Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Tui begin study into effects of all-inclusive resorts on local economy

Travel giant Tui Travel is planning to study the impact of all inclusive resorts on the local economy. This will follow on from a pilot study at the Holiday Village in Sarigerme, Turkey.  Results from the Holiday Village showed that 55% of its spending was within the country. In monetary terms, total economic activity from the hotel was €470m in 2009, which means that €26m was spent in turkey with only €1.8m spent on imports.

The results did show less favourably in terms of tourism spending. The total amount spent in tourism going towards the regional economy in 2009 was €5.4m with €1m going towards the close proximity and Sarigerme area.

Tui have combatted these negative results by commiting to sourcing local produce and by employing more local people. These measures have contributed €800,000 since being undertaken. Further measures to improve tourism awareness include walking tours to enhance local tourism and to give guests a feel for the area outside their resorts.

Everyone here at Alihoco will be interested to hear the results! What do you think about the issue?

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