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When it comes to political factors affecting the hospitality and tourism industry the most prominent political aspects have to be the danger and effect of tourism, international relations, political unrest and visa requirements in popular tourist destinations. An example of a terrorist attack is the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks on Taj Hotel and Oberoi Trident in November 2008 where multiple customers were held hostage and some of them were shot dead and others were injured. This can affect a hotel greatly as potential customers may be deterred if they are concerned that another terrorist attack can occur. This can result in cancellation of bookings, reduction in bookings made, in turn reduction in revenue. This can apply to any hotel including Shangri-La’s.

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