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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.

The travel industry has been trying to lure millennials onto cruise ships for awhile now—major lines having invested millions into targeting younger travelers by expanding the variety of packages they offer and revamping their ships.

It may have worked.

With the Travel Ban, the proposed fiscal 2018 budget calling for the elimination of Brand USA, and every laptop ban in between, it feels as though the Trump Administration is giving the travel and tourism industry the cold shoulder.

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and the National Tour Association (NTA) have finalized a strategic partnership that will provide enhanced and dedicated education to members—starting with NTA's newly developed DMO Network.

Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, an exciting transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles, began Thursday, April 13. Over the course of five months, the Tall Ship fleet will visit ports in six countries across the globe—and Boston, Massachusetts, is an official port.

For the first time in 17 years, Tall Ships are returning to Boston Harbor for Sail Boston 2017.

"Among the conventional wisdoms of our contemporary art, there is a notion that it's only being made in New York or L.A.," said Don Bacigalupi, board member, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. "But art is being made everywhere. It always has been." 

Recent Blogs

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.

Giving Back to the Comeback City

"The only thing we ask is you love our city as much as we do," said Aaron Foley, appointed Neighborhood Storyteller for the city of Detroit and author of the book How to Live in Detroit without Being a Jackass.

Baby Boomer Travel Trends

For baby boomers, travel is, well, booming. According to the AARP 2017 Travel Trends Report, 99 percent of boomers plan to take at least one leisure trip this year, with an average of five or more trips. But why do they want to travel, and where do they want to go? The report uncovered several trends.