The evolution of the All-Inclusive concept

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

We have all heard the term All-Inclusive, yet few of us know its history and its evolution through the years.

Although many think that the concept of All-Inclusive emerged in Jamaica in the early seventies of the last century, according to researchers devoted to tourism, this term was originated in the decade of the 30th Century, between the Jewish middle class in London, when the so-called "Camps Clubs" were created. These establishments were large farms near the city that during the weekends offered for a single price, food, drink and entertainment throughout the day.

Later the concept with the French tourist company Club Mediterranee (Club Med) came along, which began in 1950, created by former Belgian water polo champion Gerard Blitz. They created the first village on the Spanish island of Mallorca that offered the All-Inclusive system.

And later, as a copy of the philosophy of Club Med, in the early 80's, they developed on cruises the all-inclusive concept, with the aim of expanding the number of customers.

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However, the commercial boom of the All-Inclusive really came in the seventies, with the rise of Jamaican hotel companies, which made this system their main bet to attract tourists.

According to statistics from research firm IBISWorld, the revenue of All-Inclusive system will increase 2.5% - $ 150.09 million - by 2017.

This experience started to expand throughout the Caribbean, where one could say that nowadays there is the greatest offer of "all inclusive" in the world. One of the places where most All-inclusive resorts can be found in Mexico is in the Riviera Maya, which stretches along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, and where the service of All-Inclusive has evolved.

Many chains of luxury hotels that refused to include this system have decided to implement it, as many of the people who visit this area of ​​Mexico prefer to reach such hotels, this way they do not need to worry about food, drinks, and many other things that this system offers.

In El Dorado Spa Resorts and Generations Resorts, we can clearly see the evolution of the All-Inclusive concept, into a brand new and unique one: Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, which encompasses four elements to please all guests. These are: Gourmet cuisine, Premium Beverages, Personal Service and Activities.

In these resorts only the best service is offered, starting with the Gourmet cuisine, which offers the best dishes, created with the best ingredients, and seeking to meet the needs of every guest. Within the Premium Beverages it’s important to mention that only well-known brands and award-winning wines are served, they also offer many other things like tequila or mezcal tasting, which will surely make your vacation an unforgettable experience.

It is noteworthy that in these hotels the guest will find excellent service with full concierge service, beach and pool butlers, sommeliers and even wedding planners and designers.

If you are adventurous you must also know that Gourmet Inclusive® Experience includes activities such as scuba clinics in the pool, cooking classes at the Eco Kids Club, non-motorized water activities and much more.

So now you know for your next vacation we recommend you to visit the Riviera Maya and live the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience that only Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which include El Dorado Resorts & Generations Resorts offers.

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