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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.

Are you traveling to Iceland with a group? You're probably flying into Keflavik Airport, located about 30 miles from Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.

If you're traveling abroad with a group and hoping to make dinner reservations at a great local restaurant, you're in luck: OpenTable announced a new feature that makes the app easier to use internationally. The app now allows users to book reservations for the 38,000 restaurants in its global network in one multilanguage app that supports English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an emergency order to ban the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone from all flights in the United States after numerous reports of the devices bursting into flames, including several on planes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are joining with the National Safety Council (NSC) to launch the Road to Zero coalition, aiming to end fatalities on the nation's roads within the next 30 years.

Each generation of group travel professionals has made their mark on our industry. With the next generation rising, who impresses you most? Who are you cheering for?

Recent Blogs

This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

"Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

Get Your Kicks on ... Route 50?

Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.

OMG Experiences (a.k.a. Millennial Travel Trends)

Millennials are one of the largest generations in history (larger, even, than the baby boomers)—and they're entering their prime spending years. Born between 1982 and 1999, millennials were raised on the Internet, fostering a global awareness and an inherent interest in travel. But what are these young travelers looking for? The Millennial Traveler Report conducted by Expedia and Future Foundation discovered a few key generational characteristics.