PHOENIX - More than half of U.S. travelers expect to leave unused vacation days on the table in 2013 and even when they take time off, travelers struggle to leave the stress of work at the office according to a new Best Western Vacation Citation survey conducted with Wakefield Research.
Sixty-two (62) percent of travelers surveyed said they had difficulty taking vacation in the past 12 months and half said work frequently keeps them from relaxing while on vacation. Enjoying their time off is even tougher for frequent business travelers, as 52 percent say work is more likely to ruin their vacation than bad weather.
To empower travelers to take vacation, Best Western has launched its Vacation Citation contest on Facebook. Participants can join Best Western's "Vacation Citation Nation" by issuing themselves or their family and friends an official Vacation Citation and in turn they will automatically be entered in weekly drawings for prizes to inspire travel including Best Western Travel Cards, MasterCard and Amazon Gift Cards, Avis rental car vouchers and AAA/CAA memberships. Participants will also earn a chance at the Grand Prize, a dream vacation which includes a five night stay at any Best Western hotel in the world, round trip airfare, gift cards to use on vacation and more.
Additionally, members of Vacation Citation Nation will be automatically registered for Best Western's Spring Promotion, which gives Best Western Rewards members the chance to earn a free night just by staying three separate times at a Best Western hotel by April 14, 2013.
"Vacation Citation is a fun and interactive way to empower our online community to remind friends to use their vacation days," said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International. "Our research shows it's not only difficult for many to take vacation, but it's also difficult to unplug when they do."
Additional highlights from Best Western's recent vacation survey include: