Friday 1 May 2009

Aussies still holidaying and enjoying work/life balance

Wotif Travel Insight highlights travel habits
BRISBANE – 1 May 2009: Aussies are still planning to holiday as they always have and say they are balancing their work and personal lives to do so, according to the Travel Insight survey*.
Despite the doom and gloom, more than 60% of respondents said they'll holiday as they always have and don't intend to curb their holiday habits as a result of tightening economic conditions.
Of those who will change their habits, 30% indicated they will now take more frequent, but shorter, breaks.
Not surprisingly, 69% of people said they wish Aussies were offered more than four weeks annual leave and, when it comes to taking their allocated leave, almost half the respondents (49%) said they were taking it all.
Only 4% said they are not taking any leave at all.
"From what we can see, people are still opting to take a break, have some time off and take advantage of the great deals on offer at the moment," said Megan Magill, General Manager Brand.
"Our hotels are offering great deals and value-added inclusions and when you team these with the domestic and international air fares on sale at the moment, there are some fantastic bargains for those who plan on getting away.
"Our survey was conducted in early April, around the time the Government's stimulus payments began arriving, so there's an additional 900 reasons for people to getaway for a short break right now."
The leisure traveller component of the Travel Insight survey asked 1,468 Australians about their work/life balance. The results also showed:
-      Generation X (26 – 35 years) was the worst offending age group for not taking any annual leave;
-      Baby Boomers (46-55 years) were most likely to take all of their allocated leave;
-      NSW had the highest percentage of people taking all of their annual leave allocation (32%) followed by Queensland (26%) and Victoria (23%)
-      80% of NT respondents will holiday as they always have, higher than the national response of 60%.
*The Travel Insight survey incorporates questions for both leisure and business travellers. The information in this release is based on the 1,468 leisure traveller respondents throughout Australia. It was conducted by in April 2009 and is the first in a series of quarterly surveys.   
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