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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.

Washington, D.C., invites all travel professionals to join us August 1-31, 2014, for our annual appreciation month. This is our way of showing our gratitude for all you do to make Washington, D.C., one of the leading global destinations. We are offering exclusive deals for you and your families to come for a DC Cool experience. The program includes reduced hotel rates at thirty-four leading hotels and the DC VIP card, with special discounts for various restaurants, retail outlets, tours and more.

SYTA Youth Foundation partners with the American Experience Foundation to invest in youth with an inaugural one-day field trip to experience some of the city's iconic sites and attractions.

With the help from the SYTA Youth Foundation and other partners, Destination DC hosted its inaugural DC Backyard Bound Program, June 13, 2014. Forty students from Kelly Miller Middle School in the Washington, D.C., metro area were selected as the first recipients of the DC Backyard Bound program and granted a one-day field trip to experience some of D.C.'s iconic sites and attractions.

NTA has appointed Pam Inman, IOM, CAE, CMHS, president of the association. Inman brings decades of experience in travel, tourism, and hospitality to the organization. She will split her time between Lexington, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C., and officially assume her role as president in September.

Similar to the CAN-SPAM law in the United States, Canada's anti-spam law prohibits the sending of any electronic message that encourages participation in a commercial activity without prior consent, regardless of whether there is an expectation of profit. Commercial messages include marketing or promotional e-mails about new programs, events, or publications, for example.

The Department of Homeland Security announced the expansion of the Transportation Security Administration's expedited screening program, TSA Pre✓™, to include eligible customers of Air Canada, the first international carrier to participate.

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