• 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!

There was plenty going on for Global Meetings Industry Day on April 4 (the fourth annual Meetings Mean Business Coalition event), but NYC & Company caught everyone's attention by turning some of the city's most iconic buildings blue. Using MMBC’s signature color, the goal was to raise awareness of the impact that face-to-face meetings have on the global economy and NYC.

The following buildings stayed blue from sundown to 2 a.m.:

 

Location: Recognized as “the gateway to New Jersey,” Elizabeth is an ideal destination for meetings and events on a budget while boasting a New York City feel. Located 30 minutes outside New York City and 10 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, Elizabeth is easily accessible by plane, train, boat or major highway. With just over 132,000 residents, Elizabeth is the fourth largest city in the state of New Jersey after Newark, Jersey City and Patterson.