Are Kitchens the Key to a Happier Vacation?

Survey Shows 90 Percent of Respondents Think So!

WASHINGTON – April 24, 2014 – A recent survey by research group Leger of 1,000 vacationers indicates an impressive 90 percent of respondents who had a kitchen on their last vacation said it improved their vacation experience.

“Having a kitchen may be the hidden secret of a great vacation,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). “Timeshare owners have known this for some time. Whether you prefer to eat together as a family or savor small meals throughout the day, in-unit kitchens take away the frustration of coordinating meal time and preference for everyone in your group.”

Kitchens are a welcome option for families traveling with children, those who enjoy cooking, and anyone that wants to save some money. While dining out is a treat many vacationers look forward to, being able to grab a snack or have a breakfast or lunch at your convenience throughout your stay cuts down on costs and allows more time for other activities. It also allows for separate meal times for kids and adults, so adults can enjoy “grown up” meals and conversation.

Survey respondents shared their tips for making the most of the kitchen on your vacation. They recommend bringing go-to recipes to enjoy as well as finding new recipes. Preparing before vacation reduces stress and lets everyone have a great time.

For more, see the full infographic on why kitchens are the key to a happier vacation. For more tips and to learn why timeshare vacations (with kitchens!) make for better vacations, visit


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit or ARDA’s consumer website at


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