Project information

All Inclusive holidays - research project

Some tour operators have switched their holidays to all-inclusive packages. However, the implications for employees, other local businesses, the destination economy, and the tourist experience, throws up some serious questions about the sustainability and ethics of this tourism model.

June 2012 - December 2012

Charity information

Tourism Concern

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  • Need


    Labour conditions in mainstream all-inclusive hotels are often worse;
    some local hotels forced to adopt all-inclusive model; other local businesses, such as restaurants, shops, taxi drivers and small guest houses, all lose out to the all-inclusive model, as guests are deterred from leaving the hotel grounds and All-inclusives can alienate tourists from the destination they are visiting and the people who live there.


    Tourism Concern will undertake further research to better understand the socio economic impacts of all inclusive on local communities. Raise awareness of the impacts with tourists and lobby the industry to ensure that where all inclusive are operated that they do so without negatively impacting local communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide detailed research paper on the impacts of All Inclusive model


    » Undertake research
    » Produce report
    » Disseminate report
    » Conduct survey - tourists and local businesses.

    Well researched and credible report on the impacts of all inclusives.

    Aim 2

    Raise awareness of the issues


    » Conduct survey of tourists on their experiences
    » Highlight the issues with campaign using both new and print media.

    Greater understanding of the issues by tourists

    Aim 3

    Lobby industry to improve the all-inclusive model


    » Disseminate the the research paper to industry / round table discussion
    » Encourage industry to adopt policies that ensure local communities are not disadvantage by all inclusive developments.

    Industry adopts best practice

  • Impact


    In Majorca ghost towns have appeared due to local businesses closing down. A better understanding of the issues and guidance on how to make the all inclusive model more sustainable will positively impact local businesses, communities and ultimately tourists themselves.


    Risk that research report is dismissed by industry. Tourism Concern will ensure that research is based on academic research and reliable case studies.


    Quarterly reporting.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,164

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,608 Researcher Undertake research
      £2,360 Management Management / lobbying
      £2,000 Report cost Printing and production
      £3,000 Research costs Surveys / outreach
      £5,000 Dissemination Dissemination
      £3,000 Lobbying Lobbying and campaign costs
      £2,196 Admin Admin and finance costs
  • Background


    Worldwide but research will include Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Mediterranean.


    Local communities in destinations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tourism Concern is the only charity actively campaigning on this issue and we have already undertaken preliminary research on the impacts of all inclusives. It is the only organisation in the UK to actively campaign on this issue. We are part of an expansive informal global network of NGOs and grassroots organisations challenging the unsustainable development of tourism, particularly in the developing world.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Noble

    Head of Policy and Research - coordinate research

    Mark Watson

    Executive Director - lobbying and campaigning

    Local Partners (TBC)

    Partners in destinations