The past couple of years we've heard plenty of talk about 'staycations', 'daycations' and 'palidays', aswell as other holiday fads that try to keep a check on our dwindling finances. But, the key trend this year and one that is growing is that of the All Inclusive!
All Inclusive holidays have certainly increased in popularity over the past few years, as people want to know exactly how much they will spend on their annual holiday before they leave. Some destinations claim that the new concept has damaging effects on the local communities, but as tour operators encourage local hoteliers to shop locally wherever possible, those hoteliers that have shunned all inclusive concept must now compete or risk tourists not coming at all.
So once the concept of only luxury resorts in such far flung places such as The Caribbean, all inclusive can now be found most anywhere in the world, including most parts of the Mediterranean.
Although adventure and experience holidays are on the increase, the trend still seems to be with those that want to stay within their comfort zone and are happy to venture no further than their hotel! And why should people when the price of an all inclusive holiday is now very competitive when compared to the cost of a traditional package holiday? A new case study has shown that a family of 4 can save approximately £500 on a week's all inclusive break when compared to a weeks bed and breakfast. And it is mainly the family market that it appeals to – knowing that the cost of ice creams, snacks and drinks can soon mount up and knowing that if your child spills their drink it doesn't matter.
So what does an all inclusive holiday include??? Well, they do differ and you need to ensure you know exactly what the package includes before you book to check it meets all of your requirements. The majority of them include your flights, in resort transfers, accommodation, meals and unlimited local drinks but some include activities, child care arrangements, out of hours snacks and branded drinks. Many are even widening their offers to include extras such as in room dining, excursions and much more!
So, if you like the idea of not worrying about the fluctuating exchange rates and the fact that you can leave your wallet in the hotel room, and whether you are after 3 star in Majorca from £265 per person to 5 star in the Maldives from £2,038 per person, the All Inclusive concept could be for you!
For more information about All Inclusive holidays and to find out about the special offers and great value holidays available in 2012, please contact me, Jill Wilson – your local Macclesfield Co-operative Personal Travel Advisor.