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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.

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.

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.

Recent Blogs

Lessons Learned During 2017

Once again, the travel and tourism industry faces both new and ongoing challenges. Travel and tourism cannot be separated from the world context in which they operate. Be that context political states of war, or one of health issues or of economic undulations, what occurs throughout the world touches every aspect of tourism. It is for this reason that every once in a while, it is good for travel and tourism professionals to take a step back and to review at least some of the basic fundamentals of their industry.

Tour Planner Versus the Internet: Why (and How) the Travel Planner Will Win

We are in the midst of a digital transformation. More and more, travelers use the Internet to find travel inspiration and information. They can easily book flights and hotels—now more than ever, thanks to Google. There are apps to hail transportation, book table reservations and more.

10 Key Travel Moments from 2017

Each new year brings an air of hope. When the Trump administration instated the first travel ban in January, however, it looked like 2017 was off to a turbulent start for the travel industry. This year definitely had its rough patches, yet there were good things, too.

With each setback, the travel industry rallied together and proved that the industry isn't just an industry—but a community determined to change the world through remarkable destinations and extraordinary experiences.