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  • Get Your NYE on in NYC

    12/28/2017 1:02:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Written by Janeen Christoff/Travel Pulse

    The spirit of the holiday season is in the air. New York City is one of the most festive places at Christmastime, with shoppers bustling along city streets, holiday displays lighting up windows and the feeling of winter in the crisp air.

    The fun culminates on New Year’s Eve, however, which is an extra-special time in the Big Apple.

    The city may be famous for its NYE Ball Drop, yet there’s more to see and do in Times Square than just counting down to the last moments of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

    “Every New Year’s Eve, millions of visitors come to New York City to experience the unique vibrancy and excitement of our five-borough destination,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president and CEO. “We invite travelers to explore Times Square during its biggest spotlight moment and to take advantage of the many other events happening throughout the city’s neighborhoods."

    Visitors will want to plan ahead to take advantage of all that’s going on.

    Through December 22, travelers can snap pics next to seven-foot-tall numbers “1” and “8” in Times Square.

    A week later, it’s Good Riddance Day— another celebration that takes place prior to the festivities on NYE. On December 28, from noon until 1 p.m., visitors and locals alike are invited to Broadway Plaza to tear apart their bad memories from 2017 with help from Shred-It.

    After you’ve rid yourself of the bad memories, visit the Wishing Wall on December 29. Write your hopes, dreams, goals and resolutions for 2018 on the confetti, which will be released as the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve.

    On the big day, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest will welcome in 2018 on the small screen. Viewers around the world can tune into the event hosted by Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy, with performances by Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland.

    The Times Square New Year’s Eve Live celebration will then kick off with a performance from the Tongliang Athletics Dragon Dance, part of a partnership between New York City and Chongqing, China. Pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer headlines the musical event, which includes a performance from country-music star Lauren Alaina.

    The celebrations in New York City aren’t limited just to Times Square, either.

    The city’s five boroughs have a roster of events that are sure to keep revelers out into the wee hours of the holiday—and then it’s time to start again for New Year’s Day.

  • Three Helpful Reminders About Domestic Winter Travel and Travel Insurance¬†

    12/16/2017 11:07:01 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The nights are longer and there's a chill in the air; winter is finally upon us. While some may flock to the Caribbean to escape the cold, others are relishing in the season. From the East coast to the West, the United States have a lot to offer when it comes to winter getaways. 

    When taking these trips, whether it's a rustic cabin in the woods or a marvelous ski resort, it's important to remind you that despite traveling domestically, travel insurance is always a good idea. 

    To help you out, we've put together a top 3 list on why it's important to go all in for those winter trips. 

    1. Flight Cancellations & Delays 

    Even if you're headed from one warm destination to another, insurance that covers flight cancellation and delays may come in handy. Winter storms in other cities can affect your flights, often lead to delays and sometimes even cancellations.  

     2. Medical Issues 

    Whether you love to snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile, winter sports run the risk of injury. Even those whose only winter sport is sprinting from the hot tub to the hotel room run can slip and fall (although we sure hope not). Depending on your health insurance plan, you may have a high deductible, or may not even be eligible for care across state lines. 

    Travel insurance is an excellent way to ensure coverage for any medical mishaps that happen while you're in Winter Wonderland.  

    3. Evacuation 

    When we talk about emergency evacuation, we generally think of medevac. While it is a highly valuable benefit, there are other kinds of necessary accommodations travel insurance covers.  For instance, if you have a ski accident, you may need a flight home with special seating. 

    These seating accommodations range from first class seating with more leg room to a medical ambulance with shock absorbent beds to prevent you from further injury during transport.  

    Of course, some of these scenarios aren't exclusive to domestic winter getaways. Trips to the Caribbean can be delayed by snow. A flight to the Alps may be canceled thanks to terrible storms. 

    For more information on winter storm coverage click here or send an email to travel@tyustours.com to receive a copy of our winter storm quick guide. 

     

     

  • Will Africa Soon Be Borderless?

    12/11/2017 10:47:43 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Written by Mia Taylor, Travel Pulse, 12/7/2017

    There are no national borders visible from space, will Africa's political divisions soon resemble such a landscape?

     

    Several African countries have begun laying the foundation for the creation of a borderless continent. Kenya is the third African nation to adopt such a measure, behind Benin and Rwanda.

     

    These developments are part of a grander vision that leaders on the continent have been discussing for quite some time—free movement across all of Africa. There’s even talk of a single African passport.

     

    “The freer we are to travel and live with one another, the more integrated and appreciative of our diversity we will become,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said according to the Associated Press.

     

    In addition to becoming more appreciative of diversity, the hope is that by making travel easier in Africa, trade and economic growth will flourish. Trade among African countries is a mere 16 percent. By comparison, trade among member European Union countries is 70 percent.

     

    The measures taken by Kenya, Benin and Rwanda are being applauded by the African Union, which described them as the right direction for the 54-nation continent.

     

    “I urge all African states that have not yet done so to take similar measures,” AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Twitter after Kenya’s announcement.

     

    Under current visa policies across the continent, North Americans have a much easier time traveling than Africans, who need visas to visit 54 percent of the countries.

     

    While Kenya, Rwanda and Benin have taken the boldest steps, other African countries are going visa-free by region. For example, a few weeks ago the Central African Economic and Monetary Community eliminated visa requirements for citizens in its six member countries of Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea.

     

    Nations throughout Africa rely on tourism for foreign currency. Additionally, it is hoped that Kenya’s new visa policy will be a boon for the country that has scared off some travelers due to the threat of Islamic extremists from neighboring Somalia.

     

    Bobby Kamani, who runs the popular Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa in Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa, described the Kenyan president’s move as a very important one for the tourism industry.

     

    “The president’s bold move couldn’t have come at a better time when the tourism sector has experienced uncertainty and is now in recovery mode,” said Kamani.

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