Welcome!

News Feed Item

Thailand Tied to Tech

LONDON, August 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Global Hotels.com survey reveals Asian nations are most tied to mobiles 

Thailand travellers have been named as the nation least prepared to give up their mobile devices when going on holiday, according to a new global survey from Hotels.com. For a huge 85% of them, the thought of going on holiday without their beloved gadgets would bring them out in a cold sweat.  

     (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120628/540164 )

The study, which looks into digital holiday habits across 28 different countries worldwide, explores which nations find it most difficult to achieve that ever-important work/life balance and switch off when holidaying. Closely behind Thailand was Korea in second place with 78% of the nation finding it difficult to be without their device, and Japan in third place with 69%.

Comparatively, the UK came in joint 15th place with Germany, with 36% of respondents being reluctant to fob off their phone while on holiday.

When it comes to Brits, the study revealed that one in three (33%) regret spending too much time on their mobile device once they've returned to home soil. No wonder then, as one in two (46%) admit to checking work e-mails while away and eight in 10 (83%) concede that they try to use their holiday to forget about work. But being unable to disconnect isn't just about being connected to work, as having access to social media, wherever they are, is very important to four in 10 (36%) Brits.

Countries least willing to ditch their devices while on holiday 

    RANK  COUNTRY   % VOTES RANK COUNTRY     % VOTES
    1     THAILAND  85%     =15  GERMANY     36%
    2     KOREA     78%     =15  UK          36%
    3     JAPAN     69%     17   US          35%
    4     CHINA     67%     18   COLOMBIA    33%
    5     SINGAPORE 60%     19   NEW ZEALAND 30%
    =6    TAIWAN    53%     =20  DENMARK     29%
    =6    NORWAY    53%     =20  AUSTRALIA   29%
    8     BRAZIL    52%     =20  NETHERLANDS 29%
    9     IRELAND   51%     23   MEXICO      28%
    10    FINLAND   50%     24   CANADA      27%
    11    HONG KONG 46%     =25  SWEDEN      23%
    =12   FRANCE    40%     =25  SPAIN       23%
    =12   RUSSIA    40%     27   ARGENTINA   22%
    14    ITALY     39%     28   INDIA       20%

The Hotels.com study also revealed the UK's top ten most important travel items. While the mobile phone still came in relatively high in fifth position, it was trumped by the ever-important passport, which came in first place, proving that for Brits foreign fancies still trump domestic dalliances when it comes to holidaying. While sunscreen and travel insurance came in second and third place respectively, the gym kit came in last at 10, illustrating a lackadaisical attitude to exercise from Brits, when on holiday.

Top ten most important travel items for Brits: 

    RANK TRAVEL ITEM
    1    Passport
    2    Sunscreen
    3    Travel insurance
    4    Sunglasses
    5    Smartphone
    6    Deodorant
    7    Swimwear
    8    Razor
    9    Travel guide
    10   Gym Kit

When it comes to which countries are most likely to exaggerate their holiday experiences, China came top of the pile with 67% of respondents likely to lie to friends and family when returning home. Close behind in second place came Germany with 64%, and Korea in third place with just under half (48%) admitting they would embellish a story to impress others. The UK came in 13th place with just under a third (31%) of Brits admitting to fibbing about their adventures.

Countries most likely to exaggerate their holiday experience  

    RANK COUNTRY     % VOTES RANK COUNTRY     % VOTES
    1    CHINA       67%     =15  FINLAND     29%
    2    GERMANY     64%     =15  COLOMBIA    29%
    3    KOREA       48%     17   NORWAY      28%
    4    SPAIN       47%     18   FRANCE      25%
    5    THAILAND    46%     =19  US          24%
    6    TAIWAN      44%     =19  ITALY       24%
    7    INDIA       40%     =21  NEW ZEALAND 20%
    8    RUSSIA      37%     =21  CANADA      20%
    =9   NETHERLANDS 36%     =23  AUSTRALIA   19%
    =9   JAPAN       36%     =23  DENMARK     19%
    11   SINGAPORE   35%     25   SWEDEN      14%
    12   IRELAND     34%     26   ARGENTINA   12%
    13   UK          31%     27   HONG KONG    9%
    14   BRAZIL      30%     28   MEXICO       8%

Alison Couper of the Hotels.com brand said, "Going away on holiday should be a time to take stock and unwind, whether you're lying on a beach in the Seychelles or snowboarding down a mountain in Canada. While smartphones have their plus points while on leave from work, using them to check the weather or view maps, it seems travellers would benefit from switching off their e-mails to disconnect, restoring a little more of the all important work/life balance."

*2,495 respondents surveyed in July 2014 across 28 countries. 

About Hotels.com 

Hotels.com is a leading accommodation booking website operated by Hotesl.com LP. with more than 325,000 properties globally. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 11 million reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking.


More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Real IoT production deployments running at scale are collecting sensor data from hundreds / thousands / millions of devices. The goal is to take business-critical actions on the real-time data and find insights from stored datasets. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Walicki, Watson IoT Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud, will provide a fast-paced developer journey that follows the IoT sensor data from generation, to edge gateway, to edge analytics, to encryption, to the IBM Bluemix cloud, to Wa...
What is the best strategy for selecting the right offshore company for your business? In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, will discuss the things to look for - positive and negative - in evaluating your options. He will also discuss how to maximize productivity with your offshore developers. Before you start your search, clearly understand your business needs and how that impacts software choices.
Enterprises are moving to the cloud faster than most of us in security expected. CIOs are going from 0 to 100 in cloud adoption and leaving security teams in the dust. Once cloud is part of an enterprise stack, it’s unclear who has responsibility for the protection of applications, services, and data. When cloud breaches occur, whether active compromise or a publicly accessible database, the blame must fall on both service providers and users. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben Johnson, C...
Most of the time there is a lot of work involved to move to the cloud, and most of that isn't really related to AWS or Azure or Google Cloud. Before we talk about public cloud vendors and DevOps tools, there are usually several technical and non-technical challenges that are connected to it and that every company needs to solve to move to the cloud. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Stefano Bellasio, CEO and founder of Cloud Academy Inc., will discuss what the tools, disciplines, and cultural...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusic will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Fusic Co. provides mocks as virtual IoT devices. You can customize mocks, and get any amount of data at any time in your test. For more information, visit https://fusic.co.jp/english/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks, that helps your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. As a premier telecommunications provider, Massive Networks is headquartered out of Louisville, Colorado. With years of experience under their belt, their team of...
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enroute Lab will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enroute Lab is an industrial design, research and development company of unmanned robotic vehicle system. For more information, please visit http://elab.co.jp/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MIRAI Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MIRAI Inc. are IT consultants from the public sector whose mission is to solve social issues by technology and innovation and to create a meaningful future for people.
With the rise of DevOps, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in Enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery for the business. When it comes to adopting containers in the enterprise, security is the highest adoption barrier. Is your organization ready to address the security risks with containers for your DevOps environment? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist, NA West at Red Hat, will discuss: The top security r...
IBM helps FinTechs and financial services companies build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale. Hosted on IBM Bluemix, IBM’s platform builds in customer insights, regulatory compliance analytics and security to help reduce development time and testing. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Lennart Frantzell, a Developer Advocate with IBM, will discuss how these tools simplify the time-consuming tasks of selection, mapping and data integration, allowing devel...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Mobile Create USA will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Mobile Create USA Inc. is an MVNO-based business model that uses portable communication devices and cellular-based infrastructure in the development, sales, operation and mobile communications systems incorporating GPS capabi...
There is huge complexity in implementing a successful digital business that requires efficient on-premise and cloud back-end infrastructure, IT and Internet of Things (IoT) data, analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Applications. In the data center alone, there are physical and virtual infrastructures, multiple operating systems, multiple applications and new and emerging business and technological paradigms such as cloud computing and XaaS. And then there are pe...
Today traditional IT approaches leverage well-architected compute/networking domains to control what applications can access what data, and how. DevOps includes rapid application development/deployment leveraging concepts like containerization, third-party sourced applications and databases. Such applications need access to production data for its test and iteration cycles. Data Security? That sounds like a roadblock to DevOps vs. protecting the crown jewels to those in IT.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Corporation will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Corporation is a company developing, manufacturing and marketing high quality and wide variety of industrial computers and interface modules such as PCIs and PCI express. For more information, visit http://www.i...