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.
As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.
Kim Nevins was recently hired as sales manager for The Hotel Landing in Wayzata, Minn.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales manager for The Hotel Landing?
Karen Staples was recently hired as the Northeast director of convention sales for Visit Salt Lake in Utah.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as Northeast director of convention sales for Visit Salt Lake?
Meg Milligan was recently hired as the executive director of marketing for Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colo.
Richard Blankenship was recently hired as the executive chef for Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas.
1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as executive chef at Omni Frisco Hotel?
In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Airc Canada to offer a new package, Apres in the Air. The package is a collection of experiences that you can only get at three of the Fairmont’s most popular Canadian properties.
The package includes a round trip for 58 people by private charter, stays at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and Fairmont Tremblant. Each Fairmont offers a range of activities including dog sledding, skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, horse-drawn carriages and more.
Provenance Hotels is opening a new hotel, Dossier, in downtown Portland. The 205-room hotel is slated to open in the summer of 2017 and will be located at SW Park Ave. and SW Alder St. The property will have an intimate feel and provide a place of refuge for busy travelers.
Provenance Hotels aims to elevate the guest experience with this new hotel. Comfort and warmth will be a part of every detail of the design throughout the hotel. Guests can expect extraordinary customer service.
Carolyn McCammon was recently hired as the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt at the Bellevue?
Stephane Vogal was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Va.