In 1989, the Balearic parliament approved the general criteria for the plan for the management of tourism offer. Known as POOT, this plan sought to establish quotas in coastal tourist municipalities for accommodation and other tourist services. A means of guiding these quotas was space on beaches, regulation for which had existed prior to the establishment of regional government in 1983 but which was updated by POOT. From 1989, therefore, it was determined that each beachgoer should be able to enjoy 7.5 square metres as opposed to the previous five.
Beach space regulations were meant to prevent tourist overcrowding
The regulations prompted the rise of the 'hotel resort'
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