Americans Use Ingenuity To Get More Vacation Time

              Americans Use Ingenuity To Get More Vacation Time

New Survey From Choice Hotels: Most Americans Are Planning End-of-Summer/Fall

PR Newswire

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 27, 2013

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Heading into the long Labor Day
weekend, most Americans (66 percent) report they plan to take a leisure trip
for the end of the summer or fall this year, according to a nationwide survey
conducted this month by Choice Hotels International, Inc., (NYSE: CHH), one of
the world's largest hotel companies.

As the peak summer travel season draws to a close, nearly two-thirds of
Americans polled (63 percent) said they could use more vacation time. The top
things they would do with their extra time off: just relax (58 percent), see
family and friends (49 percent), visit a city (42 percent), hit the beach (37
percent) and enjoy nature (31%).

"With the economy continuing to grow, people are feeling more confident about
their jobs and looking to travel more," said Steve Joyce, president and chief
executive officer, Choice Hotels International. "Still, value remains a
priority, which makes late summer and fall great times to get away. The crowds
have thinned out, the weather is still beautiful, and travel is typically less

But what about those unfortunate souls who have used up all their vacation
days for the year? Nearly one in five respondents (11 percent) said they would
come up with an excuse to get additional time off. Their excuses ran the
gamut, from trend-inspired (pop-up wedding, zombie apocalypse) to
tried-and-true (car trouble, cancelled flight, family emergency). Choice
Hotels has sifted through the data. Following is the company's List of 25
Creative Excuses for Getting More Vacation Days, as revealed by its 2013
End-of-Summer/Fall Travel Survey.

25 Creative Excuses for taking time off

Out-Of-This World

  oI had to stay home to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
  oMartians kidnapped my boyfriend, and I must rescue him.
  oI was ambushed by zombies.

(Un) Natural Disasters

  oMy aquarium busted, and I must save my fish.
  oA garbage truck is on fire at the end of my driveway.
  oThere's a snake on my porch.

What We Do For Love

  oI had to attend a pop-up wedding.
  oMy mother's car broke down on a cross-country trip, and I had to go and
    assist her.
  oMy child came home with a really contagious eye infection. I should stay
    away from the office until its safe.
  oMy husband will be out sick today, Friday and Monday.
  oMy sister got kidnapped, and I must go find her.

Bad Hair Days

  oMy wife got a terrible hair-coloring job, and I must stay home to provide
    moral support.
  oI'm having a hair malfunction.
  oMy hair dye turned out to be orange, and I cannot be seen in public.

Health & Wellness

  oI'm under the weather due to a sympathetic pregnancy.
  oI got mercury poisoning from a busted thermometer.
  oI had an out-of-town dental appointment.
  oI gave up my seat on the plane to an elderly person and couldn't get back
    for a few days.

Pet Peeves

  oMy dog did not wake me.
  oMy dog ate my shoes.
  oMy dog hid my car keys.
  oMy bird is sick.


  oMy grandmother died (twice in one year).
  oI'm having trouble with my prostrate (reported by a woman).
  oI am meeting on a project with a co-worker (who was actually in a meeting
    at the time with the caller's boss).

Survey Methodology
Results of the Choice Hotels 2013 End-of-Summer/Fall Travel Study are based on
a nationally representative survey of more than 1,200American adults
conducted in August 2013 by Research Now on behalf of Choice Hotels.

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,200 hotels,
representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30
other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2013, 365 hotels,
representing more than 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting
conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 83
hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction,
awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other
countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites,
Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban
Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend
Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.

Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges® rewards program.
With nearly 18 million members worldwide, it is one of the fastest growing
hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.

Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels
International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn,
Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites,
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Ascend Hotel
Collection and SkyTouch Technology are proprietary trademarks and service
marks of Choice Hotels International, Inc.

© 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Contact: Choice Hotels: Scott Carman, Tel: 301-592-6361,
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