Americans Receive Half the Amount of Vacation Time of Russians Hotels.com findings reveal most and least vacation deprived countries

DALLAS, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent findings released by Hotels.com® today reveal a huge disparity in paid and public holiday entitlements across the globe. When looking at both statutory annual leave and public holiday allowances, the U.S., ranked 25th out of 30, narrowly escapes the bottom five countries with the least amount of allotted vacation time.

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On average, most Americans receive ten days of paid time off and enjoy an additional ten national holidays, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Of the 30 nations surveyed, Hotels.com determined the global average of annual leave and public entitlement to be 28 days, which eight more days of additional paid time off than what the average U.S. worker receives.

Not surprisingly, many recent surveys have shown that hardworking Americans are not using the already small amount of vacation days they are given.

"Vacation time enables workers to strengthen their connections to friends, family, and interests outside of the office. It is essential to help them hit reset on creativity and productivity within the workplace," said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "Hotels.com encourages Americans to play as hard as they work by utilizing their vacation days to the fullest for travel. We have thousands of daily deals and plenty of travel guides, so planning your trip won't feel like work at all."

Russia topped the list with 40 total days of holiday and leave, followed by Italy and Sweden in a tie for second, each with a total of 36 days. In contrast, Canada and Mexico both receive the lowest amount of holiday allowance, with workers only receiving 15 and 13 days respectively.


Country

Annual leave

Public 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

Press contacts:

Ashley Aberbach – Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 715-1524
Email: ashley@finnpartners.com 
Twitter: @finnpartners

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com 
Twitter: @TravelwithTLC

About Hotels.com®

Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through the Expedia Inc. global network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travelers with almost 200,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards®, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com, LP will refund the difference. Travelers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hotels.comUS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcom and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com, LP is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands. 

Hotels.com, Finding You The Perfect Place and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2013 Hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50

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