All-inclusive resorts are making a big comeback from the days of simple accommodations, mediocre food, and long buffet lines. Today’s all-inclusive can be anything from an adult-only spa themed resort to a family-centered playland with waterparks and babysitters. And luxury is not hard to find.
Back in the 1950s, when all-inclusives had their start with Club Med, the focus of the industry was on singles, young couples and honeymooners on a shoestring. But now, that is not so at all.
“Historically, there has been a stigma attached to this industry — that it is limited to middle-market consumers,” says Scott D. Berman, a principal at PwC and leader of the firm’s U.S. hospitality and leisure practice.
Now, Berman and other experts can agree that the face of the all-inclusive vacation has changed for the infinitely better.
The rebounding all-inclusive concept is therefore quickly growing in popularity, according to Forbes. Studies show that the percentage of travelers flocking to all-inclusives has risen from 8% to 14% in just the last three years, and is reportedly the fastest growing segment of the travel industry.
Why the sudden reappearance on the radar? Well, some feel it is due to the economic downturn in our recent history. Now more than ever people just want to know up front what their trip is going to cost and want to avoid surprises. People also like the feeling of not having to carry a wallet or purse everywhere. It takes some of the care out of the way so that you can truly relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Do you really save money going with an all-inclusive? That depends on the circumstances. No one has ever formerly done studies on the difference in cost involved, “But guests paying for inclusive packaging have the perception that they are spending less [at an all-inclusive],” says Berman. “There is a psychological comfort in knowing they aren’t going to get a bill with pages of itemized resort charges.”
Although you may not save all that much, knowing everything up front can go a long way to helping you relax and enjoy your very precious days of leisure.
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