Marriott Finds Extended Stays Give Travelers Needed 'Time Out'

Study Uncovers 'Little Things' Help Balance Work And Home

Nov 10, 1998, 00:00 ET from Residence Inn by Marriott

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- From indulging in a good novel
 to taking a rare, uninterrupted bubble bath, having the space and time to
 splurge on personal "luxuries" matters most to extended-stay travelers -- the
 fastest-growing segment of the hospitality market -- according to a recent
 nationwide poll conducted by Residence Inn by Marriott and
     With 7.5 million extended-stay business travelers per year, hotels
 designed for multi-night trips are in high demand. The "Time Out for Travel"
 survey of 1,250 business men and women who take extended trips (five or more
 nights) reveals little things play a big part in balancing work and personal
     Key findings:
     * Extended-stay travelers confess good-natured selfishness is a valuable
 benefit of business travel.
     * Discovering pampering time during longer trips recharges guests for home
 and office.
     * Single mothers benefit most from trips -- 72 percent feel "refreshed"
 when they return home.
     Although 96 percent find personal time "enjoyable" and "well deserved,"
 many professionals feel guilty about paying attention to themselves while
 unable to share in home responsibilities.
     "It's natural to feel guilty about personal responsibilities when
 traveling, but some of the best ideas on strengthening home and family come
 during business travel," says Dr. Stephen R. Covey, best-selling author of The
 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
 Families. "Taking time to 'sharpen the saw' like reading and exercising can
 help you return refreshed rather than stressed out."
     However, single men (77 percent) claim to be guilt-free when it comes to
 finding time for themselves.
     More than 70 percent surveyed say having personal time while on business
 makes them feel "productive" or "refreshed" upon returning to home and office,
 contrary to anxiety-ridden stereotypes associated with business travel.
     Travelers most enjoy spending spare time in the hotel suite watching
 television (28 percent), reading a book (16 percent) or indulging in a bubble
 bath (10 percent). Outside the hotel, guests prefer to sightsee or go out to
     Extended-stay travelers enjoy getting out of cleaning and yard work at
 home (46 percent) more than paying bills (9 percent). Over half would rather
 avoid working in the same place every day and putting out "fires" than escape
 frequent meetings (12 percent).
     More than 78 percent stay an average of five to 10 nights per trip, and
 travelers list having suites with greater living space as the most important
 feature a hotel provides to make the most of personal time.
     Residence Inn, the nation's leading extended-stay hotel chain, is
 specifically designed for extended-stay travelers. Suites are 50 percent
 larger than traditional hotel rooms, allowing guests the extra space to enjoy
 personal time on the road.
     To make a reservation, contact Residence Inn at (800) 331-3131 or visit

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