(File pix) Expedia.com.my recently released its 17th annual survey on vacation deprivation, in which almost two-thirds of Malaysians questioned said that they are “very” or “somewhat” vacation-deprived. Bernama Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians are the third most vacation-deprived people globally, Expedia.com.my has revealed.

The top online travel portal recently released its 17th annual survey on vacation deprivation, in which almost two-thirds of Malaysians questioned said that they are “very” or “somewhat” vacation-deprived.

Expedia Southeast Asia and India General Manager, Simon Fiquet, said the primary reasons for the deprivation are budgetary or affordability issues, the desire to save up vacation days for longer holidays, and the inability to get away from work.

He said the survey, which involved 15,000 full-time working adults in 30 markets, revealed that vacation deprivation is on the rise worldwide, with 53 per cent of respondents feeling vacation-deprived in 2017, compared to 49 per cent in 2016.

“Compared with the Americas and Europe, the Asia-Pacific region is leading the pack as the most vacation-deprived region, with South Korea topping the list, followed by France and Malaysia.

“Malaysia has been in the top five of most vacation-deprived countries since 2015,” he said at a media briefing on the survey findings here.

Fiquet said that the survey also showed that one out of three Malaysians still check their work-related e-mail or voice mail at least once a day while on vacation; and find it hard to detach themselves from work – thus corroborating another finding that they do not get to fully enjoy their vacation.

Across the sectors, Fiquet said the survey found that those in the marketing and media-related industries are the most vacation-deprived globally, followed by those in the food and beverages and agricultural sectors. – BERNAMA

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