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More Work Than Play For Hosts This Holiday Season

ATLANTA, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To help ease the pressure for hosts around the world this holiday season, InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG), whose family of brands includes InterContinental ® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza ® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo ® hotels, Holiday Inn ® hotels, Holiday Inn Resort ® hotels, Holiday Inn Club Vacations ® hotels, Holiday Inn Express ® hotels, Staybridge Suites ® hotels and Candlewood Suites ® hotels, has tapped into its vast hospitality expertise to create a new interactive, IHG Guide to Hospitality .

New global research released by IHG polled over 5,000 people across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The results revealed that even though one in five people say that they enjoy hosting others, 15 percent of people admit to feeling stressed within just 10 minutes of their guests arriving.

The research also revealed that, almost 44 hours, which is more than the average work week, are spent looking after guests' needs during the holiday season. Perhaps not surprising then, that an average of 11 percent of hosts[1] admit they would rather be at work than host friends or family.

U.S. Specific Results From changing bed linens and entertaining to decorating and preparing food and drinks, some of the most time consuming elements when Americans host this holiday season will be:
  • Preparing meals / baking – between 4 - 8 hours
  • Entertaining guests – between 4 - 8 hours

More than 20 percent of Americans who host this holiday season also admit that one of their biggest concerns is guests who outstay their welcome, and with an average of six people to host per household, this could be expected.

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