Nebraska Tourism Commission celebrates National Plan for Vacation Day


Erin Lenz at 402-471-3797, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Tourism Commission celebrates National Plan for Vacation Day


LINCOLN, Neb. (January 28, 2019) – Many people think of Nebraska as flat, boring, featureless and unappealing. But for those willing to look deeper and discover what makes Nebraska special, prepare to be dazzled. As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on January 29, Nebraska Tourism Commission is encouraging travelers to discover the state for themselves and plan a trip to Nebraska in 2019.

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 year before.

“Nebraska Tourism is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because we want to encourage Americans to take their well-deserved time off,” said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director. “By committing to planning on January 29, Americans can all reap the benefits of taking a break while giving yourself something to look forward to. Nebraska might not be your cup of tea, but if you can appreciate the majestic beauty, wide-open spaces and exploration the state provides, then welcome!”

The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (52%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year.

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 of 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.

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, U.S. Travel Association 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.

Not convinced to start planning a 2019 vacation yet? Order a free Nebraska state travel guide and start planning. Additional Nebraska travel ideas can be found at VisitNebraska.com or the Visit Nebraska Facebook page.

National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated the last Tuesday in January as a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.


For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.



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