Party island Malia bans 10,000 Britons
The party town of Malia has banned 10,000 British visitors as it attempts to shed its wild “sex, drugs and anything goes” reputation.
In a massive crackdown, local hoteliers have turned away some 10,000 UK bookings in a bid to rid themselves of debauched stag and hen parties.
Malia, on the island of Crete, is notorious for its decadent parties and nightclubs, and was the setting for the first Inbetweeners film.
But local residents, business owners and government officials say they have had enough of their rowdy British visitors.
They now hope to reinvent the town’s image as a safe and friendly holiday destination for German, Austrian and Dutch families, The Times reports.
Key to this is quashing the pub crawl party operators, who use whistles to lead groups of young Brits through as many as 17 establishments in an evening.
Deputy mayor Efthymios Moutrakis told the paper: “We’ve given these tour operators a free hand in branding an image completely alien to what Malia really is.
“Malia isn’t about sex, drugs and everything goes. It’s the prime tourist destination in Crete, bringing in millions of euros to the island.”