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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.

The past few weeks have been anything but peaceful around the world. In the United States, the tragic killing of two African-American men provoked street manifestations around the nation. It is still too early to draw legal conclusions, but the old adage—a perception may not be correct but its consequences are true—once again proved itself.

Artwork, music, games and rides! At fairs and festivals, there are always fun things to see and experience, along with plenty of fun things to eat and drink. The risk of foodborne illness increases, however, as people cook and eat outside more often. Usual safety controls that a kitchen provides—such as refrigeration, monitoring of food temperatures, and a staff of workers trained in food safety and cleanliness—may not be available when cooking and dining at fairs and festivals. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of foodborne illness.

Getting sick on the trip of a lifetime could be a major disappointment. While some things can't be avoided, taking care to avoid germs that may carry bacteria or viruses could go a long way as a preventive measure. We take airplanes, taxis and rental cars, and stay in countless hotel rooms, exposing ourselves to an incredible number of germs. Yet there are steps we could take to reduce exposure.

Millennials were born after 1980 and are the undisputed future of our world. These "kids" can get a bad rap—see what I did there? In reality, they are tech-savvy team players who know how to express themselves in various ways. As such, they are a welcome and important addition to any office.

Have you ever heard the saying, "The amount of money you make is directly impacted by the number of people you serve"? That definitely holds true in the travel industry and is the reason group travel continues to be one of the industry's most sought-after segments. But where does one first learn the ins-and-outs of starting a group travel business?

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.