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Groups Today Destination articles bring travel planners new insights into well-traveled destinations and quick tips for those hidden treasures.

Francis Scott Key, a Frederick County, Maryland, native, penned the words that would eventually be adopted as the national anthem of the United States. The thirty-five-year-old lawyer and amateur poet was inspired by the iconic flag flying over Baltimore's Fort McHenry in the dawn's early light, following the British bombardment on September 13 and 14, 1814. The poem was set to music and, later, renamed. It became the national anthem in 1931.

In the world's third-largest theater district, there are possibilities for music lovers of every genre. No matter the client, odds are good there is a performance in Toronto that will please. Groups Today takes a look at some favorite venues.

Québec City, Québec, is consistently named one of the Top North America Destinations by the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA). The city has everything you could possibly desire for a student  or other group trip: Museums, a historic district with UNESCO World Heritage Site status, military fortifications, and a traditional Huron aboriginal village provide numerous learning opportunities. In 2013, Condé Nast magazine listed Québec City as the best travel destination in Canada, third in North America, and tenth in the world.

Traverse City, Michigan, is gaining attention as a top travel destination. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine recently ranked Traverse City as one of America's Favorite Towns, and Trip Advisor has named it one of its Top Midwest Travel Spots.

The Deep Creek Lake area in western Maryland welcomes the International Canoe Federation (ICF) canoe slalom world championships this fall, from September 17 to 21. Olympic-level athletes will compete for the title. The event will be held at the Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland, three hours from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and just two hours from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The unique venue is home to the only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course. With the turn of a dial, the course can ramp up from Class I to Class IV rapids, which makes it accessible to professional athletes and beginners, alike.

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What's on the Horizon? Generation Z Travel Trends

Millennials better make some room in that plane, train or automobile: Generation Z is beginning to enter the travel scene. Consisting of people born in the late 1990s to 2010s, they have grown up in a connected and instantaneous environment. They're adaptive and technologically savvy global citizens with aspirations to change the world.

And they want to see the world, too.

Natural Disasters and Tourism

The recent hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, the earthquake in Mexico, and floods occurring in parts of Europe ought to serve once again to remind us that much of the tourism industry is dependent on Mother Nature. Although we tend to focus tourism security more on human actions such as terrorism or crime, these acts of nature are as or often even more deadly than acts perpetrated by humans.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Brand Activism in Diverse Political Climates

West Michigan was unseasonably warm last month.

I was beginning to think sweating was my new way of life.

The weather certainly seems to be symbolic of where we are as a country right now—chaotic, confused and heated.