A few weeks ago, Singapore treated the world to an art installation that saw thousands of "wishing spheres" floating in the Singapore River. Written on each beach-ball-size sphere were the New Year's wishes and hopes of local residents and visitors.

We didn't have a sphere in the Singapore River, but we began to think of what we would have written had we had the chance.

That's when it dawned on us that too many of our New Year's wishes are unfulfilled from the wish lists of years past -- things like world peace, more and better U.S. passenger trains, smarter GDS systems, improvements in the air travel experience, more paid vacation time for American workers, more government respect for the travel industry.

These items have been on too many lists for too long.

Our wish for this year and the next decade is that we get to scratch something -- anything -- off this list of perennials.

Be it resolved: The travel industry needs to make room for new wishes.

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