2017, was the year that a multi-billion dollar entrepreneur who claims his hair is real and promises to build physical barriers between people, became President of one of the world’s most influential countries.

It was the year, that same man made travel history by turning his back on a long negotiated travel agreement with Cuba, attempting (on several occasions) to prevent people of select nationalities from visiting his country, banning electronic devices on planes, stepping in as an unofficial Guam tourism minister and deepening discontent between Israelis and Palestinians on a single day.

It was also the year that the number of people displaced due to conflict reached new records and we here in the Australian travel industry, mourned the loss of one of our own.

Although there was much to grieve over in the last 12 months, there was also a number of wins including the ongoing kindness of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australia’s move to embrace marriage equality, and the travel industry’s strong stance against animal cruelty, pollution and orphanage tourism.

It was also the year Australia set out to break aviation records with the arrival of an aircraft capable of connecting Perth direct to Europe.

I could keep going or I could just tell you which 10 stories will go down in travel history as the ones KarryOn readers most read in 2017:

 

It was the year Student Flights got unlimited leave…

Missed the big news? Click here to read about it.

 

2. The year Qantas & Flight Centre stood up for marriage equality

Click here to read about Alan Joyce’s $1m donation.

 

3. And the year the Outgoing Passenger Card was phased out

Click here to see Agents celebrating the ‘outgoing’ of the Outgoing Passenger Card.

 

4. It was the ground-breaking year orphanage tourism was outlawed

Click here to catch up on this incredible move.

 

5. Uniworld cruised into the millennial market with U by Uniworld

Click here to read about the new-style of river cruising.

 

6. And Qantas received an aircraft capable of connecting Aussies direct to London

Click here to read about how select seats on the first flight sold out in minutes.

 

7. It was the year the NTIAs rocked with Ricki Lee

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Missed the pics? Click here to check them out.

 

8. And the year Flight Centre bought a home-based agency

Click here to read about the purchase.

 

9. As did Helloworld Travel

Click here to read about the purchase.

 

10. And, finally, it was the year everyone drooled over Samoa Tourism’s hot campaign model

Click here to read more about the campaign.

What made history for you in 2017?