25 Moments that Mattered in 2015: To make our selection of 25 moments, we thought back to the stories that drove reader engagement and sparked discussion among both travel experts and the general public. Some stories were quick blips that represented bigger things while others were narratives that built slowly through out the year. Each one, though, spoke to where we are right now when it comes to the big business of global travel.
The world watched in horror as the November 13 terrorist attacks on Paris showed the City of Light in a dark place, leaving 130 people dead and forcing the French government to impose a national state of emergency.
As fear rippled across Europe, not only did countries heighten their security levels, but governments examined their current open-border policy under a microscope, an issue that was already being dissected in the face of the worst migration crisis since World War II.
Though reimposing borders has clear advantages for the continent’s security, such a move greatly affect Europe’s economy. Open borders are conducive for trade and tourism; passport checks and border guards are not. Re-imposing borders means longer lines, traffic jams, and fewer travelers and goods moving throughout the different countries.
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Photo credit: Belgian Army soldiers patrol outside EU headquarters in Brussels after a city-wide lockdown was imposed. Virginia Mayo / Associated Press