Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Kiwis get smart with annual leave this Easter

Kiwis get smart with annual leave this Easter


· One in ten Kiwis taking annual leave to make the most of April holidays
· Domestic destinations, Pacific and USA rule holiday hot spots
· Expedia reports 90% YOY increase in interest for Easter holidays

As the first extended public holiday of the year approaches, one in ten (10%) Kiwis have booked three days’ annual leave, spanning the Easter break and Anzac Day double-holiday-hit, to get a whopping ten day break, according Expedia research released today.

Savvy Gen X (35 – 54 years old) travellers were shown to be the most likely to take advantage of the Easter and Anzac holiday break, booking three days’ annual leave more than any other age group.

When compared to the Easter period last year, Expedia has seen a staggering 90% increase in interest for holidays this Easter period.

While domestic destinations remain the most popular, Expedia has witnessed triple digit year-on-year growth in demand in multiple holiday hot spots across the world as the longer break appears to have inspired Kiwis to look further afield.

Where Kiwis are off to this Easter:

· USA: increase in demand of almost 300% increase with LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco proving the most popular destinations
· Fiji: 255% increase in demand for Easter holiday period
· Australia: demand is up 179% with Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast favourite destinations
· Domestic travel: holidaying at home is still the winner for Kiwis with the most popular local destinations for Easter 2014 being:
· Queenstown

· Auckland

· Wellington

· Rotorua


“Kiwis might kick themselves if they do not to consider taking advantage of the double-holiday-hit to take just three days off work in order to get a whopping 10 days leave,” said Expedia travel expert Kelly Cull.

“While it may be too late for some to arrange the double-holiday-hit with your boss, it’s definitely not too late to book in a long weekend. There are still plenty of great last-minute deals on offer.”

Work demands, saving up leave for the end of the year or forgetting to book time off were cited as reasons by Kiwis who are passing up the ten day stretch and only taking statutory days off.
Accruing leave was a strong motivator with the 18 – 24 (31%) and the 35 – 44 (27%) age groups shown to be most likely to save leave till the end of the year.

Expedia travel expert Kelly Cull cautions against stockpiling leave, citing Expedia’s Vacation Deprivation study which found that Kiwis left nearly a week of their annual leave days unused last year.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: PayPal Stops Processing Mega Payments; NZX Listing Still On

PayPal has ceased processing payments for Mega, the file storage and encryption firm looking to join the New Zealand stock market via a reverse listing of TRS Investments, amid claims it is not a legitimate cloud storage service. More>>

ALSO:

Housing Policy: Auckland Densification As Popular As Ebola, English Says

Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Auckland’s housing were “about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola” would be. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: NZ Government Deficit Smaller Than Expected In First Half

The New Zealand government's operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first six months of the financial year, as the consumption and corporate tax take rose ahead of forecast in December, having lagged estimates in previous months. More>>

ALSO:

Fruit & Veg Crackdown: Auckland Fruit Fly Find Under Investigation

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn... MPI has placed legal controls on the movement of fruit and some vegetables outside of a defined circular area which extends 1.5km from where the fly was trapped in Grey Lynn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Westpac NZ Reaches $2.97M Swaps Settlement

Westpac Banking Corp’s New Zealand unit has agreed to pay $2.97 million in a settlement with the Commerce Commission over the way the bank sold interest rate swaps to farmers between 2005 and 2012. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news