Out of Office Alert: Expedia.ca's 10th Annual Vacation

Out of Office Alert: Expedia.ca's 10th Annual Vacation Deprivation
Study Shows Canadians Are Taking More Holidays Than 10 Years Ago 
Workers in the Prairies now the most vacation-deprived, those in B.C.
the least 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12 --  
Attention: Lifestyle, Travel and Business Editors 
Despite recent dips in the global economy and the ever-increasing
ability to check into work from almost anywhere, Canadians are
actually vacationing more than they were 10 years ago. The findings,
taken from Expedia.ca's 10th annual Vacation Deprivation(R) study,
was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia.ca, Canada's
leading online travel provider, which has been tracking the holiday
habits of working Canadians since 2003. 
The number of Canadians taking all the vacation days allotted to them
has significantly increased since the first year of the study, when
one-third, or 33 per cent, were not taking all of their vacation
days. Fast-forward 10 years and this figure has dropped to a national
average of only 19 per cent. Those surveyed in 2012 reported
typically receiving 15 vacation days annually.  
"After 10 years studying working Canadians' vacation habits, it's
great to see we're growing more comfortable taking off the time we
deserve," said Sean Shannon, Vice-President and Managing Director of
Expedia Canada. "Seeing new places, immersing in a culture,
fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit a destination, and even just
enjoying a warmer climate are experiences we should make time for
because of the immediate and long-term benefits travel has on our
professional and personal lives." 
British Columbians switch from most to least vacation-deprived  
Though British Columbia has a reputation for being laid-back, that
was not evident in Expedia.ca's first Vacation Deprivation study. In
2003, 41 per cent of respondents from B.C. said they did not use up
all of their vacation time, the highest of all provinces. Today,
workers in the province have become the least "vacation deprived,"
with only 13 per cent stating they leave vacation days on the table -
the lowest of any region in the country.   
As for the most vacation-deprived region? That dubious distinction
goes to the Prairies, where 25 per cent of respondents took less
vacation time th
an they were entitled to in 2012. This figure is down
from 10 years ago, when it was at 35 per cent.  
Other 10-year provincial comparisons include: 

--  33 per cent of employed Alberta residents didn't take all of their
    allotted vacation days in 2003 compared with 15 per cent in 2012. 
--  32 per cent of employed Ontario residents in 2003 did not take all of
    their allotted vacation days compared with 21 per cent in 2012. 
--  30 per cent of working Quebecers reported not taking all their vacation
    time 10 years ago, compared with 21 per cent today. 
--  35 per cent of employed Atlantic Canadians stated they did not take all
    of their allotted vacation days in 2003 compared with 18 per cent this

"Regardless of anyone's position on the corporate ladder, there are
real benefits to 'falling off the grid' and focusing on enjoying your
holiday," said Shannon. "Despite the challenges we sometimes
experience catching up with work after returning from vacation,
there's no doubt that those who take the vacation time they are given
come back invigorated, happier and de-stressed."  
Other statistics uncovered by the 2012 Vacation Deprivation study

--  Fifty-nine per cent of Canadians report 'constantly,' 'regularly' or at
    least 'sometimes' checking work email or voicemail while on holiday. 
--  Common reasons why Canadians forgo vacationing include not being able to
    afford a holiday (26 per cent) and difficulties co-ordinating schedules
    with spouses, family and friends (21 per cent). 
--  Not surprisingly, summer is the preferred season for Canadians to take a
    vacation (43 per cent), followed by winter (26 per cent), fall (20 per
    cent) and spring (11 per cent). However 43 per cent of Prairie residents
    surveyed chose the winter as their ideal time for a getaway. 
--  While the majority of Canadians felt supported by their bosses to take a
    vacation (72 per cent), this number was lowest in Quebec (56 per cent).
    Once vacation plans are made, however, Quebecers were the least likely
    to cancel or postpone them (27 per cent), while those in Atlantic Canada
    and Ontario were most likely to amend travel plans because of
    professional obligations at 40 per cent and 39 per cent respectively. 
--  Though Quebec has a reputation for being the most romantic province, it
    was in fact Maritimers who said they were most likely to go on holiday
    only with a significant other (21 and 44 per cent, respectively).
    Quebecers actually fared lowest on the list on whether they took a
    vacation with a partner in the last year.  

Expedia.ca offers solutions for the vacation-deprived 
For vacation-deprived Canadians who still need to take their holiday
before the end of the year, or for those dreading the cold, long
winter to come, Expedia.ca's Escape Winter Sale, which launches on
December 11, offers countless customizable vacation options to get
away to warm, sunny destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and other
destinations around the world.  
Harris Interactive(R) fielded the online survey on behalf of Expedia
between September 13 and October 12, 2012 among a nationwide
cross-section of 1,057 employed Canadians aged 16+. The data were
weighted to be representative of the total adult population. 
About Expedia Inc.  
Expedia, Inc. operates Canada's most visited full-service online
travel service, Expedia.ca. To help Canadians plan and purchase
travel, Expedia, Inc. provides the best combination of scheduled and
charter flights, car and hotel reservations, vacation packages,
destination activities, cruises, trip insurance and
traveller-authored content. Expedia customers are supported by
customer support agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
via a toll-free number and email response. 
Expedia, Expedia.ca, the Airplane logo and Vacation Deprivation are
either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the
U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names
mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. (C)
2012 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-50.
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Emily Vear
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