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705 Million Unused Vacation Days

Published: January 08, 2019

Eugene, OR - As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on January 29, 2019, Travel Lane County is encouraging  individuals throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region to get involved and plan for a vacation in 2019.   

Every year more than half of Americans fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of over 705 million unused vacation days. In Oregon, we come in 25th among the 50 states with nearly 10 million unused vacation days. 

The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans.

“Travel Lane County is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because it’s time for Americans to reclaim their vacation days,” said Andy Vobora, Travel Lane County VP of Stakeholder Relations. “By planning, we can all reap the benefits of taking time off."

Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier. 

America’s unused vacation represents a missed economic opportunity, but more importantly taking vacations:

> Strengthens personal relationships, inspires creative thinking, improves professional performance and promotes better health.
> Help us achieve higher productivity and performance, a more positive attitude toward work, increased happiness, improved mental and physical health, better relationships and social life.
> Has helped employees be more likely than forfeiters to be promoted within the last year (27% to 23%) and to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years (84% to 78%).

Resources:
Travel Lane County:

Plan Your Vacation Video 
Plan Page
Adventure Center Staff

Project Time Off:
Video - Worst FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
Five Ways to Celebrate and Spread the Word
Vacation Planning Tool
Project: Time Off 

About National Plan for Vacation Day
National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on January 29, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.  Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 500 organizations, representing all 50 states came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation and last year over 2,500 organizations participated.Join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.

Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
541.743.8770; 800.547.5445

Andy@EugeneCascadesCoast.org

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $676 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2017. EugeneCascadesCoast.org