Asheboro, NC – As part of National Plan for Vacation on January 28, the Heart of NC Visitors Bureau is highlighting the importance of taking time off to travel - both for personal health and wellbeing and for the overall economic prosperity of our nation’s travel industry.

More than half of American workers (55%) failed to use all their time off last year. That’s a stockpile of 768 million unused vacation days just in 2018, of which 236 million were forfeited completely.

What’s the key to using more vacation time? Planning. But nearly half of American households (46%) don’t do this simple step—and they lose out on their time off and the benefits it brings.

“The beginning of the year is the time to pull out the calendar and start planning for the entire year. Before you know it, life happens, and you may find yourself in November with weeks left to use and simply not enough time left in the year to schedule them,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the organization rallying the industry around this nationwide event. “National Plan for Vacation Day is the perfect reminder for Americans to plan to use those well-earned days off to explore this great nation. From the beaches of Puerto Rico to the Montana mountain tops, America truly has something for every travel style and budget.”

Using vacation days to travel could also improve the U.S. economy, create American jobs and have a positive impact on our health and overall well-being. In fact, if Americans used all their time off to travel, our economy could see a boost of $151.5 billion in travel spending and an additional two million U.S. jobs.

“Visit the Heart of North Carolina is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day to encourage Americans to take their well-deserved time off,” said Tammy O’Kelley, CEO, Randolph County Tourism Development Authority. “What better way to take a day than to travel? By committing to planning on January 28, Americans can all enjoy the many benefits of taking a break while giving themselves something to look forward to—and the Heart of North Carolina has some great ideas to help you plan your perfect getaway.”

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, the U.S. Travel Association has created a Vacation Planning Tool. By simply entering the number of days off they earn, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar and share with their friends, family, and co-workers.

National Plan for Vacation Day takes place during the last Tuesday in January as a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. For more information on all the things to see and do in Randolph County, go to or call (800) 626-2672 to speak with a Visitor Services & Travel Information Specialist.

The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Randolph County Tourism Development Authority representing Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Staley, and Trinity, and is funded by reinvesting the visitor-paid occupancy tax collections into destination marketing and communications efforts that bring the highest return on investment for Randolph County. The HNCVB is located at 500 Albemarle Road, Asheboro, North Carolina.