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All-inclusives remain all-exclusive
Posted: Apr 24, 2012
This summer, tour operator First Choice, part of TUI, switches all its holidays to all-inclusive. Thomas Cook is reportedly increasing the number of all inclusives holidays it offers by 10 per cent. But what does the resurgence of the all-inclusive model, where tourists are invited to ‘leave their wallets at home’, mean for the destinations we visit?
- Majorica – all-inclusive holidays blamed for loss of local businesses. In September 2011 local businesses organised a day of protest against the all-inclusive hotels
- Turkey – research found only 10% of tourist spend from all-inclusive holidays found its way into local economy
- Mombasa, Kenya – World Bank states all-inclusive beach holidays contributed the least economic benefit
- Kenya – 87% of tourists go on all-inclusive holidays and yet over half of local people live on less than 1$ a day
- Jamaica – all-inclusive hotels attracted tourists in the short term but blocked development of other types of tourism, leading to increased tourist harassment
- Dominican Republic – all-inclusive holidays blamed for restaurant closures and increased negative attitude towards tourists
- Goa, India – ‘enclave tourism’, local taxis and guides losing business to all-inclusive resorts
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