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Research Funded by Diamond Resorts International(R) Reveals the Benefits of Regular Vacations

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LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Nov 5, 2014) - According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen*, people who take regular vacations are considerably happier and feel healthier than those who tend to skip their holidays. The online survey was commissioned by Diamond Resorts International® (DRII) and included more than 2000 respondents aged 25 and older with an annual household income of at least $35K. The "Vacation Integration Towards an All-inclusive Lifestyle" (VITAL) survey* compared happiness, health, vitality, relationships and job satisfaction of two groups of survey participants -- those who vacation at least once a year and those who never go on vacations. While the study included a broad variety of factors and questions, the general conclusion was obvious: regular vacations are not simply a pleasant luxury, they have a significant impact on our well-being.

Despite the obvious contribution that vacations make to health and happiness, 52% of respondents, a majority, did not take all of their paid vacation days last year, forfeiting on average more than seven days each year that they could have spent relaxing at a beach, touring foreign cities or taking on the slopes, rather than sitting behind their desks. One of the most significant factors guiding this decision was money: 38% of survey participants who did not take a vacation in the last year cited higher unemployment as the main reason and 70% of respondents who did not travel at all last year said it was too expensive in the current economy. Diamond Resorts understands the importance of regular vacation time as well as the dilemma that financing a rewarding holiday may cause. In response the company has developed a network of more than 300 premier vacation destinations that offer affordable luxury vacations to all of their customers.

"At Diamond Resorts International®, we have always believed that vacations are a necessity for a happy, healthy, well-balanced life and we believe everyone should be viewing vacations that way," explains President and CEO David Palmer. This opinion is backed by noted psychologist Dr. Dale Atkins, the Diamond Resorts Vacation Doctor." "This supports what I see in my practice every day," Dr. Atkins says. "Vacations should not be considered a luxury -- they are a must for our happiness and health in an increasingly stressful world." Based on the survey results, Dr. Atkins identified the five main reasons why vacations are essential: "Vacations can make you feel sexier, happier, energized, more satisfied with your job, and healthier. And thanks to Diamond Resorts, these are realistic goals everyone can achieve.*"

Diamond Resorts International® is a global hospitality and vacation ownership company that manages a network of over 300 vacation destinations located in 33 countries around the globe, including the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. This varied selection of resorts provides guests with many choices and grants them flexibility in planning their dream vacation, from local weekend trips to exotic holidays on the other side of the world. Thanks to the hassle-free booking process, travellers are guaranteed a relaxing vacation and truly memorable experiences every time, for a lifetime. Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® through 93 managed resorts and 210 affiliated properties.

Because of the profound impact regular vacations have on people's health and happiness, Diamond Resorts likes to say that their members and guests don't simply take vacations. They Stay Vacationed™.

*"Vacation Integration Towards All-Inclusive Lifestyle" [Nielsen Study, December 2013]

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