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A new year is a chance for a fresh start, yet we can't deny the past affects the future. In 2016, the travel industry experienced challenges and triumphs, leading to hope and uncertainty that will continue throughout 2017 and the years to come. Here a few pivotal moments from 2016, and how they could still affect the travel industry in the new year.
"Yes! Yes I do! I like Christmas! I love Christmas!" says Reginald Owen during his portrayal of Ebeneezer Scrooge in Edwin L. Marin's 1938 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Dickens' story isn't the only tradition the United States inherited from England for the holidays. In fact, many American Christmas traditions originate from across the pond. Here are some fun facts, a bit of history and some tips to "British up" your holidays.
It's Winter in North America. Maybe your groups live life basking in the warmth of the sun and clear blue skies year-round, but are looking to be enamored by snow. Maybe your groups live in a snowy North American tundra, but want to get away from the shovels and slush in favor of fresh powder. If your groups love the snow, don't get away from winter ... Consider a wintry getaway.
Americans enjoy some of the most open travel restrictions in the world. With 170 countries offering us visa-free or instant visas on arrival, we rank fourth. Participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and bilateral agreements with other countries are the backbone of that leniency. But what will a Trump presidency mean for that freedom of movement?