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It is that time of year when we make our resolutions, most of which are about being better people.  Award winning luxury tour operator Hands Up Holidays is at hand to help you realise your resolutions to both be better, and do better in 2016. Hands Up Holidays has inspiring luxury travel ideas for families, couples and solo travellers to get 2016 off on the right footing, give back and help those less fortunate.

Tourists visiting Jerusalem in Israel this year are getting a treat for Christmas. The city’s Young Men’s Christian Association is decked out every year with lights and Christmas decorations, but this year, the YMCA has really outdone itself. A huge planted tree with colored lanterns stands out in front of the impressive building, located opposite the historical King David Hotel. Inside the halls of the YMCA a number of Christmas bazars have been opened, with sweets and decorations being sold by smiling people in silly festive hats.

At a recent press conference presided over by Guam Governor Mr. Eddie Baza Calvo, Dusit International CEO Mr Chanin Donavanik and Guam Visitors Bureau General Manager Mr. Jon Nathan Denight, the Dusit Thani Guam Resort officially opened its doors to a new wave of visitors to the island.  The launch of the Guam Convention Centre heralds a new era for tourism in Guam as the hotel works with stakeholders to promote the island as a first-class destination for both business and leisure travellers alike. 

Qatar Duty Free welcomed the festive season with the installation of a spectacular Dolce & Gabbana display featuring a larger-than-life snow globe at Hamad International Airport (HIA). The snow globe, at four metres high, is the centrepiece of a display showcasing Dolce & Gabbana’s luxurious products, and celebrates the launch of their newest fragrance for men, The One Royal Night . It will be on display until 14 January 2016.

The Islands Of The Bahamas was recently named 2015 Leading Wedding Destination at the World Travel Awards in Morocco. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. The World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Qatar Airways has unveiled a fun and football-fueled safety video to engage and entertain passengers as they travel with the airline. A break from industry norms, this fresh and unique take on the traditional safety video aims to engage customers whilst communicating essential information. The unique 4 minute video stars 6 of FC Barcelona’s La Liga players – Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Pique, Rakitic and Mascherano – alongside fans and Qatar Airways crew as they demonstrate important safety information to passengers.

It gets more visitors per square mile than any of Britain's other national parks and no wonder, with its unique combination of ancient woodland, heathland, coast and wildlife – including those famous ponies. But while the New Forest has officially been around for nearly a thousand years, there's always something new and exciting going on and 2016 is no exception.

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Europe's first Hard Rock Hotel developed in collaboration with Palladium Hotel Group, will make its mark on the 2016 summer season with the world's largest outdoor LED curved screen, at 400 m2, thanks to Odyssey Ibiza. Offering an unbeatable location, five-star facilities, top-notch performances from international artists and musically-infused leisure activities, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will now feature a unique display that is sure to be the talk of the town on the White Isle in summer 2016.

It's been a busy few months for eco-luxury family travel specialist Hands Up Holidays, as in rounding off the year it has won three awards: Highly Commended Award for Best Family Educational Holiday – Family Traveller Magazine, Highly Commended Award for Best Family Tour Operator – Junior Magazine, Runner Up Award for Best Volunteering Travel Organiser in Thailand – Thailand Green Excellence Awards.

With six states to explore, the Great Lakes celebrates the festive season like nowhere else. From world class shopping to unique New Year's traditions, below is just a taster of what the Great Lakes has to offer this Christmas time.

This spectacular mountain route takes travellers on a grand tour through picturesque Yukon towns and alpine passes to the Alaska Panhandle. The Golden Circle Route contains some of North America's grandest scenery and wildest places. Within relatively short distances, the route covers a wide range of eco-systems— from boreal forest to coastal rainforest to immense icefields.

NSW has shown it is the adventure playground of Australia with the return of the Bravo Challenge to the Illawarra in September 2016. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the 2016 Bravo Challenge will run over two days and provide participants with a series of physical challenges that will test strength and mental endurance while showcasing the best of Wollongong's natural features.

Just the word “Junkanoo” has a fun sound to it, and it is every bit as much fun as it sounds. It is an extravagant street parade filled with elaborately themed colorful costumes, music and dance that takes place in The Bahamas on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day. The liveliest and largest of the sensational Bahamas Junkanoo party celebrations is in Nassau, but you can also experience the intoxicating carnival atmosphere on Grand Bahama Island, Eleuthera/Harbour Island, Bimini, The Exumas and The Abacos.

Icelanders are happy to spend quite a lot of money on fireworks for this one special night. The reason in simple. Selling fireworks is the main income for all the volunteer rescue teams around the country and Icelanders want to show active support for them. The result is spectacular. Last year 500 tons of fireworks were imported to Iceland for which amounts to about 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) of fireworks for each man, woman and child in Iceland. 

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun so make sure you have the inside scoop on the very best places take family and friends for an unforgettable festive season. Visitors to Kent will be spoiled for choice when it comes to fun-filled days out, super shopping, places to party and stunning winter scenery. And residents will be amazed at just how much there is to see and do on their doorstep this year - from Dickensian markets and sparkling castles, to ice skating and a festive world record attempt!

Feeling Wanderlust? When it comes to sheer choice of places to stay, Booking.com now reports 30 categories of accommodations, including vacation homes, boats, igloos, tree houses, guest houses, farm stays, apartments and more. More than 70% of the total properties available to book on Booking.com are actually from all of the categories beyond the traditional hotel, including apartments and chalets!