• 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!

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city rich in history. It’s here, in 1775, that Patrick Henry famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death.” And while the extensively renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown can’t trace its roots back quite that far, it is housed in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. 

 

Every planner wants to create experiences that make meeting attendees feel they’re on top of the world. If you’re planning a meeting in northwest North Carolina, you can achieve that with a visit to Grandfather Mountain. Soaring 5,946 feet and estimated to be 300 million years old, with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years, the peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is accessible by vehicle and by a paved road.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.