La Quinta® by Wyndham Eases Stress on Busiest Business Travel Day of the Year

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On the heels of its latest survey, La Quinta develops new Take a Paws Project – a positivity-focused, stress-relief program, complete with pet therapy and guided meditation on business travelers’ most stressful day.

La Quinta® by Wyndham, a trusted hotel brand among career commuters, is helping relieve stress for business travelers on November 20 – the busiest business travel day of the year – when nearly 60% more people are hitting the road than usual (SAP Concur (2017). According to the latest “La Quinta Means Business” survey, 96% of business travelers have had to travel for work the week before Thanksgiving and 81% of them feel they’re likely to experience stress as a result.

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/ntqzyPenJmA

La Quinta is encouraging its guests to take a breather while they take care of business before the holiday rush with its new Take a Paws Project. On the busiest day for business travel, select La Quinta hotels in New York City and Chicago will offer frazzled travelers access to special amenities alongside its signature services – like free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, comfortable bedding, and more – to help them triumph in their travels. Guests can say “ohm” to zen offerings including weighted blankets for anxiety-free sleep, endorphin-producing fitness and meditation classes, and a special pet therapy session in the lobby where they can experience the naturally relaxing influence of furry friends.

SURVEY SAYS: THE STRESS STRUGGLE IS REAL
La Quinta’s survey tapped into the mindset of today’s business traveler leading up to the busiest business travel day of the year to understand how stress affects them on the road and how travel affects their relationships with their pets:

On the Road Again

  • Everybody’s doing it: Nearly all (96%) business travelers have had to travel for work the week before Thanksgiving, with 86% saying they’re likely to do so this year.
  • Hang in there: Almost all (92%) business travelers say they are impacted by stress while on a business trip; of those likely to travel the week before Thanksgiving this year, 81% feel they’ll likely experience stress as a result this year as well.
  • Hot to (turkey) trot: A majority (58%) of career commuters would feel less stressed working late every night the week before Thanksgiving than going on a business trip that week, but 53% say they’d rather go on an unexpected trip the week before Thanksgiving than sit next to the most annoying guest at Thanksgiving dinner.

Gimme a Break

  • Feeling the pressure: Stress related to business travel impacts business travelers in many ways, such as making it harder to relax (54%), feeling anxious or moody (49%), difficulty sleeping (45%), and developing headaches or migraines (35%).
  • Off the clock: Virtually all (98%) business travelers do something to de-stress at their hotel when traveling for work, including watching TV (64%), taking a nap or meditating (52%), FaceTiming family and friends (49%), or working out at the hotel gym (47%).
  • It’s me time: When asked how they’d most like to change their habits when traveling for business, 59% of career commuters cited health and wellness changes (eating healthier, getting more sleep, exercising more); only 10% said they wanted to network more during downtime.
  • Power of the puppy: The vast majority of business travelers (86%) agree that petting a dog while on a business trip would be one of the best ways to de-stress.

Pawprints on Our Hearts

  • Can’t say no to that face: Almost all (95%) pet parents reported feeling like their pet has caused guilt trips before their work trip by looking anxious (58%), whimpering (55%), sitting in or on the suitcase (45%), or even physically blocking the door (35%) – unsurprisingly, 92% of business travelers feel work trips are as stressful for the owner as they are for pets left at home.
  • Fur babies or real babies?: One in three parents say they’d be more stressed about leaving their pet behind when they travel for work than leaving their children.
  • Who’s a good boy?: More career commuters would be stressed about their pets growing anxious to see them (53%) while traveling for work than they would be about their furry friends going to the bathroom everywhere (43%) or tearing apart furniture or clothes (32%).

La Quinta is helping its guests achieve greater business travel tranquility with help from stress expert Dr. Kathleen Hall and pet expert Dr. Evan Antin, as well as Pet Partners, the largest therapy animal nonprofit in the U.S., which will provide guests the unique chance to engage with therapy dogs on November 20 at the brand’s Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Chicago locations.

Dr. Hall and Dr. Antin conducted a nationwide media tour in conjunction with Your Update TV and D S Simon Media to discuss why the Wednesday week before Thanksgiving is the busiest business travel day of the year and how to succeed on the road while traveling for business around the holidays.

La Quinta by Wyndham’s “La Quinta Means Business” survey series aims to uncover the realities of business travel and behaviors and quirks travelers exhibit to better help them succeed while on the road with the signature amenities they need, including free high-speed Wi-Fi, free breakfast, 24/7 coffee and tea, signature comfortable bedding, modern fitness centers, social gathering spaces, and spacious in-room work areas with charging stations. For more information, visit http://www.lq.com.

The “La Quinta Means Business” survey was conducted by Wakefield Research between September 16 and September 23, 2019, using an email invitation and an online survey among 1,000 U.S. business travelers ages 35–54, defined as those traveling for business 10-plus times per year.

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