'Growing demand' for all-inclusive holidays

05 January 2017 09:11

Questions over the pound have made all-inclusive breaks more popular, data shows

Questions over the pound have made all-inclusive breaks more popular, data shows

Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.

With the New Year just getting under way and Christmas now behind us, many households will be weighing up their 2017 travel options.

Following the EU referendum in June and the subsequent drop in the value of the pound, it seems a number of people are now keen to take advantage of all-inclusive resorts.

Research from travel firm Kuoni shows demand for all-inclusive breaks abroad has climbed to such an extent that they now account for 31% of all bookings.

Compared to the situation before the in-out referendum of June 23, this represents a rise of 11 percentage points.

Caribbean proves popular

When it comes to specific destinations, the Caribbean is the most popular all-inclusive option for travellers. Kuoni said three quarters (75%) of the holidays being sold there are now all-inclusive - marking a new record.

Wherever people plan to venture to this year, travel insurance could come in handy in case they suffer an accident, lose important luggage or endure flight cancellations.

Uncertainty over the value of the pound is expected to create a further jump in demand for all-inclusive breaks as the year unfolds. This type of holiday has already become more popular since the recession of 2008.

The role of luxury resorts

Luxury resorts are making the most of people's growing desire for all-inclusive stays, Kuoni said, with Mauritius and Vietnam investing in upgraded all-inclusive destinations.

Kuoni's Derek Jones said all-inclusive breaks look set to be one of the big travel trends for the coming 12 months.

He added: "We're seeing some clear trends for the year ahead, with more all-inclusive bookings as people look to lock down their holiday costs before they travel, and destinations where the exchange rate is favourable."

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