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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 response to the uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration's policies regarding entry into the United States, school boards and other organizations across Canada are instituting their own ban on U.S.-bound trips.

What are your clients looking for? Sojern recently released its report, Sojern's Global Travel Insights: Issue 1, 2017, which analyzes travel behavior across the globe that could offer insight to help you drive bookings and build brands this year. Search and booking data, split into short-haul and long-haul flights, through April this year show the following search trends for North America outbound travel.

Both San Francisco Travel and Visit California are reinforcing their welcoming nature in response to actions by the new administration—including a now-suspended second Executive Order on Immigration—that have created negative reactions in key international markets that could impact the tourism industry in the city and state.

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.

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