Would you work on vacation? 72 per cent of eligible Canadians plan
to take a ‘bizcation’ this year

Cambridge ON, Feb.28, 2023 –In a recent Allianz Global Assistance study conducted by Ipsos, one in four Canadians said that their employer allows them the benefit of taking a bizcation – blending remote work while on vacation. The leading travel insurance company’s study also revealed that bizcations are a popular work perk as seventy two per cent of those who have the option plan on taking a bizcation this year.

Bizcations are an emerging trend in the workplace, where employees can work and travel simultaneously without taking time off. It could also include tacking on a few days before or after a business trip.

Flexible work arrangements, like bizcations, are some of the most notable work-related outcomes of the pandemic – and something that many employees prioritize. The mobile workplace has become the norm and innovative working arrangements have become a key factor in attracting talent.

“Bizcations are becoming increasingly popular, as we see the value younger generations place on travel,” stated Dan Keon, Vice President, Marketing & Insights at Allianz. “Our survey found that 82 per cent of those aged 18-34 will exercise their option to take a bizcation, while only 50 per cent of those over the age of 55 plan to do the same. As the workplace continues to evolve, the office can be anywhere and the travel industry must prioritize keeping people connected while vacationing.”

The travel industry has been adapting to this growing need. When it comes to accommodations, we have seen the bizcation trend take shape with more access to Wi-Fi, workspaces, co-working spaces, charging ports, mobile connections and computers.

In the Allianz study, business travellers shared their top bizcation destinations:

  • More travel trends among Canadian millennials:
  • 32 per cent said they plan to travel within Canada, outside of their home province
  • 24 per cent said they plan to travel to Mexico or the Caribbean
  • 15 per cent said they plan to travel in the US29 per cent said they plan to travel to some other international destination

Allianz Global Assistance is reminding all travellers – whether or not you are working on vacation – to protect themselves and their trip with travel insurance. The good news is 89 per cent of Canadians say they will obtain travel insurance before their next travel adventure. For more information, visit travelinsurance.ca or contact your insurance broker or travel agent. 

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The Winter Vacation Confidence Index Survey was conducted online by Ipsos in November 2022, among a sample of n = 2005 Canadians aged 18+. The results are considered accurate to within +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, for the aggregate sample.

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About Allianz Global Assistance (Canada)
For over 30 years, Allianz Global Assistance has supported travelling Canadians and visitors when they need it most with value-added travel insurance and assistance services. We bring our passion for assisting people to life every day through our partnerships with some of the best-known brands in the travel and financial services markets. Allianz Global Assistance is a specialist brand of Allianz Partners and is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. For more information, visit the Allianz Global Assistance Canada website.

Travel insurance is underwritten by CUMIS General Insurance Company, a member of The Co-operators group of companies and administered by Allianz Global Assistance, which is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc.

About Allianz Partners
Allianz Partners is a world leader in B2B2C insurance and assistance, offering global solutions that span international health and life, travel insurance, mobility and assistance. Customer driven, our innovative experts are redefining insurance services by delivering future-ready, high-tech high-touch products and solutions that go beyond traditional insurance. Our products are embedded seamlessly into our partners’ businesses or sold directly to customers, and are available through several commercial brands including Allianz Assistance, Allianz Travel and Allianz Care. Present in over 75 countries, our 19,800 employees speak 70 languages, handle over 64 million cases each year, and are motivated to go the extra mile to offer peace of mind to our customers around the world. For more information, please visit the Allianz Partners website.