• It's Official: America Needs a Vacation

     
    POSTED August 17, 2016
     

A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!

However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year. 

Worse yet, 37 percent haven't been on vacation in more than two years (also down from last year). Fifteen percent of Americans haven't been on a vacation in the last there months. 

“We’ve only seen the slightest increase in Americans taking a vacation this year,” says Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. "Our findings show that Americans continue to be plagued by an alarming vacation deficit." 

Unfortunately, it’s not for lack of desire: Forty-one percent of those surveyed agreed that an annual vacation is important.

At Meetings + Events, we obviously love to travel and know our readers do as well. This year, our staff has traveled to Thailand, the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica, Italy, New York City and a number of other destinations, and we’re sure you too have visited some pretty amazing places. Reach out to us on social media and share where you’ve been this past year. And, if you need any inspiration as to where you should plan your next trip, check out the Places section of our website for some great destinations!

In 1927, Hilton Hotels’ founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas, will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

When meeting planners start getting together for fam trips, it’s a sign that things are beginning to get back to normal. That’s what happened in late July when about a dozen planners from across the country—Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Southern California, New York, Chicago and Nashville—gathered in Boise to check out what the city has to offer. The answer, in a nutshell: quite a lot. By the end of the three-day visit, several planners were already committed to hosting events in the Boise area. We’ll have a lot more to say about the city in an upcoming issue.