Results of the IMEX America Index of Optimism: Stranded on a desert island, we want our iPhones

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According to the latest IMEX America Index of Optimism (results of a survey of 312 meetings and hospitality professionals), if stranded on a desert island with really good connectivity, 39 percent of us want our iPhones, and just a few percentage points behind are the 37 percent who want their iPads. Only 2 percent each would go for an iPod or Blackberry.

And what tunes would we listen to on said device, before we had to recharge our iGadgets on an electric eel? The top five songs were “Call me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson; “Moves like Jagger”  by Maroon 5;  “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele; Train’s “Drive By”; and “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Goyte. While the songs were contemporary, the band favorites tended to run more old school: The Beatles, U2, the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, and The Rolling Stones. And the most optimistic tune of all time? Louis Armstrong’s “What a wonderful world,” followed by “Beautiful Day” by U2; “Don't Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin; John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace”; Journey’s “Don't Stop Believing,” and “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. What, no "Three Little BIrds" by Bob Marley? Seriously flawed survey to have missed that one!

And for those who'd rather not vacation stranded on that island, well, they still like the warm and sandy, with Florida coming in first, followed byHawaii and San Diego. More beachy hot spots included Anguilla, Aruba, and Bahamas, as well as Mexican resorts of Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.Of course, Italy and France also were popular choices, while the more adventurous wanted to go to places like Namibia, Botswana, and Tanzania.

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