|By PR Newswire||
|January 14, 2013 11:28 AM EST||
CHESTER, England, January 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- Over 1 in 5 (21 per cent) family holidaymakers argue about destination choice or how much to spend on their annual holiday
- 40 per cent of family men feel they 'give in' to keep everyone happy
- 47 per cent of holidaymakers squabble about what they should do while on holiday
- 58 per cent of family holidaymakers say feel that mum has the final say on deciding the holiday in general
- Almost a quarter (24 per cent) feel like they're stuck in a holiday 'rut'
With Christmas a distant memory, the weather taking a turn for the worse and half term and Easter breaks fast approaching, many families are planning on getting some quality time and much needed 'sun therapy' in the diary. Research released today from TravelSupermarket shows that families may already be feeling the pressure when it comes to planning this year's holiday as one in every five (21 per cent) family holidaymakers bicker about where to go and how much to spend.
Findings from the TravelSupermarket 2013 Travel Trends Tracker show that while it is women who make most of the final holiday decisions, 40 per cent of men often feel a little hard done by, claiming they sacrifice their preferences in order to keep the peace when booking a family break.
The research also reveals that almost half (47 per cent) of holidaymakers disagree about things such as which activities to do during the day (21 per cent), what they should eat (19 per cent) and where to go in the evening (17 per cent), but it's normally the women who have the final say in these decisions (58 per cent*). This isn't surprising as when it comes to choosing the destination and deciding the daily activity on a family holiday, it's normally down to mum to lead the way and keep everyone happy. And with many opinions and preferences to take into account on holiday, it can be a juggling act to balance everyone's expectations.
When it comes to holiday budgets, men are more likely than women to start an argument about the expense of the holiday with 16 per cent citing this as one of the causes of bickering compared with only 10 per cent of women. Despite this, when it comes to holiday finances, it appears women control the purse strings, with 55 per cent of those who argue about holiday spending believing women win the argument over men**.
Supporting the conclusion that men feel like they compromise more on their holiday ideal, the study also illustrates that almost a quarter (24 per cent) of family holidaymakers feel like they are stuck in a holiday 'rut', because they choose the same types of trip each year, with men (28 per cent) feeling more frustrated than women (20 per cent).
Bob Atkinson, travel expert from TravelSupermarket, comments: "Our annual holiday with the family is the one of the biggest events of the year and it's no wonder that many people have to negotiate to find a holiday that will deliver the holiday goods for everyone going on the trip. The keys to deciding on a holiday that appeals to the whole family is to understand what will tick the box for each of the family and to research your options thoroughly to check your holiday will deliver them prior to booking. With holidays, it's not the case that one size fits all, but there are hundreds of destinations that will tick most of the boxes.
"With so many great holiday deals currently on offer, and many resorts keen to give you the best value for your holiday budget, you're bound to find a destination with activities and features that will keep everyone happy. Options include everything from Orlando in USA to Salou in Spain, within walking distance or a short bus journey away from a selection of restaurants, theme parks, pampering retreats and beach locations. So get online, and see where your holiday budget could take you - without the need for hours of negotiation with the family!"
Bob's top tips for avoiding holiday destination dramas:
1. Start off by getting everyone together and understanding the things that you all like and dislike about travelling on holiday. Make a list of must have items such as swimming pools, kids' clubs, location, type of resort, flying times and things to do in the resort such as nightlife and eating out, cultural activities, theme parks or maybe sports.
2. The next step is to filter them down to the three or four killer things that will ensure the trip goes well. These are now the must haves for your holiday check list.
3. Set yourself a clear budget and try to stick to it. It may help to use the comparison services available online as this will give a huge selection of holidays that cater for different budgets. There are always fun but unaccounted activities on a holiday so having the peace of mind you can afford them will help you enjoy your time away.
4. Now that you know what you want from a break start the research for your best destination. Get online and use social media sites as well as blogs and review sites for further ideas and research. Then begin checking the travel sites for inspiration and by using a search engine to read destination guides such as those from TravelSupermarket. Our huge range of concise guides cover off the key holiday resorts and city break locations with all the things to see and do.
5. Once you've found a good deal, get booking! Don't let the deal go. And when booking remember our three Golden Rules:
- Wherever possible book an ATOL or a Flight-Plus covered holiday. If in doubt ask the company you are booking with if they are covered and if you're concerned that the licence is genuine then check it with the CAA.
- Pay by VISA or Mastercard debit card for charge back protection or by credit card you can receive protection under the Consumer Credit Act and the Consumer Credit Directive for transactions between £100 and £62,260 - even if just the deposit is put on the card.
- For all holidays without protection such as DIY trips, you should have an insurance policy to cover End Supplier failure. This protects you against loss due to the collapse of a part of your holiday or the ability to re-book the failed element without incurring the additional costs, dependent on your policy.
Notes to editors:
Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,011 British Holidaymakers, defined as having been on holiday at least once during the past three years, from 30th November to 7th December 2012. Of these, 983 were "family holidaymakers"
Further questions were asked in an online survey of 1,604 UK Holidaymakers from 4th to 7th January 2013. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria
* 792 family holidaymakers were asked who tends to make the final decision when it comes to the family holiday destination. Female family members as well as women answering "myself" and men answering "my partner" were counted as female while male family members, men answering "myself" and women answering "my partner" were counted as male. Figures exclude those answering "other" or "don't know"
** 103 respondents who argue about how much they will spend on the family holiday were asked who tends to get their way on this issue. Male and female family members were calculated using the above method.
TravelSupermarket is an online comparison service where customers can find the best value travel options for their needs and purchase over the internet. The website compares flights, car hire, hotels, cruise, package holidays plus dynamic packaging by searching hundreds of travel websites. The information supplied is unbiased and is designed to save the customer time and money.
The site thrives on offering its users accurate real time availability by taking information directly from suppliers such as Opodo, British Airways, Thomas Cook, First Choice, Radisson, Sol Melia, easyCar, Auto-Europe and many more, ensuring users are presented the best possible price at all times. It searches:
- Over 650 scheduled, low cost and charter airlines from 39 individual suppliers
- Over 200,000 individual hotels from over 42 individual hotel suppliers
- Over 200 individual car hire providers from over 21 suppliers
- 1,000s of individual package holidays from over 34 suppliers
Additionally, TravelSupermarket also compares prices on travel insurance and on airport car parking.
TravelSupermarket is part of the Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC.
http://www.moneysupermarket.com is a website where consumers can compare personal finance products, save money and apply online. The website has several service areas including personal loans, credit cards, mortgages, current accounts, savings accounts, motor insurance, home insurance, travel insurance, health insurance, mobile phones, broadband and shopping.
For more information please contact:
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
Jul. 1, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 175
Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of ...
Jul. 1, 2016 03:15 PM EDT Reads: 273
Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. In his session at @Th...
Jul. 1, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,409
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Jul. 1, 2016 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 295
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate a...
Jul. 1, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,031
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
Jul. 1, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 681
Apixio Inc. has raised $19.3 million in Series D venture capital funding led by SSM Partners with participation from First Analysis, Bain Capital Ventures and Apixio’s largest angel investor. Apixio will dedicate the proceeds toward advancing and scaling products powered by its cognitive computing platform, further enabling insights for optimal patient care. The Series D funding comes as Apixio experiences strong momentum and increasing demand for its HCC Profiler solution, which mines unstruc...
Jul. 1, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 679
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Jul. 1, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 645
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Jul. 1, 2016 10:45 AM EDT Reads: 556
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
Jul. 1, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,078
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Jul. 1, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 512
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Jul. 1, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,184
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. He cited examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He also highlighted how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable ...
Jul. 1, 2016 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 680
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often ...
Jul. 1, 2016 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 798
When people aren’t talking about VMs and containers, they’re talking about serverless architecture. Serverless is about no maintenance. It means you are not worried about low-level infrastructural and operational details. An event-driven serverless platform is a great use case for IoT. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Animesh Singh, an STSM and Lead for IBM Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, will detail how to build a distributed serverless, polyglot, microservices framework using open source tec...
Jul. 1, 2016 08:30 AM EDT Reads: 794
The idea of comparing data in motion (at the sensor level) to data at rest (in a Big Data server warehouse) with predictive analytics in the cloud is very appealing to the industrial IoT sector. The problem Big Data vendors have, however, is access to that data in motion at the sensor location. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Scott Allen, CMO of FreeWave, discussed how as IoT is increasingly adopted by industrial markets, there is going to be an increased demand for sensor data from the outermos...
Jul. 1, 2016 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 562
CenturyLink has announced that application server solutions from GENBAND are now available as part of CenturyLink’s Networx contracts. The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Networx program includes the largest telecommunications contract vehicles ever awarded by the federal government. CenturyLink recently secured an extension through spring 2020 of its offerings available to federal government agencies via GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. GENBAND’s EXPERiUS™ Application...
Jul. 1, 2016 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 595
"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 1, 2016 07:15 AM EDT Reads: 739
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Jul. 1, 2016 07:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,327
"We work in the area of Big Data analytics and Big Data analytics is a very crowded space - you have Hadoop, ETL, warehousing, visualization and there's a lot of effort trying to get these tools to talk to each other," explained Mukund Deshpande, head of the Analytics practice at Accelerite, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 1, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 782