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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.

On Friday, March 24, 2017, the American Bus Association (ABA) and the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to clarify that the United States is open for business, and to encourage secure foreign travel into the country.

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.

Recent Blogs

What's on the Horizon? Generation Z Travel Trends

Millennials better make some room in that plane, train or automobile: Generation Z is beginning to enter the travel scene. Consisting of people born in the late 1990s to 2010s, they have grown up in a connected and instantaneous environment. They're adaptive and technologically savvy global citizens with aspirations to change the world.

And they want to see the world, too.

Natural Disasters and Tourism

The recent hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, the earthquake in Mexico, and floods occurring in parts of Europe ought to serve once again to remind us that much of the tourism industry is dependent on Mother Nature. Although we tend to focus tourism security more on human actions such as terrorism or crime, these acts of nature are as or often even more deadly than acts perpetrated by humans.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Brand Activism in Diverse Political Climates

West Michigan was unseasonably warm last month.

I was beginning to think sweating was my new way of life.

The weather certainly seems to be symbolic of where we are as a country right now—chaotic, confused and heated.