MEDIA RELEASE NEW ZEALANDERS AMONG THE WORLD’S MOST HOLIDAY-DEPRIVE New Zealanders given 20 days off and take 15, down from 2014; South Korean workers retain ranking as world’s most vacation deprived followed by Japanese

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MEDIA RELEASE

NEW ZEALANDERS AMONG THE WORLD’S MOST HOLIDAY-DEPRIVE

New Zealanders given 20 days off and take 15, down from 2014;

South Korean workers retain ranking as world’s most vacation deprived followed by Japanese

Auckland, New Zealand, January 26, 2016– Expedia® has released the results of its annual 2015 Vacation Deprivation® study. In its 15th year, the study surveyed 9,273 employed adults across 26 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and South America.

The 2015 report found that worldwide, the median number of paid vacation days available to workers is just under 25 days per year, in addition to public holidays. Collectively, workers take about 20 of them, leaving 20% unused.

Focusing in on New Zealand, this rises to 25%, ranking the country’s workers among the most holiday-deprived in the world. New Zealand workers are entitled, on average, to 20 days annual leave and take only 15, leaving five days unused.

Europeans are the world’s least-deprived holidaymakers: workers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and Finland are all offered 30 days off, on average. The Germans, French, Spanish and Finnish use nearly all of those days, while the Danish take 28, Italians take 25 and Swedes take 25.

Outside of Europe, paid holidays are considered more of a luxury than a right. South Koreans are the world’s most vacation deprived workers – while they’re offered 15, they take only six days off within a given year. The Japanese report that 20 days are available to them, but they take 12, while in North America, American workers leave four full days of vacation on the table each year, with 15 available and 11 taken.

Not all unused annual leave days are lost forever; 26% of New Zealand workers report a desire to “bank” annual leave to use the following year, well above the global average of 19%. A quarter (27%) of Kiwi workers cite financial concerns as a barrier and a further 23% say their work schedules don’t permit taking more annual leave than they do.

When it comes to how to make the most of annual leave, the global trend, reflected in New Zealand, is to use annual leave throughout the year versus taking one long break. Half of Kiwi workers (50%) take several short holidays and long weekends, versus 26% who take one long break. 

Kelly Cull, Expedia.co.nz travel expert, commented on the report: “It seems for many New Zealanders, whilst they’re aware of the importance of taking holidays, they are a guilty pleasure rather than something that is needed so they can recharge and be more productive in their jobs. A healthy work-life balance is critical, and travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Two thirds of New Zealand workers say their bosses are supportive of them taking leave so 2016 should be the year where New Zealanders say yes to getting out there and enjoying their lives outside the office.”

Nine in ten (89%) of New Zealand’s workers “somewhat or strongly agree” they feel happier after a holiday. More sleep (average 7.7hrs on holiday versus 6.9hrs at home), feeling less stressed (87%) and being more focused at work (80%) were other perceived positive outcomes from having a holiday.

The full Vacation Deprivation list – vacation days offered versus days taken – follows:

 

Country

 

 

Vacation Days Offered

 

Days Taken

 

Number Unused

Australia

20

18

2

Austria

25

25

Brazil

30

30

Canada

15

15

Denmark

30

28

2

Finland

30

30

France

30

30

Germany

30

30

Hong Kong

15

15

India

20

15

5

Ireland

21

20

1

Italy

30

25

5

Japan

20

12

8

Malaysia

14

10

4

Mexico

15

12

3

Netherlands

25

22

3

New Zealand

20

15

5

Norway

25

25

Singapore

15

14

1

South Korea

15

6

9

Spain

30

30

Sweden

30

25

5

Thailand

10

10

UAE

30

30

USA

15

11

4

UK

25

25

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Amanda McClatchie, Haystac

 (09) 302 7220 or 027 772 1411        

amanda.mcclatchie@haystac.co.nz

About the Survey

This study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm.  This survey was conducted online from October 6 -22, 2015 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific using the Kantar-owned GMI (Global Market Insite) and Lightspeed Research amalgamated group of panels.  The study was conducted among 9,273 employed adults aged 18 years of age and older across 26 countries.

Sampling quotas and weighting were used to ensure the sample is representative of each country’s population in terms of age and gender. Assuming a probability sample, the margin of error would be +/-1.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

About the Expedia group

The Expedia group (NASDAQ: EXPE) is one of the world’s leading travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands, such as:

  • Expedia.com®, a leading full service online travel company with localized sites in 32 countries
  • Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist that offers Hotels.com® Rewards and Secret Prices through its mobile booking apps and localized websites in more than 65 countries
  • Hotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers Hot Rate® Hotels, Hot Rate® Cars and Hot Rate® Airfares, as well as vacation packages
  • Travelocity®, a pioneer in online travel and a leading online travel brand in the US and Canada
  • Orbitz Worldwide, a global travel portfolio including OrbitzebookersHotelCluband CheapTickets, brands and business-to-business offerings, including Orbitz Partner Networkand Orbitz for Business
  • Egencia®, a leading corporate travel management company
  • Venere.com™, the online hotel reservation specialist in Europe
  • trivago®, a leading online hotel search with sites in 52 countries worldwide
  • Wotif Group,  a leading portfolio of travel brands including Wotif.com®, Wotif.co.nzlastminute.com.au®, lastminute.co.nzand travel.com.au®
  • Expedia Local Expert®, a provider of online and in-market concierge services, activities, experiences and ground transportation in hundreds of destinations worldwide
  • Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
  • Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, a provider of exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of 200 retail travel agency franchises across North America
  • CarRentals.com, the premier car rental booking company on the web

The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers the opportunity to reach a highly valuable audience of in-market consumers through Expedia® Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for thousands of affiliates, including some of the world’s leading airlines, top consumer brands and high traffic websites through Expedia Affiliate Network. For corporate and industry news and views, visit us at www.expediainc.comor follow us on Twitter @expediainc.

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About Northstar

NORTHSTAR is a strategic marketing insights and consulting firm that aligns leading edge, customized research techniques and cultural context with proprietary and proven strategic marketing frameworks and models to drive insights to impact. Northstar’s suite of services relate to the most critical elements of brand, customer and marketing strategy, with sector expertise in travel and tourism, retail, automotive, CPG, food & beverage, financial services, pharma / health care, transportation and fashion / luxury.  For more information, please go to www.northstarhub.com.

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