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RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT TRAVEL REPORT REVEALS GENDER DIFFERENCES IN COPING WITH EXTENDED STAY TRAVEL

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT TRAVEL REPORT REVEALS GENDER DIFFERENCES
 IN COPING WITH EXTENDED STAY TRAVEL
 WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- While being away from home on long business trips poses unique challenges for both sexes, women -- who make up 31 percent of all business travel roomnights -- seem to be coping better than their male counterparts, according to research released by Residence Inn by Marriott.
 In the 1992 Residence Inn by Marriott Extended Stay Travel Report, "Women Extended Stay Travelers: Taking It In Stride," researchers discovered gaps between how men and women perceive job productivity, loneliness and boredom on extended stay business trips. Additional findings revealed varying perceptions by gender of how employers are addressing those needs. The report's three major conclusions are:
 -- Women feel more stimulated by their work and more productive on extended stay trips than do men.
 -- While both men and women miss family and friends when on the road for extended stay business trips, women cope better than men with the loneliness and boredom inherent in being away from home.
 -- Women, more than men, feel that their employers are doing a good job of helping them deal with the stress of extended stay travel; also, that their employers are helping make extended stay business trips more productive.
 Data for "Women Extended Stay Travelers: Taking It In Stride" was collected through interviews conducted in late 1991 with 400 respondents who fit Residence Inn by Marriott's target market: extended stay travelers who take at least one business trip annually lasting five or more consecutive nights in one hotel.
 Residence Inn, which regularly conducts research to gain a fuller understanding of the unique needs and experiences of the extended stay traveler, conducted this research to learn more about how women in particular are handling extended stay travel.
 Among the highlights of the study:
 -- A majority of women (54 percent) feel more productive on extended stay than on shorter trips, compares with only 44 percent of men. Additionally, 56 percent of women said they are more stimulated by their work while on extended stay travel than when working at the home office; only 36 percent of men feel this way.
 -- Not surprisingly, over half (62 percent) of all travelers say they tend to get lonely when away from home on business trips. However, women are experiencing this loneliness significantly less than men: The strong majority (68 percent) of men say they are more lonely on extended stay travel, compared with only 46 percent of women.
 -- Similarly, when asked to describe the "worst" aspects of extended stay travel, 39 percent of men mention missing friends and family, compared with 23 percent of women. And fathers are still more likely than mothers to feel this way (66 percent vs. 52 percent, respectively).
 -- Women are less likely than men to feel that extended stay travel has a negative impact on their pursuit of favorite hobbies (38 percent vs. 57 percent), on their ability to get proper exercise (46 percent vs. 54 percent) and on their ability to follow good eating habits (50 percent vs. 61 percent).
 -- Men extended stay travelers are more likely than women to feel that their families are stressed by their absence. More married men than married women feel this way (58 percent vs. 33 percent), and more fathers than mothers feel this way (65 percent vs. 52 percent).
 -- More than half (56 percent) of women feel that their employers are doing a "very good" job in helping make their extended stay trips more productive, compared to only 34 percent of men. Similarly, half (49 percent) of women give their employers high marks for making extended stay travel less stressful, compared to 30 percent of men.
 -- According to both men and women, employers could do a better job of supporting them on extended stay trips by giving them better and more choice of accommodations, higher expense compensation levels and more free time. Accommodation needs include more space, kitchen facilities, and laundry and exercise facilities.
 -- Both men and women feel that extended stay travel benefits include seeing new places, meeting people and breaking up the routine.
 Background:
 With 177 hotels in 41 states, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in extended stay lodging, providing residential-style hotels primarily for travelers whose business takes them on the road for five or more consecutive nights in one location.
 Rooms and suites are 50 percent larger than traditional hotel rooms, and offer fully-equipped kitchens. Complimentary continental breakfast and free grocery shopping service are standard, along with recreational facilities and weekday social hours.
 Residence Inn is a division of the Marriott Corporation (NYSE: MHS) of Washington, a diversified hospitality company involved in lodging and contract services.
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