Annual Expedia Survey Reveals Nearly One of Every Three American Workers Are Vacation...

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Annual Expedia Survey Reveals Nearly One of Every Three American Workers Are
Vacation Deprived
Despite leaving three vacation days unused, 92 percent of employed U.S. adults
believe they are entitled to take all the vacation days they earn, and 67
percent believe their employer encourages them to use all of their allotted
vacation time

BELLEVUE, Wash., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For the eighth
consecutive year Americans(1) were found to receive and use the smallest
amount of vacation time among their counterparts abroad. Expedia(R), the
world's leading online travel agency, recently commissioned its eighth annual
Vacation Deprivation(TM) survey. Despite reporting an average of 14 paid
vacation days again this year, the same as 2007 and two more than in 2005, an
estimated 47.5MM Americans(2) (31 percent of employed U.S. adults) -- almost
as much as the entire population of California and Illinois, combined -- will
not use all of their vacation days. Again this year, employed U.S. adults will
leave an average of three vacation days on the table, in essence giving back
more than 460 million(3) vacation days in 2008.
    Despite these statistics, Americans do see the value in vacation, with
more than one-third (39 percent) reporting they feel more productive and
better about their job upon returning from vacation and 52 percent claiming to
feel rested, rejuvenated and reconnected to their personal life. Work
responsibilities are one of the biggest deterrents to taking vacation, with 18
percent of U.S. adults responding that they've cancelled or postponed vacation
plans because of work and 29 percent admitting they have trouble coping with
stress from work at some point in the vacation cycle. Additionally, nearly one
quarter (24 percent) report that they check work e-mail or voicemail while
vacationing. That figure is up from only 16 percent in 2005.
    "The research is clear, despite leaving vacation days unused, Americans
believe in the restorative power of taking time off, as well as their
employers attitudes around taking the days they earn," said Paul Brown,
president, Expedia.com. "Regardless of the number of vacation days Americans
receive or how they want to take them, Expedia aims to provide travelers with
planning tools that allow them to book their perfect trip at the right price
backed by our Best Price Guarantee."
    Americans Lose the Global Tally
    Expedia analyzed the vacation habits of employed workers in the U.S.,
Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and for the first time,
the Netherlands and Austria. Canadians receive an average of 17 annual days,
two less than 2007 but still three more than Americans. Among the European
countries studied in the past, all workers receive more vacation days in 2008
than 2007. Great Britain has a two day increase over 2007, with 26 days, and
Germany, Spain and France all saw increases of one day, receiving 27 days, 31
days and 37 days respectively. Employed workers in the Netherlands and Austria
are awarded an average of 28 days in 2008.
    Gender Differences
    When it comes to making vacation a priority, Expedia research saw a shift
in attitudes toward taking time off among women and men. In 2007, men were
more likely to feel guilty about taking time off from work (39 percent versus
30 percent of women). However, in 2008, women are more likely than men to feel
guilty about taking time off from work (38 percent women versus 28 percent
men), and men are more likely than women (16 percent versus 11 percent) to
take a 2-week vacation. For complete survey results please visit
http://www.expedia.com/vacationdeprivation.
    1) Throughout this announcement, the term "Americans" refers to U.S.
       adults aged 18 and over who are employed full-time and/or part-time
       and/or self-employed.
    2) Calculation: 0.31 * 153,374,000 employed Americans (Bureau of Labor &
       Statistics) = 47,545,940 vacation deprived Americans
    3) Calculation: 3 * 153,374,000 employed Americans (Bureau of Labor &
       Statistics) = 460,000,000 vacation days employed adults give back

    * Broadcast interviews and hard copy b-roll also available

    About Expedia
    Expedia(R) is the world's leading online travel provider, helping millions
of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com
(http://www.expedia.com) aims to provide personalized service, the latest
technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels,
rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services.
With the Expedia(R) Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com promises to offer to its
customers the best rates available online for all types of travel, making it
the most comprehensive customer guarantee in online travel. Expedia.com is an
operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).
    Expedia, the Airplane logo, and Vacation Deprivation are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other
countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks
of their respective owners.
    (C) 2008 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-40

    Methodology Statements

    All Countries - Except Canada
    Harris Interactive(R) fielded the online survey on behalf of Expedia.com
between March 14 and March 18, 2008 among a nationwide cross-section of 1,617
employed adults aged 18+ in the United States. The European survey was
conducted between March 19 and March 28, 2008 among nationwide cross-section
of 506 employed adults aged 16+ in Great Britain, 527 employed adults aged 16+
in France, 467 employed adults aged 16+ in Germany, 578 employed adults aged
16+ in Spain, 588 employed adults aged 16+ in Italy, 459 employed adults aged
16+ in the Netherlands, and 579 employed adults aged 16+ in Austria. The
European data were weighted to be representative of the total employed adult
populations of each country on the basis of region, age, sex, education,
income and propensity to be online. The U.S. data were weighted to be
representative of the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age
within gender, education, household income, race/ethnicity and propensity to
be online.
    In theory, with probability samples of this size, one can say with 95
percent certainty that the results for the U.S. sample have a sampling error
of plus or minus 2 percentage points, the results for the British, French,
Italian, Austrian, and Spanish samples have a sampling error of plus or minus
4 percentage points and sampling error for the German and Netherlands sample
is plus or minus 5 percentage points. This online sample is not a probability
sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
    Note: The Canadian data referenced in this was not gathered by Harris
Interactive Inc.
Canada - Ipsos Reid
    These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of
Expedia from 03/25 to 03/28, 2008. This online survey of 2,032 employed adult
Canadians was conducted via the Ipsos I-Say Online Panel, Ipsos Reid's
national online panel. The results are based on a sample where quota sampling
and weighting are employed to balance demographics and ensure that the
sample's composition reflects that of the actual Canadian population according
to Census data. Quota samples with weighting from the Ipsos online panel
provide results that are intended to approximate a probability sample. An
unweighted probability sample of this size, with a 100% response rate, would
have an estimated margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out
of 20.
SOURCE  Expedia, Inc.

Erin Krause of Expedia, Inc., +1-425-679-4317, press@expedia.com
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