This Skift article lists 25 stories that affected the hospitality industry during 2017, including politics – travel bans in the US and laptop bans; Brexit; China rerouting cruises away from South Korea; a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar; US travel relations with Cuba; and an historic vote in Catalonia to seek a split from Spain.

It also references climate change and hurricanes; game-changing wearable tech; protests against overtourism; Airbnb moving into the luxury market; developments in the larger OTAs; overbooking and passengers being forced off flights; blockchain changing the distribution landscape; US theme park rivalry; the EU fine of $2.7 billion, or €2.42 billion, for Google abusing its market dominance in price comparison shopping and travel searches; Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group tightening their late cancellation policies; United Airlines introducing its Basic Economy fare and charging for cabin bags; the Las Vegas mass shooting, raising hospitality security concerns; the $50 billion Airbus order for 430 A320 aircraft to be split between four ultra-low-cost carriers on three continents; Expedia’s share price drop triggering debate; booking.com’s decision to increase its TV advertising; and Google rolling out a new look for its flights search and hotel search tools.

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