The great British all-inclusive flights-and-accommodation package holiday – first pioneered in the Mediterranean in 1950 – was, we were told, being killed off by the budget airline and the internet; both tempting us to find our own cheap fares and board without needing a tour operator.A smidgen of snobbery from the independent traveller crowd, a healthy dose of revulsion at boozed-up Brits abroad, and an unmourned demise was guaranteed.True, Abta's Sean Tipton thinks that the cause may lie in post-2008 austerity – after all, with operators' economies of scale, they can be cheaper and easier than web-based DIY – but taking another look at packages has allowed us to discover an updated, classier, more flexible holiday experience.It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago.
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One possibility is that, in the last couple of decades, the Internet disrupted our notions of entrepreneurship; as a result, the Internet phenomenon took over the media conversation.
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Now, however, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the death of the package has been greatly exaggerated.
Figures – released, as luck would have it, on the 65th anniversary of the first Mediterranean package holiday – have shown that the number of Britons taking package holidays abroad is rising again, from 15.3 million in 2013 to 15.9 million last year.