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The latest group travel industry trends and topics are found in the News section of Groups Today. From travel safety to regulatory updates, we offer the latest news on everything group travel professionals need to be in the know.

Mark your calendars! If your groups are itching to explore the United States' nature, culture and history, you now have further incentive: The National Park Service announced four entrance fee-free days for 2018.

This year, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center and 448 couples made "kiss-story" when they broke the Guinness World Records title for a timeless holiday tradition: most couples kissing under mistletoe in one location.

Beginning in fall 2018, group travelers north of Seattle, Washington, will have an alternative to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when flying to popular Western United States destinations. Propeller Airports' Paine Field in Everett will offer commercial passenger service.

The world has witnessed several acts of terrorism this year, and travelers are not immune to anxiety or fear. We know safety is a top priority for group travel planners and leaders, yet safety and security within a destination does not always have a simple definition. The Economist offers insight with its recently-released Safe Cities Index 2017, which ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

In response to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, the U.S. Department of State recently issued a European Travel Alert for U.S. citizens during the holiday season.

Recent Blogs

Imagine the World as One: 'Come From Away’ is Valuable for All Groups

Come From Away is the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers after the September 11 attacks, and the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, that welcomed them. Cultures clashed. Nerves ran high. Yet uneasiness turned into trust—and gratitude turned into enduring friendships.

Matt Lauer Had to Go. Here's Why.

For as long as I can remember, my mornings started with Matt Lauer on the screen. One morning, when my boys were young, one looked at the screen and thought Matt was my husband. (They have the same haircut. We giggled for days over that one.) For years, Matt was a staple in our home, bringing us news and events.

Your Guide to Snapping the Best Shot in Banff National Park

Whether you're an amateur photographer or just looking for tips on capturing the best of Banff and Lake Louise, there are plenty of subjects to choose from. Here are some tips on our more famous natural attraction: wildlife photography.