Holiday warning as restaurants in Brit hols hotspot charging more than £100 per diner if you cancel your table | The Sun

BRIT holidaymakers have been warned that restaurants in a popular tourist spot are now charging over £100 per diner for cancellations.

One in five eateries in the Spanish destination have started charging the high fee for last minute no-shows, with others due to follow suit.

The new fees are an apparent clampdown on tourists who make- and break – multiple reservations, often through speedy online bookings.

All michelin starred restaurants in Majorca are set to adopt the strict new policy, where penalties can vary from 20 to 120 euros, up to roughly £100.

Other eateries are expected to follow, according to reports.

Brits will be forced to hand over their credit card info when booking some restaurants online as part of the strict new policy.


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Chief of the CAEB restaurant association, Alfonso Robledo, said this will make tourists "value the restaurant's work more, as well as the losses that a last-minute cancellation or no-show they incur be it economic, staffing, or planning a day".

He thinks the rest of the island's restaurants will soon adopt the same rule for holidaymakers.

One local restaurant owner, Vanessa Pradera, said that 257 people failed to show up for reserved meals in July and August which cost her over £11,000 – if each were to spend roughly £35.

She told Olive Press that over the years she's heard a wide array of inventive excuses for tourists who make last-minute cancellations.

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"The amount of people reporting the sudden death of their grandmother as an excuse is common, as well as threats to write negative online reviews to harm our reputation."

It comes as Brits were warned to think twice about visiting the popular holiday island as it was battered by torrential storms.

But in better news for fans of the spot, Majorca is set to reconsider its controversial limit on the number of cruise ships which can visit the island and its plan to "cap" the number of tourists.

The Balearic government agreed last year to only allow three big liners a day at the port in Palma in a bid to cut congestion and visitor numbers.

But since the elections and the formation of a new administration, the regional government says it is prepared to look at allowing more than three cruise ships a day from 2015.

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