Bookings of all inclusive holidays have doubled in the last four years, according to research by The Co-operative Travel, and the boom is thought to be connected to the fact that many families are feeling the pinch. Believe it or not, all inclusive package holidays can work out much more cost effective than many people think.
One of the benefits of booking all inclusive holidays is that you know exactly how much your holiday is going to cost and there are no hidden extras. You don’t need to worry about the cost of food and drink in resort or paying for extras such as transfers.
A third of all package holidays now sold are all inclusive according to the research with 7 million bookings studied over 4 years. Many people assume that booking flights and accommodation separately is much cheaper, however often find that they spend a lot more once they are in resort.
Similarly, self catering package holidays often look good on paper, but add to this the fact that you have to buy food and drink, whether from supermarkets or restaurants and the cost soon mounts
Director of retail distributions at The Co-operative, Trevor Davis said “With holiday budgets still tight, it’s clear that more and more people are preferring a fixed cost option, meaning that they can relax during their break without counting the pennies.”
He also predicted that if this trend continues, then almost half of all holidays booked by summer 2012 will be all inclusive. Leading tour operator TUI also recently announced that its First Choice outlet will only sell all inclusive holidays from summer 2012 as a direct result of the increase in customers booking this type of holiday.