More than half (55 percent) of Americans do not use all the time off they earn, leading to 658 million unused vacation days a year. National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to take back their calendars and plan their time off.
The single-most important step workers can take to use their time off and make vacation possible is to plan their time off in advance. However, less than half (49 percent) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year.
Time spent planning pays off, according to Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2016, which also revealed a strong correlation between planning and increased happiness. The amount of vacation time taken showed a clear correlation to happiness at home; the more vacation days used, the lower the home-life stress. Respondents were also happier with their job, company, financial situation, and professional success.
Beyond the personal and professional benefits, America’s vacation time represents an economic opportunity. More than 24 million people visit Cincinnati annually, resulting in more than 4.4 billion dollars spent here each year. According to the US Travel Association’s most recent research, more than $650 billion is spent on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers.
“Cincinnati is on an incredible run, and there’s no better time to experience the excitement and energy happening here,” Lincoln said. “We encourage Cincinnatians to be a tourist in your own town, and invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of the wealth of offerings we have in the Queen City.”
There are a lot of ways to plan a vacation in Cincinnati. Recommended itineraries and other resources can be found here. The CVB also operates a Visitor Center on Fountain Square.
About National Plan for Vacation Day
National Plan for Vacation Day is a national observance dedicated to encouraging Americans to plan their vacations for the rest of the year at the start of the year. According to Project: Time Off, a national movement to transform American vacation attitudes and behaviors, individuals who plan their vacation time for the year are more likely to use all their time off and take longer vacations. Learn more at ProjectTimeOff.com/PlanForVacation and join the conversation with #PlanForVacation.
About the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is an aggressive sales, marketing and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact Hamilton County's and the City of Cincinnati's economy through convention, trade show and visitor expenditures. The travel and tourism industry traditionally has been a $4.4 billion industry in Cincinnati USA, employing 74,000 people in a variety of fields and bringing 24.1 million visitors to the region annually. Visit www.cincyusa.com for more.