ILOVETOUR can confirm that after 16 incredible years, we will not be running Saloufest in 2017.
We apologise to those loyal customers who had set their hearts on experiencing the legend of Saloufest one more time in 2017. Our phenomenal Croatia and Italy festivals are still operating as normal, though we urge customers to get their bookings in ASAP as space is running low.
Pressure from the Generalitat de Catalunya (the Catalan government) and the local city council, in reaction to widespread negative Spanish media over the last 3-4 years, has ultimately forced our hotel partners to withdraw. Without our wonderful hotels, there can be no event- so sadly we have to call time on what has been a fantastic journey in Salou.
Other concerns include the growing issue of intimidating Police behaviour, including the dishing out of arbitrary spot fines for wearing fancy dress etc. as well as ongoing pressure and harassment of our local partners and suppliers by the local authorities. All this makes it clear to us that Catalunya closes its doors to tourism for under 25's.
ILOVETOUR Spain 2017
With an interest in developing alternative programmes, we met with hotels and local authorities in other areas of the Catalunya region. Unfortunately, it was made clear that the student population were also not welcome here, with large on the spot fines expected to be enforced on holiday makers not following the strict rules outlined. For this reason, we do not currently foresee ourselves running any events in the region in the near future. The safety and enjoyment of our customers are our primary concerns.
To all our life-long friends, family, staff and supporters in Spain who relied on the out-of-season income Saloufest represented (over €5m a year)- we’re sorry to let you down and we thank you for your incredible support.
To the 100,000+ students and reps who are proud owners of their own Essential Life Experiences in Salou- thank you for being part of something truly special. Cherish those memories, share the stories and keep loving tour!
All good things must come to an end and, as a team, ILOVETOUR are inspired by our amazing clients to create bigger and better experiences, events and tours. We’re investing more than ever into our client experience and are hugely excited to launch our new events in 2018 and continue what we began all those years ago.
The ILOVETOUR Team x