Kate’s Take: All-Inclusive Resorts for Meeting Planners
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!