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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Doug Bennett was recently hired as the senior vice president, content development for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
During this past week, cities across the U.S. united to observe National Travel & Tourism Week, a yearly tradition established by a Congressional resolution in 1983. The event honors the important contributions the travel industry makes to the economy.