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National Plan for Vacation Day
1/3/2019 11:16:59 AM

As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on January 29, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (LC/SWLA CVB), invites the community to plan their vacation time as well as invite friends and family to Southwest Louisiana during 2019. The first step in making something happen is planning!

Every year, more than half of Americans (52%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 705 million unused vacation days, up from 662 million days the prior year. The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning.

 "National Plan for Vacation Day is an opportunity for Americans and for America. And who better than the travel industry to help plan the perfect vacation?” said Roger Dow, President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association. "America offers something for everyone, whether you prefer a sunny day at the beach or a snowball fight in the mountains. We encourage every American to plan their time off to explore our great country.”

Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners: They use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.
53 percent of planners took all their vacation time vs. 43 percent of non-planners.

Planners are also more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off to travel (33% to 18%).

More planners report they are "very” or "extremely” happy with their personal relationships (81% vs. 68%), health and well-being (56% vs. 43%), company (57% vs. 50%), and job (56% vs. 48%) compared to non-planners.

"The research is clear that people who plan their vacations in advance tend to take more of their vacation days, have happier relationships as well as more productivity at work as opposed to nonplanners,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the LC/SWLA CVB. "We are using this national day to bring awareness to everyone so that they will plan their vacations and also invite friends and family to visit Southwest Louisiana this year.”

In addition, America’s unused vacation represents a missed economic opportunity as Americans’ 705 million unused vacation days add up to a potential $255 billion untapped economic boost.

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, Project: Time Off created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers.

The LC/SWLA CVB encourages residents of Southwest Louisiana to invite friends and family to visit Calcasieu Parish. For itinerary ideas on things to do in Southwest Louisiana and inspirational photos by visitors to the area, go to and search for #VisitLakeCharles on social media.
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