I’m always very worried when I read about hotels turning completely all-inclusive.
A few years ago we stayed in a hotel complex on a Greek island. I won’t tell you which one. It had changed ownership and just turned all-inclusive fairly recently. The effects of it had begun almost at once.
bathing-pool-beryl-cookIn every direction for several miles there were rows of empty, shut-down shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. The hotel had forced them out of business.
Most of the tourists never left the hotel complex. They started drinking as soon as the poolside bar opened at 10am and spent the whole day by the pool, eating hot dogs and slices of pizza. They were determined to get their money’s-worth. And some of them were nervous about venturing too far outside the hotel on their own when they can’t speak the language. They were also nervous about missing their all-inclusive meals!
We hired a car and went out every day. I can’s see the point in visiting a foreign country if you don’t explore it!
Up the road was a restaurant with a huge swimming-pool. You could buy a drink and then use the pool. There were no customers. It was of course great for us, having the place to ourselves!
They told me that they used to be busy all the time, day and night, until the hotel went all-inclusive. Now they were making a loss and they didn’t know how much longer they could keep going. And then, typically Greek, they wouldn’t take any payment for our drinks!
Down on the beach there were closed-down bars in each direction. The one open bar was empty, with the family sat around a table, watching the TV.
The Holiday Company that turned all-inclusive has holiday resorts in around 30 countries, with up to 30 resorts in each country.
Imagine the bankruptcies and misery that they are going to cause when they finally go 100% all-inclusive? They’ll completely upset the economy in some areas. In fact, they could upset the world’s economy!
It will be a knock-on effect. As bars, restaurants and supermarkets are forced to close down, large numbers of people will have to move away from the area, causing even more shops and businesses to close. Unemployment will increase drastically.
The hotels of course won’t need to take on additional staff. They’ll just make the staff that they already have work harder and longer hours. They can’t afford to lose their jobs, so they’ll do it.
There is no point at all in turning all-inclusive. It’s a terrible thing to do. The large Holiday Companies have resorts in some countries where many of the locals are struggling to survive. This tips a lot of them over the edge.
The only advantage that I can see is that the Holiday Companies will be able to buy up vast areas of bankrupt land for very low prices in the future.
Is this a terrible mistake, or a carefully-thought-out scheme?
I wish they’d have a re-think about what they’re doing. Surely if the resorts served breakfast and the evening meal, and sold the drinks at a reasonable price, the profits would be higher.
A lot of people still wouldn’t leave the hotel complex, but they’d spend more money. And they wouldn’t drink so much!
They’d get out and walk around more, and patronise the local businesses, helping the economy.
The reps should encourage them to go out and about to explore, and not just by selling them overpriced trips to get their commission.
In most countries, the locals are friendly and welcoming. The least the big holiday Companies could do is to help them to earn a living, not cruelly bankrupt them!
This decision is completely irresponsible. Something should be done to stop it. It shouldn’t be allowed, both for the future of the local people, and for the behaviour and general health of the tourists!
Do you agree?

Image: Bathing pool by Beryl Cook

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.