First Choice going all-all-inclusive from 2012
Consider the all-inclusive holiday. All your food and drink is free, someone comes round to your room once a day to wipe your backside and things only get tetchy when someone pukes in the pool. Or at least that’s our understanding of the AI experience – we’re not allowed to have holidays here at Bitterwallet.
Now First Choice have decided that the all-inclusive is the FUTURE and are going AI-only from next year. They are claiming that a typical family (whatever that is) can save up to £500 a week by going all-inclusive, as opposed to doing it all themselves. The move isn’t all that great, as 65% of First Choice holidays are AI already.
But the Independent’s travel editor Simon Calder briefly stopped going around the world and looking at stuff for a bit in order to tell the BBC that, “From every point of view, except perhaps holiday company shareholders, all-inclusives are the devil's work. From the holidaymaker's perspective, they dampen the appetite to explore - because as soon as you step beyond the walls the meter starts running and you're incurring extra costs. Therefore you're not getting the range of experiences you would find if you simply used the hotel for sleeping in, and explored the options in the area.”
Tell us about your holidaying habits, avid readers. Do you do all-inclusive or are they truly ‘the devil’s work’. Do you believe in the devil? Should we be more religiously tolerant? Is it a good idea for them to bring back ‘Dallas’? Anything else you’d like to tell us? That’s what that box down there is for.