Vacation Habits In Southeast Asian Countries, According to Expedia

Vacation Habits In Southeast Asian Countries, According to Expedia, recently released findings from the 2017 edition of the Vacation Deprivation Study, an annual survey that looks at the vacation habits of more than 15,000 working adults across 30 countries globally. 

Incorporating insights from 300 full-time working adults in Thailand, the study revealed that 81 percent of Thais agree that they deserve more vacation days than they are given, ranking them fifth highest in Asia to express that, after South Korean (88 percent), Hong Kong (86 percent), Taiwan (84 percent) and India (81 percent).  

The 2017 study also revealed that 76 percent of Thais spend their time at work dreaming about vacations.

Simon Fiquet, General Manager of Southeast Asia and India said, “Every year, Expedia Vacation Deprivation study looks at vacation habits across several different continentsWhile habits differ, the emotional impact of vacation does not

Somewhere between 80 to 90 percent of people worldwide say that vacations make them feel happier, better rested, closer to their family, less stressed and more relaxedThese are all emotions that correlate to a productive employee”.

Source: Expedia
Source: Expedia

Besides Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are among other two nations in the region listed within the list.

Among the key highlights of the survey by Expedia on these two nations are as per following details below:

# One out of three Malaysians would still check their work-related e-mail or voice mail at least once a day while on vacation, and found it hard to detach themselves, corroborating the fact that they did not get to fully enjoy their vacation

# Malaysians valued their holidays and noted that quality time off was crucial for better productivity and performance, and was a critical part of the work-life balance

# 77 percent of Malaysians agreed that they became more relaxed after returning from a vacation, and a significant percentage said they would become more productive and focused, and able to think more holistically after taking a break

# Singapore - which ranked seventh in the list of most vacation-deprived countries - close to half of the full-time workers take fewer days of annual leave than the amount they receive, even though their employers were supportive 

# Part of it is due to the employees' desire to save their leave days in case something comes up in the future

# Other reasons cited why workers in Singapore do not use up all their vacation time include having a tough work schedule and having insufficient resources to handle their workload while they were away 

# Across the sectors, the survey found that those in the marketing- and media-related industry were the most vacation-deprived globally, followed by those in the food and beverages and agricultural sectors.

Source : Destination Thailand news, BERNAMA and Channel NewsAsia

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