'Weekenditis' epidemic takes hold of the nation

Wednesday 26 March 2014, 9:13AM
By Mango

TFE Hotels to give 52 weekends away in a bid to help Kiwis beat ‘Weekenditis’.

Auckland, 26 March 2014: Kiwis are being told to watch out for ‘Weekenditis’ as new research from TFE Hotels reveals we are not taking our recommended dose of fun during the weekend; with one in five people calling in sick on a Monday to recover from the epidemic.

The survey found that 95 per cent of New Zealanders say they look forward to the weekend but are not making enough time to relax, unwind and more importantly escape from busy schedules.

TFE Hotels’ spokesperson for ‘Great Weekends’ Clarke Gayford said we’ve looked at the weekend habits of Kiwis and realised we’re not quite the leisure-loving nation we all think we are.

“The truth is Kiwis are spending more time worrying about the pressures of life during weekends. In fact, we’re more likely to prioritise work and household commitments (over 50%) than living the laid back life of leisure that 85 per cent of us believe we have,” said Clarke.

Stress, anxiety, tiredness and guilt are common symptoms of ‘Weekenditis’ with nearly a quarter (23%) of New Zealanders saying these feelings spike during the weekend.

“Gone are the days of the classic Kiwi weekend when we would have grabbed the kids and escaped to the beach. Weekends now seem to be overcommitted with catching up on odd jobs around the house and even working on weekends. As a result, Kiwis are suffering from ‘Weekenditis’ with one in five forced to call in sick on a Monday to recover,” Clarke said.

One of the leading causes of ‘Weekenditis’ is that Kiwis are taking too much time out of their weekends to focus on work related tasks with 60 per cent of Kiwis admitting to checking work emails over the weekend.

Gen Y 18-24 year olds seem to be the worst sufferers from ‘Weekenditis’ with a quarter pulling a Monday sickie once every two months.

Emma Fraser, Group Director of Marketing for TFE Hotels said: “Nearly 2 million Kiwis would rather be spending their weekends with family and friends in the great outdoors, not being stuck at home. At TFE Hotels we decided it was time to find a remedy for ‘Weekenditis’ by encouraging Kiwis to increase their leisure activities and getaway for a ‘Great Weekend.”

TFE Hotels in partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer are inspiring New Zealanders to get away on the weekend by giving away 52 weekends, including Virgin Australia flights and TFE Hotels’ accommodation, as well as an Ultimate Weekend Away for one person and 11 friends, valued at $15,000.

Key statistics:

·      One in five New Zealanders have called in sick on a Monday
·      95 per cent of New Zealanders say they look forward to the weekend
·      23 per cent of New Zealanders admit to feeling stressed, worried, tired and guilty during the weekend
·      18-24 year olds are most likely to call in sick once every two months (25%)
·      60 per cent of New Zealanders admit to checking work emails over the weekend
·      With New Zealand men the main culprits and make up 65 per cent of those who confessed to checking work emails

Note to editors:

·      A survey was conducted on behalf of TFE Hotels with 501 New Zealand participants
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About TFE Hotels

A joint venture between Toga Group and Far East Hospitality, TFE Hotels (Toga Far East Hotels) is a leading hotel operator across Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Combining the strength of two international hospitality businesses, TFE Hotels will continue to pursue growth opportunities, with the potential for greater operational efficiencies worldwide.

A leading accommodation provider, TFE Hotels has a portfolio of over 65 properties across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. TFE Hotels’ brands include: Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotel, Travelodge Hotels and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

These brands represent over 9,000 apartments and hotel rooms which vary in price, location and design to meet a range of different accommodation needs. For more information, visit:

·       Adina Apartment Hotels in 27 locations (Australia and Europe). Other locations coming soon include Adina Apartment Hotel Mascot (2015), Adina Apartment Hotel Royal Randwick Racecourse (2016) and Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Messe (2016).
·       Medina Serviced Apartments in four locations (Australia).
·       Vibe Hotels in seven locations (Australia), soon to be eight with the addition of Vibe Hotel & Conference Centre Marysville (2014) and Vibe Hotel Canberra (2015).
·       Travelodge Hotels in 18 locations (Australia and New Zealand). Soon to be 19 with the opening of Travelodge Mascot (2016).
·       Rendezvous Hotels in 11 locations (Australia & New Zealand). TFE currently manages six Rendezvous Hotels across Australia and provides consultancy services for five hotels in Australia and New Zealand.
·       Hotel Kurrajong Canberra (Australia) Refurbishment to be completed in 2014.