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Tourism Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 21, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | November 21, 2015

Tourism Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 21, 2015

To quote European travel guru Rick Steves, “it remains my firmly held belief that the best way for Americans to fight terrorism is to keep on traveling.” That said, Paris is magical during the holiday season, as the whole city is bedecked in beautiful decorations, Christmas markets provide good cheer and if it gets too cold outdoors, take a City Wonders tour to enjoy indoor attractions without lines.

Top ski resorts out West have opened early due to some surprise heavy snowfall — and schussing on the slopes is a great way to enjoy Thanksgiving break. We reveal the best places and deals in Colorado, Utah, California and Nevada for Turkey Day skiing.

New York City has abundant holiday riches. The Thanksgiving Day Parade, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Rockefeller Center Christmas tree are iconic, but only scratch the surface. We provide the inside track on some hidden NYC holiday gems.

The Dominican Republic — the Caribbean’s number one destination — continues to show increased arrival numbers, causing tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia, to declare that Dominican tourism is at “the greatest moment in (its) history.” Click to find out the stats, and status of some major tourist attractions.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero are right around the corner, and so far, Americans seem to be super-jazzed about it, as they currently lead all nations in ticket sales with 88,100 at last count. The Brazilian government is also making it easier for U.S. fans to visit, with a visa waiver measure just awaiting the president’s signature in order to become official.


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