• It's Official: America Needs a Vacation

     
    POSTED August 17, 2016
     

A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!

However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year. 

Worse yet, 37 percent haven't been on vacation in more than two years (also down from last year). Fifteen percent of Americans haven't been on a vacation in the last there months. 

“We’ve only seen the slightest increase in Americans taking a vacation this year,” says Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. "Our findings show that Americans continue to be plagued by an alarming vacation deficit." 

Unfortunately, it’s not for lack of desire: Forty-one percent of those surveyed agreed that an annual vacation is important.

At Meetings + Events, we obviously love to travel and know our readers do as well. This year, our staff has traveled to Thailand, the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica, Italy, New York City and a number of other destinations, and we’re sure you too have visited some pretty amazing places. Reach out to us on social media and share where you’ve been this past year. And, if you need any inspiration as to where you should plan your next trip, check out the Places section of our website for some great destinations!

Unique venues in this vibrant college town make for memorable meetings.

 

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Shawna Reid, marketing and visitor center manager for the Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, has lived all over the world. A self-described Air Force “brat” who then became an Air Force spouse was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when she met her husband. They moved to Bay Area Houston for her husband’s job in 2006. One of the things she loves about her adopted hometown is the sheer amount of things to do within 50 miles of her front door.