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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.

INSIGHT WANTED: Groups Today seeks your input for our upcoming Travel Trends report. What trends are you seeing in the group travel industry? Where are you headed—and how are you getting there? What's making an impression on your clients and your business? Tell us what's on the group travel horizon, and how it's motivating you!

The American Bus Association recently published an article on autonomous buses in ABA Insider. "Recently we all watched as Daimler Buses put its autonomous city bus into a real-time traffic loop—driving a 12-plus mile route in Amsterdam," Melanie Hinton writes.

As exciting as traveling is, sometimes the only way to get to a destination is on a 10-hour, 14-hour, 16-hour flight. With no escape, planes can sometimes feel nothing short of captivity. The bad news? There's usually a return trip, too. Here are five tips for surviving long-haul flights.

Pilgrimages and religious heritage tours. Mission trips and volunteer vacations. Cruises, leisure vacations and retreats. Adventure. Faith-based travel encompasses more than you might think—and is so diverse, anyone could actively engage in the market.

As Pokémon Go continues to dominate local news headlines, sidewalks and landmarks, perhaps it's no surprise that Pokémon Go is taking over the tourism industry as well. Millennials are willing to change their travel plans to travel across the land, searching far and wide, for pokémon. According to research from Hotels.com, 79 percent of millennials admit that they'll play Pokémon Go on their next vacation and 48 percent would consider visiting a new destination because of the game.

Recent Blogs

13 Things That Can Go Wrong on Group Tours

Anything that can go wrong on a group tour hopefully won't, but probably will ... at least once during your career.

Wine Tasting Code Words

My wife is one of the most polite people you could ever meet. Whether this is due to her upbringing, an aspect of her demeanor, or just her go-to behavior, she is polite to a fault. This materializes itself in often unexpected places: She lets the neighborhood kids have first go at the biggest, ripest blackberries that grow on our fence; she feels compelled to listen to the full pitch when eating the food samples at our local price club; she turns shades of blush if anyone in our party offers criticism of a winery's offerings in front of the person pouring. After all, if you don't have something nice to say ...

Generation X: Travel Trends

Once upon a time, Generation X was considered a cohort of apathetic, grungy loners blasting angry music, Today, they're working professionals and mature adults raising families. Sandwiched between the baby boomers and millennials, Gen X is sometimes considered the "Lost Generation," but they're about 68 million strong and account for 25 percent of the population—and 31 percent of total income, according to OpenForum. Gen X is at a point where they have money to spend on travel. Here are a few trends shaping their plans.