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BETHESDA, Md. — May 18, 2011 – Dealing with higher gas prices and grocery bills while waiting for depressed home prices to rise, it’s no wonder an independent annual survey on vacation attitudes released today revealed that most Americans need a mental health break from the increasingly demanding daily pressures. Three-quarters of Americans who responded said that taking a vacation this year will be important to their mental health, and who could blame them. Among the reasons cited, thirty-seven percent will seek to rejuvenate their spirits and forty-four percent hope to relieve themselves of stress.
The second annual survey, commissioned by SpringHill Suites and conducted by TNS, showed that despite inflating costs, they will not be stopped from vacationing to get their much needed mental health break. Two-thirds of Americans surveyed said they will travel the same or more this year than last year. For six in ten, not even gas prices will change travel plans, according to the survey, while 89 percent will actually choose the destination before the vacation package deal, a less cost-conscious approach.
While on vacation, two-thirds of Americans surveyed claim they will not check their work e-mail, a trend found to be considerably more prevalent among female than male respondents.
Other key survey findings included:
The online panel was comprised of U.S. individuals aged 18+. Surveyed respondents were balanced to be nationally representative of the U.S. population aged 18+. Using the online panel as the full population projection, the margin of error calculated is plus or minus 2.1% at the 95% confidence level. For more information and findings on the SpringHill Suites traveler attitude survey, please visit www.marriottnewscenter.com or www.springhillsuites.com.
About SpringHill Suites
SpringHill Suites is ideal for business and leisure travelers who look for style and inspiration in their stay. Featuring suites larger than traditional hotel rooms, SpringHill Suites makes it easy for guests to spread out and fully enjoy their space. Launched in November 1998, the brand currently has more than 270 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites along with over 3,100 Marriott-affiliated hotels worldwide, participate in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows its over 30 million members to earn points or airline miles for each dollar spent during each stay.
For more information, visit www.springhillsuites.com.
TNS is the global leader in custom market research delivering actionable insights and research-based business advice to clients around the globe so they can make more effective business decisions. TNS offers comprehensive industry knowledge within the Consumer, Technology, Finance, Automotive and Political & Social sectors, supported by a unique product offering that stretches across the entire range of marketing and business issues, specializing in product development & innovation, brand & communication, stakeholder management, retail & shopper, and qualitative research. Delivering best-in-class service across more than 80 countries, TNS is dedicated to discovering growth opportunities for its clients in an ever-changing world. Through its pioneering and innovative culture, TNS understands the latest marketing challenges and research techniques, being the first to discover and solve new marketing issues for clients.
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