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The Groups Today Blog includes unique personal perspectives on a multitude of topics relevant to group travel industry leaders, business owners and planners.

A new year is a chance for a fresh start, yet we can't deny the past affects the future. In 2016, the travel industry experienced challenges and triumphs, leading to hope and uncertainty that will continue throughout 2017 and the years to come. Here a few pivotal moments from 2016, and how they could still affect the travel industry in the new year.

"Yes! Yes I do! I like Christmas! I love Christmas!" says Reginald Owen during his portrayal of Ebeneezer Scrooge in Edwin L. Marin's 1938 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Dickens' story isn't the only tradition the United States inherited from England for the holidays. In fact, many American Christmas traditions originate from across the pond. Here are some fun facts, a bit of history and some tips to "British up" your holidays.

It's Winter in North America. Maybe your groups live life basking in the warmth of the sun and clear blue skies year-round, but are looking to be enamored by snow. Maybe your groups live in a snowy North American tundra, but want to get away from the shovels and slush in favor of fresh powder. If your groups love the snow, don't get away from winter ... Consider a wintry getaway.

Photos are a great way to market your business by showing your clients the wonderful trips they could experience—and while you might not be in the habit of carrying a camera around with you at all times, you're likely carrying a smartphone with you at all times. With smartphone cameras, you have the potential to market your business at anytime, from anywhere. Here are some tips on becoming a smartphone photographer.

Americans enjoy some of the most open travel restrictions in the world. With 170 countries offering us visa-free or instant visas on arrival, we rank fourth. Participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and bilateral agreements with other countries are the backbone of that leniency. But what will a Trump presidency mean for that freedom of movement?

Recent Blogs

This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

"Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

Get Your Kicks on ... Route 50?

Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.

OMG Experiences (a.k.a. Millennial Travel Trends)

Millennials are one of the largest generations in history (larger, even, than the baby boomers)—and they're entering their prime spending years. Born between 1982 and 1999, millennials were raised on the Internet, fostering a global awareness and an inherent interest in travel. But what are these young travelers looking for? The Millennial Traveler Report conducted by Expedia and Future Foundation discovered a few key generational characteristics.