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Canada second to last globally for paid time off work

Canada second to last globally for paid time off work

Hotels.com findings show huge global differences in annual vacation and
national public holidays


TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Who doesn’t love time off from the
office? It’s when we get to relax and unwind, spend time with our loved
ones and, of course, travel. Recent findings by Hotels.com(®), which looked at the amount of paid and public holiday time around the
world, reveal that Canada is near the bottom of global rankings with a mere 15 days, beaten only
by Mexico at 13. On the opposite end of the spectrum was Russia, which
came out on top with a staggering average of 40 days of paid leave.

“There is a substantial level of inconsistency around the world when it
comes to the amount of stat holiday or vacation time for employees,
particularly when you compare Russia to Mexico or Canada” said Taylor
L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. “If you’re looking to take
an extended vacation with just two weeks of paid leave, it can be quite
the challenge to get that time off. This could lead to vacation
deprivation, or travellers either being forced to take unpaid time off
or consolidate the time to one trip per year.”

 

Of the 30 nations surveyed, Hotels.com revealed the average annual leave
and public entitlement for employees to be 28 days, with the UK right
on target, but Canada falling 13 days short. Canada wasn’t alone
though, with 12 other countries coming in under the global average
including the U.S., Netherlands, India and all the Asian countries
featured including China, Singapore, Thailand and Japan.

 

On the opposite end of the scale are Italy, Sweden, Finland and France. These European countries joined Russia to make up the top five countries with the most paid leave - 35 days or
more.

 

A plethora of annual bank holidays exist across the world, and Argentina tops the list with 19, which includes the popular ‘Carnival’ in
Argentina between February 11(th) and 12(th). Colombia follows suit with 18 days including ‘Dia de San Jose’ in Colombia on
March 19(th). In contrast, Brazil, Canada and India have the lowest number of national public holidays
with only five days each.


Total global holiday entitlement for 2013:

 


    ___________________________________________________
  |Rank|        |        |National public|    |
  |  |Country   |Annual leave|holidays     |Total|
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |1   |Russia   |28       |12         |40   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |2   |Italy     |24       |12         |36   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Sweden   |25       |11         |36   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |4   |Finland   |25       |10         |35   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |France   |25       |10         |35   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Norway   |25       |10         |35   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Brazil   |30       |5         |35   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |8   |Denmark   |25       |9         |34   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Spain     |22       |12         |34   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |10 |Colombia   |15       |18         |33   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |11 |New Zealand|20       |11         |31   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |12 |Australia |20       |10         |30   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |13 |Argentina |10       |19         |29   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Germany   |20       |9         |29   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Ireland   |20       |9         |29   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Switzerland|20       |9         |29   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |17 |UK       |20       |8         |28   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |18 |South Korea|15       |12         |27   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Netherlands|20       |7         |27   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |20 |India     |21       |5         |26   |
  |  |___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |  |Japan     |10       |16         |26   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |22 |Hong Kong |7       |16         |23   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |23 |Malaysia   |8       |14         |22   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |24 |Thailand   |6       |15         |21   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |25 |USA     |10       |10         |20   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |26 |Taiwan   |7       |12         |19   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |27 |Singapore |7       |11         |18   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |28 |China     |5       |11         |16   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |29 |Canada   |10       |5         |15   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|
  |30 |Mexico   |7       |6         |13   |
  |____|___________|____________|_______________|_____|


*Please note the data does not include national public holidays that
fall on a weekend. For information on international holiday allowance,
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About Hotels.com(®)

Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through the Expedia,
Inc. global network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travellers
with almost 200,000 properties around the world, ranging from
international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and
bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the
perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits from one of the largest hotel
contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its
customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions.
There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from users
who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an
informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP’s industry-leading
loyalty program Welcome Rewards(TM), customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more
than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel,
Hotels.com, LP will refund the difference. Travellers can book online
or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for
mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute
deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of
international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price
Index(TM), which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with
North American data available at www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Hotels.comCA, on Twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcomca and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com, LP is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel
company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of
the world’s best-known brands.


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either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP. All other
trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2013 Hotels.com,
LP.  CST # 2083949-50

SOURCE Hotels.com

Image with caption: “With just 15 days of paid time off, vacation deprivation could be a reality for many Canadians (CNW Group/Hotels.com)”. Image available at:  http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130326_C8173_PHOTO_EN_24795.jpg

Hotels.com

CONTACT: Press contacts:  Lauren Wasley
energi PR for Hotels.com
Phone: (416) 425-9143 ext. 19
Email: lauren.wasley@energipr.com
Twitter: @energiPR Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com
Twitter: @TravelwithTLC


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