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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.

Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay, its much-anticipated water park, will open June 1, 2017, and instantly transport groups to a lush, tropical oasis while offering exhilarating experiences with hassle-free convenience.

A new airfare trend has emerged since the Brexit vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. The price of tickets for travel to the UK and Europe have dropped markedly, which periodically results in surges of airline bookings.

In preparation for what is expected to be a record-high season for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, airlines continue to announce new flights.

The first commercial flights from the United States to Cuba in more than 50 years are officially scheduled. After the government eased travel regulations earlier this year, allowing United States citizens to travel independently to Cuba for educational, cultural and other authorized purposes, visitors still needed to travel on chartered planes. The government has recently given approval for flights to Havana to begin on eight United States airlines.

If you've paid any attention to headlines in the past few months, you've probably heard of the Zika virus. Outbreaks are occurring in many countries and territories, and the virus will continue to spread. Although it will be difficult to determine how and where it will spread over time, the Zika virus is easily prevented by taking certain measures.

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.