Going abroad for hen and stag parties is an increasingly attractive option for those looking to celebrate the traditional pre-marital send-off, but not everyone is a fan of the high-spirited occasions. While Italian cities are taking measures to curb what they consider to be undesirable behaviours by visitors, in Spain, the principal Andalucían cities of Granada, Málaga, Córdoba have introduced measures to curb some of the wilder antics of pre-wedding groups.
Attractions like high-speed train links, unregulated apartment rentals and online entertainment packages have made Andalucía popular, according to a report in El Pais. It says that Francisco de la Torre, the mayor of Málaga, is putting a greater police presence on the streets to police the partygoers. Its city council is collaborating with neighbourhood associations, the hospitality sector and rental agencies on the issue. In Córdoba, the tourism and culture association is concerned about illegal holiday rentals, as it feels they encourage hen and stag party tourism, and it wants to focus on tackling them.
Granada has been prompted to designate officers specifically to control revellers from midday on Thursday to Saturday night every week. It usually has 15 or 20 hen and stag parties going on simultaneously, and it has issued fines for megaphone use and drinking alcohol in public places. Its deputy government spokeswoman, Ana Muñoz, has called a multi-party meeting to address what she says is “a display of outrageous behaviour that this city doesn’t need to put up with.”
Even though the hen and stag party industry brings money to these areas, local authorities feel that the cost is too great. According to Pedro Pablo Fernández, coordinator for the Asento association in Córdoba, these events impact on his city’s image, business models and harmonious living conditions for the locals, which is why he and his counterparts in neighbouring cities are keen to address the issue now.