented tourist destination.
This new ruling may allow the Ibiza council to restrict any and all open air music gatherings — including festivals. In the words of Ibiza’s director of tourism Vicente Torres, “It was very clear that the tourism law needed to be modified” especially since the “previously liberal law offered the opportunity for activities that are incompatible with the day-to-day life of an island that wants a sustainable kind of tourism.”
Thankfully this law is not retroactive, and will not be applicable to running establishments, but might prove to be a hindrance for new ventures.