SILVER SPRING, Md., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer travel season kicking into gear, Cambria Suites has shed light on family vacation plans in a recent survey,* including the good, the bad and the slightly irritating. Among all survey respondents who have ever taken a family summer vacation (49 percent), nearly one quarter of adults (24 percent) report that they usually need a vacation when they return from a family trip. Among adults living with children under the age of 18, the number increases to 29 percent. Seven percent of respondents even look forward to a "solo" business trip as a way to recover from a family vacation.
Research shows that kids ask their parents "Are we there yet?" an average of nine times during a week-long (seven day) family vacation, according to survey respondents who have been on a family vacation and have at least one child under the age of 18 living in their household. Parents with children six years old and younger can expect to be asked "Are we there yet?" about 13 times during a week-long trip.
Experiences of summer family vacations are overall very positive, as revealed by the new Cambria Suites research. More than half (65 percent) of Americans with family vacation experience find them relaxing and admit that there is "nothing better" than a great family vacation.
"Industry data shows that consumers are regaining confidence in the economy and more families are taking a vacation this year compared to last year," explains Michael Murphy, senior vice president of Cambria Suites. "It's safe to say that the great tradition of the summer family vacation is on its way back."
To help consumers take to the road this summer, no matter how near or far their vacation plans may be taking them, Choice Hotels, franchisor of the Cambria Suites brand, is offering travelers the chance to earn a $50 gift card after just two separate stays. When guests sign up for the Choice Privileges rewards program and stay two separate times from now through August 15, 2012 at any Choice brand property, they'll earn enough bonus rewards points that they can redeem for a $50 gift card of choice to use towards gas, dining or shopping.**
All Cambria Suites hotels feature Reflect, a casual dining and gathering area serving a dinner menu, liquor, wine, beer, freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches, a barista bar featuring Wolfgang Puck® coffee and a hot breakfast buffet; Refresh, a state-of-the-art fitness center with an elegant pool and hot tub/spa area; and Refill, a 24-7 convenience store that offers energy drinks, snacks and sundries.
In addition, each room is a spacious suite that's larger than average and offers the latest in technology, including two flat-screen LCD televisions and MediaHub(TM) plug-and-play technology, allowing guests to connect their laptop, MP3 player, game console, digital camera or CD/DVD player hassle-free. Free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel so that guests can stay connected even while vacationing.
*This online survey was conducted by Leflein Associates, Inc., an independent market research company, May 16-18, 2012, as part of a national omnibus study. A total of 1,050 surveys were completed. Survey respondents represent the proportion of U.S. households with respect to age, gender and region. This survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent at the 95 percent confidence level; the margin of error is larger for subgroups.
About Cambria Suites
Cambria Suites offers contemporary, upscale accommodations at affordable prices. Designed as a lifestyle hotel brand, Cambria Suites offers more than just a place to sleep at night. It features a larger lobby to give guests a more social atmosphere, all-suite rooms that are larger than standard hotel rooms and include a separate living, working and sleeping space, providing business and leisure travelers a haven to relax, socialize and network. There are currently 18 properties open across the country.
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,100 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of March 31, 2012, more than 350 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 30,000 rooms, and approximately 80 hotels, representing approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in approximately 20 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.
Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. Website, which may be accessed at http://www.choicehotels.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Ascend Collection and Choice Privileges are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.
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**Free night is based on an 8,000 point Choice Privileges reward night level. Member must register at ChoiceHotels.com before arrival and book their stays at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.4CHOICE at qualifying rates. Choice Privileges member number must be provided upon check-in. After a second qualifying stay with arrival between 3/8/12 and 5/8/12, you will be awarded enough bonus points to reach the 8,000 point reward night level. For Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, Cambria Suites® or Ascend Collection® hotels, a stay is defined as any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. For Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, or MainStay Suites® hotels, a stay is defined as two (2) or more consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Allow 72 hours from check-out for points to post. A free night at most Choice Privileges locations requires more than 8,000 points. You must maintain an address in the U.S. (including U.S. territories) and Canada to be eligible for this promotion. For Choice Privileges program details, eligible rates, eligible countries and point redemption rules, visit choiceprivileges.com.
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