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‘Snapshot of Travel in 2017 and Beyond’ report: Travel Bans and new regulations


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Overtourism, chatbots and the rise of social media influencers were among the main travel trends that emerged within the travel industry in 2017. This is according to a trends report compiled by specialist Cape Town-based travel content and marketing agency, Big Ambitions.

2017 was marked by news of travel bans and new regulations.

The United States has been at the centre of travel ban controversy this year with impromptu bans against certain citizens and laptop equipment in carry-on luggage. According to the Global Business Travel Association, about US$185m was lost in business travel bookings the week President Trump first introduced his controversial travel ban.

The laptop bans to the US and UK and increased airport security in the USA are likely to continue as security concerns fragment the world. We also saw such other regulations affecting South African travellers in 2017, including the Thai ban on vaping and smoking on beaches and measures by destinations to reduce the negative impact of tourism and rising tourist numbers like those imposed in Machu Picchu and Venice.

To view the full trend report, click here or email Danica@bigambitions.co.za for more information.

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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