Allianz Global Assistance released their Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index on July 5, revealing that Americans are estimated to spend more than $100 billion of spending on summer vacations this summer. Allianz defined a vacation as a "leisure trip of at least a week to a place that is 100 miles or more from home." The Vacation Confidence Index measures Americans' confidence in their ability to take a summer vacation, showing that the projected summer spending for this year is $101.1 billion, compared to 2016's $89.9 billion, a 12.5 percent increase from 2016.
Excitingly, the research shows the idea of a center with 125,000 square feet of space, including an exhibit hall, banquet hall and meeting rooms, is highly supported. The study also found that those in favor believed the facility would have a positive effect on the economic development of the county.
The JDRF Northwest Chapter has been partnering with Sheraton Seattle Hotel for more than 20 years to produce the annual Gingerbread Village fundraiser event. Architects and pastry chefs work side by side in confection construction to raise funds for type 1 diabetes research. By the end of the elaborate display’s six-week run in the lobby of Sheraton Seattle, the event will have raised upward of $50,000 for the local JDRF.