MARRIOTT REWARDS ILLUSTRATES TRENDS WITH FIRST GLOBAL TRAVEL TRACKER
Findings Include: When on Vacation, Women do a Better Job than Men Disconnecting from Work Email, However Men Return Less Stressed
OCTOBER 19, 2016 - Dubai, UAE: Many people go on vacation to decompress, de-stress and take a mental break from the rigors of work. According to international respondents of the Global Travel Tracker released last week by Marriott Rewards, while a vast majority of people choose a nap over getting the heartrate pumping with a long run (67 percent vs. 33 percent), it’s not as cut and dry in how to return to work more relaxed. In celebration of the recent, historic acquisition of Starwood by Marriott International, the global travel tracker is a new survey that illustrates trends among travelers worldwide.
More than 6,600 travelers in 14 international cities including Dubai, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington, DC, Toronto, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Paris, , Tokyo, Shanghai and Munich participated in the online survey that show trends in traveler’s habits on the road.
“It’s fascinating to see that the habits formed and stories gathered might be personal in nature, but universal in experience,” said Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer, Marriott International.
According to the study, travelers from around the world have a host of stories to share:
· The Lure of Email: Rather than unplugging and recharging, travelers prefer to stay connected with work via email, with less than half those surveyed (47 percent) being able to completely disconnect while on vacation. While women do a better job than men (34 percent vs. 23 percent), men tend to return to work less stressed than women (44 percent vs. 36 percent). Travelers from Tokyo reported to be the most stressed after a vacation (35 percent) and those from Mexico City the least stressed (four percent). Dubai residents are the most apt to check email or take business calls 2-3 times per day while on vacation (35%), while 43% of Toronto residents don’t check or take calls at all.
· Destination Relaxation: Although the list of fitness activities can be endless, the majority get their exercise by walking around town (56 percent). Travelers also overwhelmingly enjoy relaxing at the spa (86 percent) and beach time is favored over hiking in the mountains (71 percent vs. 29 percent). And women are more content to skip exercise and lounge by the pool (27 percent over 17 percent) when given the option of exercising.
· Let Someone Else Make the Bed: Nearly one-third (30 percent) of travelers say that not making the bed or leaving their hotel room a mess is their biggest vacation indulgence, while one in four (25 percent) indicate that staying in bed and ordering room service is their biggest vacation splurge.
· Squad Goals: Love wins! When it comes to favorite travel companions, 60 percent of all travelers would choose their spouse/significant other or their family.
· Getting to Know Your Colleagues: One-fourth (25 percent) of responders have had to share a guest room with a colleague. Travelers from Mumbai (38 percent) share rooms the most, while business travelers from Tokyo, the least (10 percent).
The findings also reveal that travelers in certain cities return to work less stressed that others, while some travelers prefer staying connected while away. Residents of Tokyo are most stressed returning to work after vacation, with 35 percent of respondents reporting some levels of stress. Residents of Mexico City reported the lowest levels of stress on return from vacation at just 4 percent.
Ranking of international cities from most to least stressed when returning to work after vacation:
1. Tokyo (35%)
2. Munich (22%)
3. New York City (20%)
4. Shanghai (18%)
5. Chicago (17%)
Los Angeles (17%)
6. Washington, DC (16%)
7. Mumbai (13%)
8. Dubai (10%)
9. Mexico City (4%)
Ranking of international cities from least to most connected to work while on vacation:
1. Munich (60%)
2. Tokyo (55%)
3. Toronto (54%)
4. Paris (51%)
5. London (50%)
6. Mexico City (49%)
7. Los Angeles (48%)
New York (48%)
8. Shanghai (45%)
9. Washington, DC (44%)
10. Mumbai (35%)
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