Big sporting events like Wimbledon are a draw for travel and tourism enthusiasts.  This year, Wimbledon’s fortnight of tennis matches attracted thousands of attendees and viewers from all over the world.

Current events had an effect on Wimbledon in 2016, just as they affect travel all over the world. The two big specters over the games were terrorist attacks and Brexit – both things travelers should know about before taking a courtside seat.

Terrorism

The past twelve months have been difficult for Europe. Bombings in Brussels in March and the attack in Paris in November have created some international unease about European countries in general. Early June, the United States Department of State issued a warning to United States citizens considering travel to Europe, especially to big sporting events.

Wimbledon attendance hit a nine-year low this year more due to the inclement weather than terrorism. Spokespersons said ticket sales were at capacity, even if the benches in the stadium weren’t. Attendance exceeded a 39,000 capacity figure Monday through Thursday.

It’s likely terrorism in Europe and around the world weigh heavily on the minds of travelers. It’s wise to make informed decisions and follow U.S. Department of State warnings – strongly advising you to consider not traveling to a country at all. Students in particular, are a vulnerable population.  They should make sure they know what the Department of State advises prior to signing up for travel.  Don’t sign a waiver without legal review or you could be signing your life away.

Brexit

On June 23, 2016 the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, a decision much of the country and the world regarded as an upset. The immediate effect on the world economy. The British pound tanked after the results of the election came in. The Brit pound has stabilized somewhat since. MarketWatch estimates the drastic difference Brexit made in Serena Williams’ prize money. Before Brexit, the £2 million prize would have been worth about $2.97 million United States dollars. After Brexit, value dropped to about $2.6 million, a $382,200 difference.

Men’s winner Andy Murray, a Scottish citizen of the United Kingdom, didn’t have to worry about the inflation – as long as the payout stays in his homeland. Murray is the first British person to win Wimbledon in 77 years.  An acknowledgement of exiting Prime Minister David Cameron elicited boos from the audience. This article from the New Yorker examined what Andy Murray’s win meant to Great Britain who may still be trying to comprehend what it means to be British and European.

Before clicking on purchase for your airline tickets, it’s advisable to read current events as well as Department of State warnings to determine how if there are impending consequences or concerns. Visit Depart Smart to download a free travel safety checklist.
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