Vacation Equality Project Brings Attention To Inequality Of Paid Vacation Time
New survey shows majority of Americans support guaranteed paid vacation
DALLAS, July 17, 2014
DALLAS, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Hotels.com® announced a movement
to drive change around the importance of paid vacation called the Vacation
The U.S. is the only advanced economy with no guaranteed minimum vacation
time, with one in four working Americans having no paid time off at all.^1 As
part of the Vacation Equality Project, Hotels.com is asking Americans to visit
VacationEqualityProject.com, where visitors can learn about the issue, watch a
short video and find out how to support the initiative.
Americans can do their part by signing a petition on the "We the People"
website that asks the White House to take a position on guaranteed paid
vacation time. The White House will review the petition and issue an official
response if the petition reaches 100,000 signatures by August 15, 2014.
"We are a strong believer in the power of vacation and we hope that the
Vacation Equality Project will help increase awareness of this issue," said
Johan Svanstrom, president of the Hotels.com brand. "The goal of the movement
is to make paid vacation part of the national conversation and eventually get
the White House and Congress engaged."
In a survey also released today, Hotels.com found that an overwhelming
majority of Americans were not aware that the U.S. is the only advanced
economy that does not require paid vacation for working people. The
independent survey of 1,000 Americans nationwide conducted by GfK also shows
that the majority of Americans polled favor guaranteed paid vacation time
(57%) and would support a law requiring employers to provide paid vacation
time (51%). Americans also believe that vacation time has enormous
benefits—improved quality of life, a positive effect on health and wellness
and makes them more productive at work.
In addition to the worker benefits of paid vacation time, research also shows
that it has wide-ranging benefits for businesses and for the economy.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, paid vacation time is a boon to the
U.S. economy, with about one in eight Americans having jobs associated with
travel and tourism. Research from USTA also finds that encouraging workers to
use just one more day of earned leave each year could bring $73 billion
annually to our economy.
To learn more about the Vacation Equality Project and how to sign the petition
by August 15^th, please visit VacationEqualityProject.com. You can also get in
on the social conversation and share your views with #VacationEquality.
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^1 "No-Vacation Nation Revisited," Rebecca Ray, Milla Sains, John Schmitt.
Center for Economic and Policy Research. May 2013. Page 3.
Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Pat Burek – Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 715-1542
Or email VacationEqualityPR@hotels.com
Vacation Equality Project brings attention to inequality of paid vacation time
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