Study shows UK tourists most likely to try the balcony in Spain
These tragic events have overshadowed the rebound in tourism that is expected to flood the Spanish islands in the coming months, and the Balearic Islands government in particular fears that the deadly ‘balcony’ fad is making a comeback.
Shocked by the number of seriously injured Britons turning up in the emergency room, surgeon Juan José Segura Sampedro of Son Espases Hospital in Palma began investigating the causes, and his research led to three main conclusions among British holidaymakers: the balcony is a trend that most attracts men (97%), young people (24 years old on average) and drunk people.
“It’s alcohol-induced madness,” summed up the expert, who was later decorated by the Queen of England as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his study and contribution to prevention of this phenomenon.
Regardless of the deadly impact on holidaymakers themselves, these horrific accidents give Spain’s islands a reputation for being dangerous.
British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott said: “We know how excited young people will be about what could be their first holiday abroad for at least two years; perhaps the first on its own. The Balearic Islands are an amazing holiday destination, but we want to make sure everyone in the UK knows the local rules and how to stay safe on a night out.
“We are working closely with the Balearic government whose new measures include limiting excessive alcohol consumption and anti-social behavior. We all have a responsibility to know the rules, stick to them, and have a great vacation for ourselves and those around us.
“The best way to do this is to make sure you look after your friends, stay together and enjoy your vacation safely and responsibly.”