Salt Lake City (January 19, 2021) — As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on Jan. 26, 2021, Visit Salt Lake advises local vacation planners to book their staycations or help plan for relatives to safely visit by taking advantage of some great travel perks and experience packages before demand picks up.  

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 entire year at the start of the year. While much of the country continues to face rising case numbers and travel restrictions, National Plan for Vacation Day is chance to do what is safe and productive: plan

There is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness, with 97 percent of survey respondents saying that having a trip planned makes them happier. Further, survey data shows that 84 percent of Americans are excited to plan a vacation in the next six months, indicating an impending surge in travel demand once conditions improve.

“Visit Salt Lake is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day to encourage locals to plan ahead for future travel and take some much-needed time off,” said Kaitlin Eskelson, president & CEO of Visit Salt Lake. “By committing to travel and staycation planning on January 26, Utahns can all enjoy the many benefits of taking a break while giving themselves something to look forward to—and Visit Salt Lake has some great deals to help you plan your perfect getaway and robust programs in place to ensure traveler safety.”

A great way to plan your local staycation or host visiting relatives safely,  VSL’s Salt Lake Bound – FREEdom Found promotion offers incredible travel incentives. When booking two or more nights in participating Salt Lake lodging properties, regional and national travelers can select between $100 in Sinclair gas cards or a $200 Delta Air Lines’ eGift Card. For those preferring in-market incentives, “Salt Lake Bound = FREEdom Found” offers the two (2) 2-day Connect Passes, VSL’s all-inclusive pass that allows visitors to experience 13 of the area’s top attractions.

Also of note, in an effort to establish traveler confidence by making Salt Lake one of the safest places to visit, VSL, in partnership with a CARES Act Grant secured through Salt Lake County, entered into an agreement with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) and its GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program to assist two dozen Salt Lake businesses achieve this critical accreditation. The GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program is a performance-based program that establishes infectious disease prevention work practices to control risks associated with diseases like COVID-19 and is considered the number one safety and sanitization program by meeting planners globally. Finally, Delta CareStandard protocols are in place on all Delta Air Line flights in and out of the new $4 billion Salt Lake City International Airport, which should further assuage any travel concerns visitors may harbor.

Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. In partnership with Salt Lake County, Visit Salt Lake improves the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors with a strong commitment to sustainability and stewardship of the area’s natural environment. Through its sales and marketing programs, Visit Salt Lake’s impact on Salt Lake’s annual $4.5 billion visitor economy equates to $1,166 in tax relief for each household within Salt Lake County. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, go to