After a successful 2010 season in Ibiza, the Island is starting to close down its tourist operation. As locals start to stock up on winter fuel supplies, the main talking point within the tourist industry this year is the growth of the All Inclusive board option and the decline of the traditional package holiday.
A growing number of tourists are now booking independently and flying with low cost airlines. This allows greater flexibility on duration of stay which has sustained growth in the long weekend break, from Thursday to Sunday.
Many local restaurants and bars continue to suffer, as the All Inclusive board option limits the spending power of the tourist outside of their Hotel. With no sign of a pick up in the economy, it looks likely that 2011 will see further growth in the All Inclusive option, particularly with families.
Thanks to the Ryanair winter route, that will service the Island with direct flights from a number of European Airports, namely London Stansted, the Island will continue to tick over with a few hotels that will remain open throughout the year.