In the past several years all-inclusive properties have grown tremendously in variety and scope. They are fast becoming a serious choice among meeting planners. The reasons are numerous, but the ones that make them an obvious alternative for planners are:
- Working with smaller budgets and shorter lead times makes the process far easier to manage. In other words, more value for your dollars and no surprises at the end of a meeting or incentive trip.
- Getting a flat rate that includes food, beverage, meeting space, entertainment, gratuities and taxes. In other words peace of mind.
- Meeting attendees appreciate the relaxation that comes with this concept. There are numerous complimentary activity options. From non-motorized water sports activities to evening entertainment to complimentary 24-hour room service and stocked complimentary mini-bars. What you may not know is that major chains such as Marriott, Starwood and Westin are beginning to add all-inclusive plans to their portfolio of properties. The reason? They are losing business to the plethora of exclusive all-inclusive resorts popping up at an incredibly rapid rate.
- Numerous dining outlets are a big plus. Many resorts offer upwards of 8-10 different restaurants, allowing the planner to create a dine-around program without the incurred costs of leaving the property. Choices vary from French to Italian, Japanese and Seafood. There is also usually a country based option as well, such as Mexican in Mexico.
Mexico is widely accepted as the all-inclusive capitol of the world. Literally every major resort destination offers Four-Star and Five-Diamond options. Other destinations are primarily off-shore including, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Aruba, Antigua and Jamaica, to name a few.
So the next time you’re planning a meeting or incentive, don’t overlook the wonderful world of all-inclusive properties. Or, ask if your EP hotel can offer you an all-inclusive rate. You just might be pleasantly surprised!