Each year as we start pulling together our annual Megatrends forecast for the coming year we look back at everything that happened in the past twelve months that helped shaped the year we will soon leave behind.

And while we would hope that these stories are always fun — IPOs! New hotel products! Fantastic startup! — the headlines also must include events that had an adverse affect on travel: coups (fake or not), unrest, bankruptcies, and political choices we'll all soon regret.

As always, we want our readers to look beyond the headlines and towards the trendlines, which is why the stories here don't end when the next day's news arrives. They're indicative of bigger stories in the industry or have a ripple effect that touch other companies and sectors, and help point the way towards 2017.

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