The Pros and Cons of All Inclusive

All inclusive was once reserved for long-haul holidays or for large sprawling hotels on the edge of resorts. But today, all inclusive is available on a huge range of breaks. From holidays to Rhodes and Spain to long-haul trips to the Caribbean, all inclusive is in demand. And tour operators are responding by offering this meal arrangement in an ever-growing range of hotels.

There are plenty of debates raging about all inclusive. Some people think it’s a convenient and cost-effective way to spend a holiday, as it removes the hassle of finding somewhere to eat at night and can also be highly cost effective – especially when travelling with children. However, others think it’s a lazy way to spend a holiday. Not only that, but it can actually encourage holidaymakers to stay within the confines of the hotel rather than getting out to explore the area.

It can even be damaging for the local economy. Businesses claim they are missing out and even losing money, as fewer tourists spend money in their shops, bars and restaurants; instead they choose to stay in the hotel where all meals and drinks are included. Furthermore this attitude can impact day trips and excursions to see local sights and landmarks, leading some visitors to depart without having found out about the local heritage or benefited the area in any way.

Many people view this as irresponsible tourism and are campaigning for large hotels and tour operators to cut down on all inclusive or investigate other ways to benefit the local economy.

However regardless of the ongoing debates, the popularity of all inclusive continues to rise, especially as families are feeling the pinch. A quick browse of online holidays shows that all inclusive 2013 holidays are everywhere – and there seems to be more than ever before. What’s your opinion – is all inclusive worthwhile or just plain lazy?

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