PARSIPPANY, NJ—La Quinta by Wyndham 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. 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.
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 WiFi, free breakfast, comfortable bedding and more. Guests can say “ohm” to zenofferings, 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.
“As someone who travels more than 200 days a year, I fully understand how last-minute travel right before the holidays can be extremely stressful,” said Krishna Paliwal, president of La Quinta by Wyndham. “A longtime champion of business travelers, La Quinta understands the unique challenges they face, and is committed to helping them succeed on the road every day of the year. This year, we’re raising the bar on relaxation for travelers with a calming take on the amenities they need to get the job done when they need them the most: on the busiest business travel day of the year.”
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.
“Stress can manifest itself differently in each person,” said Dr. Hall, founder and CEO of Mindful Living Network and The Stress Institute, who knows that having to deal with the unexpected, like last-minute business travel, can exacerbate existing stress. “There is good news, though: You can become resilient to the negative effects of stress on your mind and body through exercise, sleep and meaningful connections—and for career commuters, it helps to have a trusted travel partner like La Quinta, which offers the things you need to succeed and help reduce stress.”
No one understands the power of the uplifting connection between humans and animals better than Dr. Evan Antin, a veterinarian who also has five pets of his own.
“As an entrepreneur, I’ve experienced firsthand what it takes to be a true road warrior,” said Antin. “That’s why I’m excited to partner on the Take a Paws Project with La Quinta by Wyndham, a brand that understands the stress business travelers face—particularly during some of the most stressful times of the year—and provides just what we need to put our best foot (or paw) forward.”
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 WiFi, 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.
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.