Take Your Vacation To Heart: Unwind With Wyndham

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

21 Percent of Vacation Time Goes Unused in America; Shorter Stays Become the Norm

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, is encouraging Americans to take their "heart-earned"Ě vacation time off and reclaim their unused vacation days with the limited-time "ėUNWIND WITH WYNDHAM"ô special deals.

"When compared to Europe, Americans work more hours, earn far fewer vacation days and, to top it off, leave three days, or a whopping 21% of available time, on the table. We need to reclaim our lost time off. Too many of us are stressed out, over-worked, and time-deprived, and it's high time to rebalance our lives,"Ě said Betsy O"ôRourke, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Wyndham Worldwide. "Today's travelers are taking shorter vacations and staying closer to home to save time and money. No one wants to pay more at the pump, but let's remember Americans still pay less than half as much as Europeans do for gas."Ě Vacation time, even just three to four days, is proven to have innumerable benefits on stress-related health problems, family connection, rekindling romance, and an overall sense of well-being. , , A recent Travelhorizons(tm) survey, co-authored by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) and Ypartnership, shows many Americans continue to travel while making smarter and more streamlined vacation choices. Six out of ten (59 percent) Americans planning a trip with their car, truck or SUV this summer will not change their travel plans even with increases in the price of gas. The other 41 percent will simply take shorter trips or look at cost-saving options.

Yet Expedia.com's 2008 Vacation Deprivation‚ĄĘ Survey finds Americans not only receive the least amount of vacation time of all industrialized countries, they also leave three of those days unused. That translates into a surprising 21 percent of their total vacation time: substantially more than any other country. Where do those lost days go? Wyndham would like to know. Consumers are invited to send emails to [email protected] with their stories.

This summer, travelers are reminded to refuel, recharge and reclaim those lost days by taking a "ėheart-earned"ô vacation. Wyndham introduces new "ėUNWIND WITH WYNDHAM,"ô offers, available now through Sept. 1, 2008, at participating hotels, resorts and vacation rental properties in 100 countries. With thousands of hotels, resorts and rental properties to choose from, ranging from low budget to high-end luxury, Wyndham has an accommodation. For every kind of traveler. For every kind of trip. SM Guests can book a quick getaway, rediscover a place closer to home, explore shops and museums, or attend a nearby festival, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Guests booking online at www.wyndhamworldwide.com may use the promotion code UNWIND. Certain restrictions apply.

"Turn off that Blackberry√', pack a weekend bag and leave for a few important days away with family or friends,"Ě concludes O"ôRourke. "We owe it to ourselves, and when we return, we"ôll not only have shared a great experience and reconnected with our personal lives, but we"ôll likely be even more productive at work."Ě For those who plan a vacation every year, investing in a vacation ownership lifestyle offers good value. And, better still for America's depressed vacation situation, over 68 percent of timeshare owners report that ownership increased the amount of time they spend on vacation. For these travelers, Wyndham's vacation ownership resorts are an attractive option.

Everyone benefits from vacation, and the majority of those trips are planned and booked by women.

In recognition of the important role of women in planning and booking travel, Wyndham Worldwide became the first hotel brand to dedicate an entire program and department to women travelers. The Women on Their Way program has delivered a better hotel experience for travelers since it launched in 1995. In May 2008, the Web site www.womenontheirway.com was expanded to offer travel and safety tips, articles on destinations and events, travel deals and promotions, and advice columns.

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses more than 6,550 franchised hotels and approximately 551,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its more than 3.6 million members access to more than 67,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of approximately 145 vacation ownership resorts serving over 800,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs more than 33,000 employees globally. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the company's web site at www.WyndhamWorldwide.com.

Media Contact: Alyson R. Johnson, Director, Media Relations Wyndham Worldwide (973) 753.6759 [email protected] Ruchika Jain and Kate Rapson Graham & Associates, Inc.

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