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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.

VIA Airlines is expanding its route and adding a new partnership with Branson Airport (BKG). Discount flights from Branson to Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Houston begin May 25 – September 5, 2017, and are on sale now.

Time to lace up those hiking boots and strap on that backpack! Despite a federal government hiring freeze, the National Park Service will still be fully staffed for its busy summer months to ensure a safe and high-quality experience for visitors.

The National Tour Association (NTA) has named Lin Wang as the new director of its China Inbound Program. Wang will continue to grow the program by educating members on how to attract the international business segment, creating domestic familiarization trips and coordinating United States delegations to China.

United States District Judge James Robart issued a ruling that temporarily blocks President Donald Trump's executive order titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." The order, issued January 27, 2017, suspended travel and refugee admission from seven predominately Muslim countries.

The travel industry has not met President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily ban travel and admission of refugees from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with silence. Industry voices are speaking out in support of travel.

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