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All Inclusive Holidaymakers Fork Out £100s On Meals And Drinks Outside Their Hotel

Press release   •   Jul 06, 2015 09:40 BST

  • Almost a third of parents are planning All Inclusive holidays this year but…
  • All Inclusive is not so All Inclusive for the two-thirds of families who paid £233 on average extra for meals and drinks in local restaurants and bars on their last trip
  • A third or more also paid extra for a range of drinks at their All Inclusive hotel

Bargain hunters taking All Inclusive holidays in Europe could find the cost of their trip sets them back hundreds of pounds more than they originally expected when they paid for their package. The Post Office® Travel Money All Inclusive Holiday Report, published today,has found that significant numbers of holidaymakers now venture beyond their All Inclusive hotel and splash extra cash on meals and drinks in local restaurants and bars.

At a time when nearly one-third of parents have told the Post Office they plan to take an All Inclusive holiday this summer, the research reveals that over two-thirds of families spent an average of £233 extra on meals and drinks away from their hotel on their last European All Inclusive holiday¹. Almost 7-in-10 parents (69 per cent) paid for meals in local resort restaurants at an average cost of £62. The extra money spent means many families could pay between 10-15 per cent on top of their All Inclusive package, depending where they visit².

% who spent something outside the resort/hotel Average spent outside the resort/hotel
Eating out 69% £62.08
Alcoholic drinks 66% £41.93
Soft drinks 72% £24.32
Snacks from a shop 71% £22.57
Snacks at a bar/café/restaurant 65% £31.26
Ice cream 68% £14.89
Bottles of wine 44% £23.92
Bottled water 65% £12.06
TOTAL £233.03

Many people racked up extra bills for meals, drinks and other items in European All Inclusive resorts as well – making the potential cost of this type of holiday even higher. More than four-in-five parents (85 per cent) said they expected all meals to be included in their package. Yet, almost a quarter of them paid extra for these in their resort – spending an average of almost £54 extra on meals on top of their paid-for package³.

Even more families paid extra for drinks in their hotel on their last European All Inclusive holiday. Almost 2-in-5 of those surveyed said they spent an average of over £43 on international brands of alcohol, a third spent £44 on bottles of wine, 37 per cent spent almost £27 on bottled water and 3-in-10 paid £41 extra for cocktails. A third spent £40 on drinks made with local alcohol brands – commonly believed to be free on All Inclusive packages.

Once again the research found big differences between the numbers of people spending extra in European and Long Haul All Inclusive resorts. More of those on European holidays paid out for drinks that were not included in their All Inclusive package. However, far more people chose to pay extra for the privilege of a la carte dining in long haul All Inclusive resorts – 40 per cent of survey respondents compared with 24 per cent in Europe.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: ““Over the past four years our annual research has consistently shown that European All Inclusive resorts offer less than holidaymakers expect so it is important for families to be aware of what is included in their package to avoid getting caught out. If you have already booked an All Inclusive holiday, budget carefully and allow for the extra costs you are likely to incur.

“On the plus side, the powerful pound means that All Inclusive holidaymakers who want to get a real flavour of their holiday destination can eat and drink in local restaurants and bars more cheaply this year. However, it is best to be prepared and take enough foreign currency to cover the extra cost of items bought outside the All Inclusive resort – particularly as some restaurants are reluctant to accept credit or debit cards.”

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Notes to Editors:

¹Source: Post Office omnibus research by Populus among 2,089 UK adults aged 18 and over (8-10 May) found that 33 per cent of parents had previously been on a European All Inclusive holiday while 32 per cent said they planned to take an All Inclusive trip this year. The average extra spent on various food and drink items away from holidaymakers’ All Inclusive hotel/resort was £233.04.

² To calculate the percentage All Inclusive holidaymakers can expect to pay on top of their paid-for package, Post Office Travel Money researched the lowest one week All Inclusive package prices available for a family of four to six popular European destinations on Travelsupermarket, departing between Wednesday 29 July and Sunday 2 August. The average spent by two-thirds of All Inclusive holidaymakers outside their hotel/resort was then added to the package price to find how much extra they would pay over and above their package:

Destination Package Av. spent outside the resort/hotel TOTAL % more
Algarve (Praia da Rocha) £1,492.00 £233.03 £1,725.03 +15.6%
Turkey (Marmaris) £1,598.00 £233.03 £1,831.03 +14.6%
Majorca (Palma area) £1,605.00 £233.03 £1,838.03 +14.5%
Costa Blanca (Benidorm) £1,693.00 £233.03 £1,926.03 +13.8%
Crete (Heraklion) £1,694.00 £233.03 £1,927.03 +13.8%
Cyprus (Paphos) £2,190.00 £233.03 £2,423.03 +10.6%

³ Populus research (8-10 May) showing the percentage of parents/families who spent money within their European or Long Haul All Inclusive resort on a range of extras and the average amount spent:

EUROPE LONG HAUL
% who spent something in hotel Average spent in hotel % who spent something in hotel Average spent in hotel
A la carte dining 24% £53.90 40% £51.50
Bottles of wine 34% £44.09 28% £39.02
Local brand alcoholic drinks 33% £40.60 31% £35.05
International brand alcoholic drinks 37% £43.34 40% £47.66
Snacks 34% £35.01 39% £37.05
Cocktails 31% £41.13 25% £34.71
International brand soft drinks 34% £30.17 36% £38.00
Local brand soft drinks 31% £30.61 33% £30.75
Bottled water 37% ££26.67 37% £26.93

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