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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 Secretariat of Tourism of the United Mexican States (SECTUR) and the Government of California of the United States of America have signed a memorandum of understanding, aimed at developing and strengthening cooperation in the tourism sector between Mexico and California.

Why bother contacting your elected officials? You're busy, right? Do they really listen, anyway?

The answer to both questions is "yes"—so even though you're busy, take the time to let your representatives know your thoughts about the issues. In truth, only a small percentage of the population bothers to contact them, so elected officials tend to listen to the people who take the time to reach out.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will visit five cities on the Atlantic Coast next summer—the choir's first visit to most of the region in more than a decade. The June 25 performance will be at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. The choir has visited Maryland only one time before, more than one hundred years ago. A special afternoon matinee performance has been added exclusively for groups.

NTA Members Await Opening Bell for Appointment Scheduling

When NTA's Travel Exchange appointment scheduling system opens September 30, buyers and sellers will start making connections that will generate big-time business for them. One-on-one appointments are a key component of the convention in New Orleans, Jan. 18–22, 2015. At Travel Exchange '14, participants generated more than $150 million in total business.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray married Zachary Baker and Samuel Busch, of St. Paul, Minnesota, in early September. The couple was the first chosen in Visit Seattle's Marry Me in Seattle program to receive a hosted wedding trip to the Emerald City.

Recent Blogs

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.