As part of National Plan for Vacation Day, which happens to be today, the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with award-winning travel and TV host Jeanette Ceja of Jet Set with Jeannette to encourage locals and visitors to use their unused vacation days in 2020. The bi-lingual video, English and Spanish, highlights major Pasadena tourism locations – Old Pasadena, City Hall, La Grande Orange Café, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Rose Bowl Stadium, and Brookside Golf Club, while providing statistics regarding unused vacation days in America and the benefit of planning ahead and scheduling time off.
To see why Pasadena is a great destination to visit with family, friends or even a solo vacation, view the video below or go to: https://youtu.be/xsDqq6qxm_I
“The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day to encourage Americans, and everyone in Pasadena, to take their well-deserved time off. Pasadena has so much to offer, so we want the community and tourists to spend time in our beautiful and vibrant destination,” said Jeanne Goldschmidt, executive director of the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau. “By committing to plan weekend getaways and/or a larger vacation, Americans can enjoy the many benefits of taking a break while giving themselves something to look forward to.”
In 2019, more than half of American workers (55 percent) failed to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 758 million unused vacation days in 2019 of which 236 million were forfeited. What’s the key to using more vacation time? Planning. Nearly half of American households (46 percent) do not do this simple step—and they lose out on their time off and the benefits it brings.
Using vacation days to travel could also improve the U.S. economy, create American jobs and have a positive impact on our health and overall well-being. In fact, if Americans used all their time off to travel, our economy could see a boost of $151.5 billion in travel spending and an additional 2 million U.S. jobs.
“The beginning of the year is the time to pull out the calendar and start planning for the entire year. Before you know it, life happens, and you may find yourself in November with weeks left to use and simply not enough time left in the year to schedule them,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the organization rallying the industry around this nationwide event. “National Plan for Vacation Day is the perfect reminder for Americans to plan to use those well-earned days off to explore this great nation.”
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.
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.
Located 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena offers an enticing combination of modern sophistication and charm. Known for its historical landmarks, famous Rose Parade and 22 blocks of shopping and entertainment in Old Pasadena, the pedestrian-friendly city has over 650 restaurants, more per capita than New York City, and is the birthplace of space exploration and award-winning scientists, including key institutions Caltech, NASA/JPL, The Planetary Society, Innovate Pasadena, and more. As an international melting pot of art and culture, Pasadena offers something for everyone to experience.
About the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Pasadena as a leading meeting, convention and leisure travel destination. With over 650 restaurants, more per capita, than New York City for guests to enjoy, including shopping and entertainment, Pasadena offers something for everyone. For more information about planning a trip to Pasadena, contact the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 307-7977 or log on to www.VisitPasadena.com.