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Friday, 28 December, 2018, 15 : 42 PM [IST]
Expedia Vacation Deprivation Report 2018: Indians feel most vacation deprived in the world



Expedia®, one of the world’s largest full service online travel agency, announced the results of the 2018 Vacation Deprivation® study, an annual survey of vacation habits across 19 countries. The report highlighted that vacation deprivation is on the rise, and 75% of Indians feel vacation deprived which is the highest in the world followed by South Korea (72%) and Hong Kong (69%). Indian workers also do not take all vacation days and rank five to leave their vacations unused after Japan, Italy, Australia, New Zealand.

Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Brand Expedia in India said, “We have seen an increase in support from Indian employers to take vacations. However, employees still do not avail their full vacation days because of reasons like missing out on important work decisions (#1, 25%), fear of being seen less committed (#1, 19%) or finding it difficult to coordinate time with their travel companion (#1, 33%). Our study also reflect that 18% Indians feel that those who are successful at their job don’t take vacation days.”



“We dug deeper to understand reasons which are keeping Indians away from taking vacations and realized that, Indians are the least to get a free pass while vacationing. They are expected to be available to their colleagues (#1, 34%) and supervisors (#1, 32%), making 34% Indians check their mails at least once per day. For 64% of Indians, the impending workload after they come back from vacation is an important factor in deciding the length of their holiday. Not surprised to know that 17% of Indians have not taken any leave from past one year. These figures throws light on various factors resulting in making India the most vacation deprived nation in the world” said Ahluwalia.“On the positive side, vacations does not only hit the ‘reset’ button on their stress and anxiety but also make them feel more focused, relaxed, productive and motivated at work post their vacation. Needless to say, 55% Indians feel that vacation deprivation effect their productivity and hence need to be taken seriously by all of us. Though the feeling of vacation deprivation among Indians have gone up, their guilt associated with taking a vacation has gone down by 9% from previous year to 63%



“On the positive side, vacations does not only hit the ‘reset’ button on their stress and anxiety but also make them feel more focused, relaxed, productive and motivated at work post their vacation. Needless to say, 55% Indians feel that vacation deprivation effect their productivity and hence need to be taken seriously by all of us. Though the feeling of vacation deprivation among Indians have gone up, their guilt associated with taking a vacation has gone down by 9% from previous year to 63%

Top-line results from the 2018 report include:
  • Reasons for Indian being deprived is because 63% Indians can do without a vacation for over three months and even though on an average Indians avail 15 days of vacation out of the 20 days they receives, 53% take fewer days than they get
  • Even after 78% bosses being supportive of vacations, Indians continue to get diverted by worzk while vacationing as 32% supervisors, 34% co-workers, 33% junior staff keep bothering Indians while they are vacationing Expedia’s® 2018 Vacation Deprivation Report uncovers new attitudes and behaviours driving vacation deprivation


Detailed Findings:
Annual vacation days receive (Median) - Highest: France, Brazil, Germany and Spain (30%)| Lowest: Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA (14%);
Thailand (10%) and India 20% (same as 2017)
Vacation days taken: (Median) - Highest: Brazil, France, Germany, Spain (30%)| Lowest: Japan, Thailand, USA (10%), India (15%) (same as 2017)
Taking fewer days than they get- Highest: Malaysia (61%), Japan (57%), India (53%)| Lowest: UK, Germany (23%), Brazil (17%), and Spain (14%)



Vacation Patterns:
  • One or two long vacations (more than one week in length)- Highest: Brazil (58%), Mexico (51%), Spain (50%) | Lowest: UK & Malaysia (27%), Japan (20%), India (46%)
  • Mix one long holiday and several short vacations- Highest: Germany (47%), France (39%), UK (37%)| Lowest: Mexico (21%), Thailand (20%), Japan (19%), India (23%)
  • Several short vacations / long weekend trips- Highest: Japan & Taiwan (43%), Thailand (42%)| Lowest: Spain (17%), Germany (13%), Brazil (11%), India (28%)
  • Extend business trips by a few days- Highest: Thailand (5%), Brazil (3%), India, Mexico & New Zealand (2%)| Lowest: USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea (1%), Taiwan (0%)


 
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