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TOPIC: POTUS Announces Cuba Policy, June 16, 2017

On Friday, June 16, 2017, President Trump announced a change in policy affecting the parameters under which US residents are able to travel to Cuba. The new regulations make it impossible for Americans to travel to Cuba independently under the “self-directed” people-to-people category previously allowed by President Obama’s administration. Instead, travelers must travel with an organization that is authorized to operate so-called “people-to-people” educational trips to Cuba, and reside in only those hotels that are outside of military conglomerate control. Academic Travel Abroad is an experienced provider of people-to-people trips. We are equipped to continue operating our Cuba programs in full compliance with new federal regulations. We do not foresee any interruption, and look forward to operating all trips with our usual impeccable standards, creative approach, and focus on engagement.

Now is the time to travel to Cuba! Cuba remains an exceptionally rich and exciting travel destination, and the door to traveling there is still very much open. Please join us, and take the trip of a lifetime to one of the world’s most intriguing countries.


TOPIC: Immigration & International Education: A view from Academic Travel Abroad, January 30, 2017

We are an organization that believes in the power of international education. We send students and travelers around the world to learn, inquire, and engage because we believe that exposure is the antidote to intolerance, and international experience the precursor to international peace.

We stand with our US university partners, many of whom are navigating uncharted waters as they provide support and assistance to the many international students, staff, and scholars on their campuses.

We stand with our students and travelers, many of whom are the children, friends, or partners of immigrants, or immigrants themselves, and come to us from diverse backgrounds but with a unified goal: to learn while abroad.

We stand with our employees, both in the US and overseas, with a wide array of nationalities, who work every day to make our vision of increasing global understanding a reality.


TOPIC: Nice, France, Bastille Day Attack, July 15, 2016

NiceWe are deeply saddened by yesterday’s Bastille Day attacks in Nice and extend our heartfelt sympathies to our friends and colleagues in France. Last night, President Hollande extended the state of emergency that was put in place after the November, 2015 Paris attack, and announced a boost in France’s military presence across the country. Security will also be increased at the country’s borders.

We place the safety and wellbeing of our travelers above all else. We continue to carefully monitor the situation in France and elsewhere in Europe by relying on multiple sources, including our own risk management service. Should there be a need to alter or cancel a trip, rest assured, in coordination with our partner organizations, we will be in touch with our travelers.  If a trip is cancelled due to high risks, participants will receive a full refund.

 


TOPIC: Brexit, Friday, June 24, 2016

BrexitToday’s news about the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union has our full attention, and we are monitoring the situation very closely. We do not foresee our business to the U.K. being affected in 2016 or 2017. The reason for this is that while Brexit, no doubt, will carry long-term implications on many fronts, the U.K.’s disengagement from the EU will take up to two years. What’s more, the countdown on this two-year period doesn’t begin until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been invoked. Some believe this will happen in November when a new cabinet and Prime Minister are in place.

We are in touch with our suppliers and are looking at possible currency and pricing shifts, but we have confirmation that price quotes already received from British suppliers for 2016 and 2017 programs will not change. As you may know, Academic Travel Abroad has a sophisticated currency protection plan, and as such, has already locked in currency rates for most of our European programs for 2016 and 2017. In fact, there may be opportunities to improve some prices that had not yet been finalized or marketed.

While there is much speculation out on the airwaves, we remain hopeful and positive about the future of travel to Britain. This strong island nation has weathered many a storm, and we have confidence our British friends will pull through this latest one as well, making the appeal of their culture and history all the more compelling in the 21st century narrative.


 

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