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TORONTO — Intrepid Travel says new research shows that more Canadians will be looking beyond all-inclusive resorts when travelling to the Caribbean this winter.
Commissioned by Intrepid and conducted by OnePoll, the survey of 1,000 Canadian travellers found that 90% of Canadian travellers think it is important to have local experiences while travelling to Caribbean countries – beyond the pool and buffets of an all-inclusive resort.
The survey also showed that less than a quarter of Canadian travellers (23%) want to stay at a resort for their entire vacation. A majority said they want to explore diverse neighborhoods (77%), eat at local restaurants (70%) and visit local markets (69%).
“All these available options have made it easy for Canadian travellers to settle for the all-inclusive resort, but now travellers are looking for more adventure-style, cultural options in these popular winter destinations,” said Leigh Barnes, North American Director, Intrepid Travel.
Other findings from the survey include:
The top-three experiences:
The top-three benefits to travelling outside the all-inclusive resort:
The top-three reasons stopping Canadians from travelling to an all-inclusive resort this winter:
Intrepid points to a 2015 Statistics Canada International Travel summary that rated Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica as three of the top-15 visited countries by Canadians.
Intrepid says it has expanded its tour offerings in all three countries and throughout the Caribbean. The company’s trips include:
“Intrepid Travel’s brand-new range of tours was created so Canadians can travel to familiar destinations like Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico, but with a focus on experiencing the culture and the people,” said Barnes. “We will visit the main cities Canadians are used to, but take them to remote areas, where they can get off the beaten path and explore.”