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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.

All signs are pointing to an epic whitewater rafting adventure this year. According to Western River Expeditions, the prospects are excellent for a robust whitewater runoff season for major rafting rivers in the West.

Looking for a good reason to wave some banners and pump your fist in the air? Last year, 450 organizations across the United States saluted travel and tourism during National Travel and Tourism Week. This year, you could join their ranks on Travel Rally Day.

VIA Airlines is expanding its route and adding a new partnership with Branson Airport (BKG). Discount flights from Branson to Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Houston begin May 25 – September 5, 2017, and are on sale now.

Time to lace up those hiking boots and strap on that backpack! Despite a federal government hiring freeze, the National Park Service will still be fully staffed for its busy summer months to ensure a safe and high-quality experience for visitors.

The National Tour Association (NTA) has named Lin Wang as the new director of its China Inbound Program. Wang will continue to grow the program by educating members on how to attract the international business segment, creating domestic familiarization trips and coordinating United States delegations to China.

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.