After the publication of a new travel guide recommending all-inclusive travel to young people, many organisations have openly disagreed, saying that in fact it brings little benefits.
The Plan. Pack. Explore. travel guide came highly recommended by the Foreign Office but charity Tourism Concern has dared to disagree. It has argued that all-inclusive resorts bring little economic or cultural benefits to communities and travellers alike.
Tourism Concern's executive director, Mark Watson, told the Independent "The all-inclusive model brings the least benefit to local communities?And for young people, part of travel is the cultural exchange - which an all-inclusive holiday inhibits."
The Foreign Office has responded by saying the book is not intended to endorse any kind of holiday, but to encourage young people to consider all the options, especially those on a tight budget.
All-inclusive resorts have been unfailingly popular with the British public for several years now, but Mark Watson felt it was time for a change. "In the Caribbean all-inclusives create 'enclave tourism', which has stifled the development of alternative tourism models", he told the Independent, "Workers' rights are often poor, and they don't get tips."
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