Quote: Originally posted by Simon on 08 March 2008
Not wishing to dwell on this too much ( its all been done before )
but........ How much change are the Greek Owners getting out of the deal if you pay a couple of hundred quid for your holiday - after the T/O have had their cut and the airfares - taxes - ect..... diddly squat I would think..
Based on some of the prices quoted here, probably less than a tenner a day for providing 2 meals, accommodation and maid service. It's no wonder that so many of them are turning to direct booking or smaller, specialist operators in order to make a living and that so many people return from their holidays complaining about the food and general standards.
I certainly don't blame the TO's for high prices. They're in business to make a profit after all. On the contrary, I blame them for lowering prices to such a degree that both the people providing the holidays suffer and those buying them have their expectations raised to unrealistic levels.
In some respects, the current holiday market reminds me of the advent of the food hypermarkets in the 70's and 80's, when the general trend was to pile em high and sell em cheap. For younger members, who may not recall them, I'm not just talking about a big floor space, I mean the ones that were piled floor to ceiling with warehouse-style racking and the goods were just put straight on the shelves in the cardboard outers they arrived in. They were very popular for a while and I suppose there will always be a market for cut price food, but it seems that more and more people are now demanding better quality and a more pleasant experience from their shopping - and they're willing to pay for it. How long before the tide turns in the holiday market as well?