Are all-inclusive holidays value-for-money?

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New research for the Post Office Travel Money All Inclusive Holiday Report suggests that those who stick to what is included in their package could make significant savings over a traditional package holiday.

It looked at a number of destinations to calculate the savings. For example, holidaymakers could save could save over 25% in the Turkish resort of  Marmaris compared with the cost of a week’s B&B holiday in the Turkish resort with meals added. In Majorca the cost of a week’s all inclusive package without any added expenditure was £508 (24%) lower than the equivalent B&B trip.

The key feature of the research is that people stick to their all-inclusive package and don’t indulge themselves by buying things outside their resort. The research suggests that the majority of families don’t abide by an all-inclusive offer but buy things elsewhere as well.

It says that almost two-thirds of parents spent an average of £271 on meals, snacks and drinks in resorts outside their packaged hotel including £67 on eating out whereas they don’t need to do this at all as the resort provides all this as part of the package. On long-haul holidays the money spent is even higher – £321.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said:  “… our research shows that 11% of families travelling abroad this year will be taking an all inclusive holiday for the first time.  However, holidaymakers should also be aware our report reveals that spending on top of paid-for packages is on the increase.”

Assuming the research is accurate, it looks as though all-inclusive holidays are not good value for many people who take them because they spend unnecessarily and they would probably be better off by booking an ordinary holiday rather than an all-inclusive one.

The research should be manna from heaven for many destinations because the fear often is that people booking all-inclusive holidays do not spend money in the surrounding community. By not doing so the feeling is that the resort – often foreign owned – repatriates the money and the local community does not benefit. It looks as though those local communities do benefit provided that all-inclusive holidaymakers continue to spend unnecessarily.

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