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.
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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?
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?
Alan Palmer has landed the job of group sales director for Snowmass Tourism. He brings 30 years of experience in ski area and hospitality to his position.
“We are thrilled to bring Alan on board as the new group sales director at Snowmass Tourism,” says Rose Abello, tourism director. “Alan’s wealth of experience in the ski and hospitality industries, not to mention his experience with the leisure travel and the tour operator market, make him a wonderful addition to our group sales team.”
Stephane Vogal was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Va.
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel recently hired Sean McNamara as director of sales. His new role will include directing the sales department, putting strategies into action and driving meetings and events business.
McNamara graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in sales and marketing. Prior to getting into the hospitality industry, McNamara wore many hats and held positions in industries like marketing, client services, media production, publishing and financial services.
Mary German was recently hired as the COO for Arlington CVB in Texas.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as COO of Arlington CVB?