NIGHTCLUBS in British holiday hotspots in Spain are facing closure because of a lack of ice.
Desperate bar and restaurant owners are rushing to stock up on ice after some shops started limiting the amount of bags sold to customers.
And a club manager in Palma has said he may have to close his nightspots if the problem continues.
Jose Perez, who runs Grupo Palma Ocio which operates two nightclubs in the Majorcan capital called Templo Palma and Backstage as well as a bar and restaurants, told island newspaper Ultima Hora: “We’ve spent the last 10 days fighting to get hold of ice.
“If we don’t have ice we can’t sell drinks with spirits in them and if that happens, we can’t open.”
The supply problem has been blamed on high electricity prices in April and May which led to less ice being stored, coupled with high spring temperatures which pushed demand up.
Manuel Espinar, the president of regional Valencian Community Hospitality Confederation Conhostur, said: “Members are telling me they’re not experiencing any serious problems at the moment but this could change in August which is a good month for tourism.
Fernando Plazas, general director of Procubitos Europe which is Spain’s largest ice producer, said: “There is ice but less than the market needs.”
“it could become a problem for those businesses that don’t have ice-making machines.”
Spain is currently in the grip of this third heatwave so far this summer.
Meanwhile, Spain is currently in the grip of another heatwave so far this summer.
Weather officials said that last month was the driest so far this year and the second-hottest since at least 1950.
The sea in areas like the Costa Blanca is still at 30 degrees Celsius.
Earlier yesterday it emerged British tourists in Spain had been told they can continue to keep their hotel rooms chilled despite a new law limiting temperatures in public spaces to 27 degrees Celsius.
Shops, bars and restaurants, supermarkets and airports in the UK’s favourite foreign holiday destination are being banned from setting their air con below 27C in the summer.
And they have also been told they can’t raise their heating above 19C in the winter.
But hotel rooms have been exempted from the new rule because they are considered private spaces.
The government order will apply to parts of hotels considered public spaces, such as receptions and eating areas.
Schools, hospitals, hairdressers and public transport including planes and trains have also been grouped among the exceptions.
The energy-saving measures have been criticised by Spanish hotel and restaurant associations.