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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.

In December 2013, United Airlines joined the ranks of major U.S. carriers that make destination-based travel more challenging—perhaps even impossible—for some student and youth travelers. United's policy change requires unaccompanied children ages five to eleven, and youth ages twelve to seventeen whose guardians choose to use the Unaccompanied Minor service, to take direct flights only, with a $150 fee.

“It is a ‘boom time’ for China’s outbound market” was the message at the World Travel Market (WTM) Vision Conference – Shanghai, on May 8. Research from Euromonitor International shows outbound expenditure has reached a record level of US$120 billion, and predictions for the coming five years reveal bumper growth rates.

Just four months old, Faith Travel Association (FTA) is flourishing, and expanding its staff to accommodate the needs of its growing membership. The organization has named Justina Elsidodi as administrative assistant, Julie Hoover-Ernst as director of marketing and communications, and Theresa Krieg as FTA ambassador.

The American Bus Association’s 2014 Marketplace in Nashville, Tennessee, set new records in business generated for its participants, according to a study conducted by John Dunham and Associates. More than thirty-five hundred participated in the event, which generated $129.8 million dollars’ worth of booked and future business. This represents a nineteen percent increase from last year’s Marketplace, with increases noted in all categories of business. The average amount of booked business per company this year was $88,890.

Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) tour operators reported New Orleans, Memphis, Cleveland, Branson, and Cincinnati as the Top 5 Emerging Student Travel Destinations. Here’s a bit about why your student and youth travelers should visit.

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