Here’s another reason to be excited about the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) in Toronto this weekend (or for locals to be completely reclusive): Hilton Garden Inn’s introductory all-inclusive package.
All-inclusive packages, popular in the Caribbean and other resorts around the world, haven’t been offered in Canada—until now. The new liberalized liquor laws approved by the Ontario Government on June 1 mean that packages that include the price of alcohol can now be sold in Ontario.
In a Toronto Star article, Sally Ifill, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown, says for $318 per couple, you get a one-night stay at the hotel, a buffet breakfast, a packed lunch and a buffet dinner. Guests also get unlimited drinks, which includes domestic alcohol with meals as well as at the hotel bar.
The new law also allows last call to be extended by one hour to 2 a.m. and eases restrictions at events, allowing attendees to walk around the grounds with alcohol instead of being confined to a tent.
These new all-inclusive packages could be a great boon for Ontario hotels, but will Americans bite? And will Ontarians take advantage of the “staycation”?