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Annual Survey Reveales American to Top $100 Billion in Vacation Spending

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.

Meet Kim Nevins

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

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?

Meet Karen Staples

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

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?

Meet Meg Milligan

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

 Meg Milligan was recently hired as the executive director of marketing for Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colo.

Pechanga Resort & Casino Complete Executive Suite Remodel

Pechanga Resort & Casino has completed their renovations of 65 of their suites. The AAA Four Diamond resort reinvented 63 of their one-bedroom and executive suites in the Temecula, Calif.-based hotel.

“We reconfigured the suite floor plan to create a more dynamic, interesting and comfortable use of the square footage,” says Ann Fleming, lead designer, Cleo Designs who leaded the redesign. “We needed to make technology capabilities within the suites totally effortless for guests. It now feels completely built-in, like they were there all along.”

Meet Richard Blankenship

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

 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?

Meet Carolyn McCammon

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

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?

Irvine Marriott Introduces Multimillion M Club Redesign

The Irvine Marriott has opened its new M Club Lounge, a semi-private space for Premier and Gold Club Members that offers guests complimentary food and beverages, free Wi-Fi and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Announce 47.3 Million Visitors

According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr., Los Angeles had a record 47.3 million visitors in 2016.

This is the sixth consecutive year they have broken visitation records. The new record is 1.7 million visitors higher than 2015’s total—an increase of 3.8 percent from the previous year.

Meet Stephane Vogel

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Stephane Vogal was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Va.

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