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 www.thetrip.com.
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
* Extended-stay travelers confess good-natured selfishness is a valuable
benefit of business travel.
* Discovering pampering time during longer trips recharges guests for home
* 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
SOURCE Residence Inn by Marriott