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A period of time during which one ordinarily would work but does not, normally to engage in some pleasure. One may spend a vacation traveling, relaxing or simply organizing one's personal life. Many companies offer paid vacation time to employees after a certain period of employment. Some jurisdictions require paid vacations.


A day set apart for commemorating an important event.The term is used often in contracts and leases when computing time,as when a certain number of days are allowed for an action, but if the due date falls on a weekend or holiday,it will be the next business day.Leases,in particular,limit delivery of certain services,such as heating and air conditioning,on weekends and holidays. The better practice is for the contract or lease to define the holidays meant by it.In the absence of such a definition, holidays will usually include federal holidays, when federal offices are closed, and may include state holidays when state offices are closed,if different.

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Nikki White, ABTA, head of destinations and sustainability said: 'The message we are sending to holidaymakers is that quad-biking can be a fun and memorable holiday experience as part of an off-road excursion with a reputable company.
Cards handed out by touts are always winners, but to collect their prize, holidaymakers have to attend a lengthy presentation, where they are persuaded to sign a contract for an "exclusive" holiday club, costing an average of pounds 3,000.
In a survey, 62 per cent of holidaymakers had experienced flight delays, 22 per cent had lost or damaged luggage and 15 per cent were in accidents or needed medical treatment.
This is due to increase in low-cost, budget airlines which are now operating from more UK airports to more and more destinations and so offering holidaymakers more choice and the opportunity to tailor their own holiday, cutting out the middle man and saving money.
It is thought the accident happened after the holidaymakers had requested going as close as possible to the island which Onassis bought in 1962.
The transfer or cancellation offer also applies to other holidaymakers taking package trips to the rest of the US and Canada - but only for those due to travel in the next 48 hours.
ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "Eurozone destinations are proving popular with holidaymakers looking to take advantage of the pound's strengthening against the euro, coupled with the fact that many bars and restaurants have lowered their prices.
The study of 2,000 holidaymakers shows that by day four of their seven day break, holidaymakers have spent all of the [pounds]422.
Mark Maddock of the website said holidaymakers should keep their luggage as lean as possible.
A FARMER who spied on holidaymakers through a CCTV camera has failed to overturn his conviction and sentence at the Court of Appeal.
HUNDREDS of Goldtrail holidaymakers stranded abroad are expected back in Britain today.
THOMSON Holidays owner TUI Travel has hailed a "significant recovery" in consumer demand as holidaymakers ignored the slump.