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.
The Anaheim Marriott, which recently made a major investment in renewable energy, just activated a solar system in three portions of its hotel roof that currently fuels about one-third of the property’s 1,030 guest rooms.
The installation at Anaheim Marriott was implemented in partnership with SoCore Energy. The new system features 1,805 solar modules and is projected to produce 880,000 kilowatt hours of power per year. By having this new energy source, it reduces the hotel’s energy consumption equal to the elimination of a year’s greenhouse gas emissions from 131 vehicles.
Marriott and Disney resorts were in 16 of the top 25 spots in RedWeek.com’s report on the most popular timeshare rental resorts. Marriott-branded resorts won five of the top 10 spots and 11 of the top 25. Disney’s five listed resorts includes the new, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort.
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Noni Hughes was recently hired as the general manager for Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland in Portland, Ore.
1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as general manager of Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland?