All-inclusive holidays on the up among Britons
Post by Sean Davies
on 17 August 2011 in Travel & Leisure
Financial pressures have led to a surge in Britons choosing all-inclusive packages for their annual holidays.
Recent research shows that bookings of holidays abroad that include flights, accommodation, food and drink have risen by 50 per cent in the last four years. A week in Majorca, for example, can now cost as little as £372 per person, and deals such as these are being snapped up by people who may previously have chosen a top-end holiday.
Another survey, conducted by the Post Office Travel Money, has found that not all holidaymakers are clear about what all-inclusive means, with four out of five people having to pay for items they thought would be included. When it came to dining, 65 per cent of those asked discovered that restrictions were put in place on food and drink, and that extra charges were made on items they assumed would be free.
Sarah Munro, head of Post Office Travel Money, said: “Although it is perfectly possible to stick to all-inclusive deals, our research found that in practice only one in five holidaymakers actually spent nothing extra on their trip.
“Our research made it clear that holidaymakers expected food and drinks to be included, but in many cases packages only covered basics like buffet food and local drinks. Two-thirds of the hotels surveyed excluded a la carte meals and well over half did not include cocktails, bottles of wine and branded alcoholic drinks.”