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.
Kim Nevins was recently hired as sales manager for The Hotel Landing in Wayzata, Minn.
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Karen Staples was recently hired as the Northeast director of convention sales for Visit Salt Lake in Utah.
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Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is starting their multi-year renovation of the entire property. It will include a complete refurbishment and modernization of its 80 guest rooms. While the rooms are renovated, their offering special rates through April 2017.
“If you haven’t stayed in one of the homes in The Galena Territory, they’re a great base for all the activities we have going on this winter,” says Thomas Ruhs, general manager. “Cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating on the pond are just a few of the things you can do including golf since the weather has been warmer."
Hello readers, The ribbon has been cut and the doors are now open at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago North Shore in Niles. The four-story hotel is the latest property in the Lakhani Hospitality portfolio; the family-owned business also owns and operates several locations in the Chicagoland area, including the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore in Skokie, the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare in Chicago and the Holiday Inn Chicago Oak Brook.
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.
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Carolyn McCammon was recently hired as the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.
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Stephane Vogal was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Va.
Mary German was recently hired as the COO for Arlington CVB in Texas.
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