CTO discovers negative aspects of ‘all inclusive’ packages
A study conducted for the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has found that there was a misconception among the tourists who holidayed on ‘all inclusive’ packages that there was nothing on offer outside the hotel that was of interest or value and that local businesses did not have the opportunity to promote themselves tourism market.
CTO Director Annita presented a series of actions those risks, in particular as Paphos district.
Addressing a conference to discuss the findings of a study conducted by Brighton Hospitality Research Group, Demetriadou said that as a result the ‘Destination Pafos’
to the Demetriadou to minimise regards the scheme was launched which is designed to raise awareness amongst tourists of the experiences available to them in Paphos.
In tourist areas where a large number of hotels offers the ‘all inclusive’ option one finds negative economic and social fall-out in related services and in the local society such as restaurants, tours, souvenir shops, kiosks, super markets, etc, Demetriadou said.
Confined in a hotel, she added, the tourist does not have the opportunity to wander around and enjoy the culture and diversity of the country and the true hospitality of its people, elements which greatly enhance our country’s competitive advantage.
Demetriadou said the new actions include the “Ambassador” scheme, the “authentic corner” in a hotel areas, the creation of a logo for “Destination Pafos” which will be granted to businesses fulfilling particular criteria and the preparation of a map with all accredited businesses.
Salli Felton, Chief Executive of the Travel Foundation noted that in Paphos, “there is a need to ensure customers know what the local area has to offer, and to support local businesses to access the tourism market.”
“Collaboration between the different tourism stakeholders in Paphos is key to achieving this and we’re delighted that ten all-inclusive hotels and 30 local businesses, including restaurants, cafes and shops are involved”, she noted.