Canada second to last globally for paid time off work

Hotels.com findings show huge global differences in annual vacation and 
national public holidays 
TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Who doesn't love time off from the office? 
It's when we get to relax and unwind, spend time with our loved ones and, of 
course, travel. Recent findings by Hotels.com(®), which looked at the amount 
of paid and public holiday time around the world, reveal that Canadais near 
the bottom of global rankings with a mere 15 days, beaten only by Mexico at 
13. On the opposite end of the spectrum was Russia, which came out on top with 
a staggering average of 40 days of paid leave. 
"There is a substantial level of inconsistency around the world when it comes 
to the amount of stat holiday or vacation time for employees, particularly 
when you compare Russia to Mexico or Canada" said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel 
expert for Hotels.com. "If you're looking to take an extended vacation with 
just two weeks of paid leave, it can be quite the challenge to get that time 
off. This could lead to vacation deprivation, or travellers either being 
forced to take unpaid time off or consolidate the time to one trip per year." 
Of the 30 nations surveyed, Hotels.com revealed the average annual leave and 
public entitlement for employees to be 28 days, with the UK right on target, 
but Canada falling 13 days short. Canada wasn't alone though, with 12 other 
countries coming in under the global average including the U.S., Netherlands, 
India and all the Asian countries featured including China, Singapore, 
Thailandand Japan. 
On the opposite end of the scale are Italy, Sweden, Finlandand France. These 
European countries joined Russiato make up the top five countries with the 
most paid leave - 35 days or more. 
A plethora of annual bank holidays exist across the world, and Argentinatops 
the list with 19, which includes the popular 'Carnival' in Argentina between 
February 11(th) and 12(th). Colombiafollows suit with 18 days including 'Dia 
de San Jose' in Colombia on March 19(th). In contrast, Brazil, Canada and 
India have the lowest number of national public holidays with only five days 
each. 
Total global holiday entitlement for 2013: 
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|Rank|           |            |National public|     |
|    |Country    |Annual leave|holidays       |Total|
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|1   |Russia     |28          |12             |40   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|2   |Italy      |24          |12             |36   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Sweden     |25          |11             |36   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|4   |Finland    |25          |10             |35   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |France     |25          |10             |35   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Norway     |25          |10             |35   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Brazil     |30          |5              |35   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|8   |Denmark    |25          |9              |34   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Spain      |22          |12             |34   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|10  |Colombia   |15          |18             |33   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|11  |New Zealand|20          |11             |31   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|12  |Australia  |20          |10             |30   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|13  |Argentina  |10          |19             |29   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Germany    |20          |9              |29   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Ireland    |20          |9              |29   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Switzerland|20          |9              |29   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|17  |UK         |20          |8              |28   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|18  |South Korea|15          |12             |27   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Netherlands|20          |7              |27   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|20  |India      |21          |5              |26   |
|    |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|    |Japan      |10          |16             |26   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|22  |Hong Kong  |7           |16             |23   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|23  |Malaysia   |8           |14             |22   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|24  |Thailand   |6           |15             |21   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|25  |USA        |10          |10             |20   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|26  |Taiwan     |7           |12             |19   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|27  |Singapore  |7           |11             |18   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|28  |China      |5           |11             |16   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|29  |Canada     |10          |5              |15   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
|30  |Mexico     |7           |6              |13   |
|____|___________|____________|_______________|_____| 
*Please note the data does not include national public holidays that fall on a 
weekend. For information on international holiday allowance, please contact 
lauren.wasley@energipr.com 
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Press contacts: 
Lauren Wasley energi PR for Hotels.com Phone: (416) 425-9143 ext. 19 
Email:lauren.wasley@energipr.com Twitter:@energiPR 
Taylor L. Cole, APR Hotels.com North America Phone: (469) 335-8442 
Email:taycole@hotels.com Twitter:@TravelwithTLC 
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