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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.

Tourism Cares has announced the destinations and dates for its 2017 volunteer series, which will bring tourism professionals to four cities across North America. At each location, volunteers will work with local partners on priority projects in order to meet that city's pressing needs.

If you haven't yet heard of the Pokémon Go craze, all you have to do is crawl out from under your rock and take an evening stroll in your closest populated area. Immediately, you should witness groups of 20-somethings walking around, heads down, staring at their phones. In fact, Pokémon Go already has as many Daily Active Users as Twitter—and the number is still increasing!

Searching for an ideal destination for lodging, a meeting or event? The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area recently underwent a $10 million rennovation and offers a spectacular look and feel in its two distinct hotels: the newly-redesigned, upscale Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Sky View Tower and the new Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, which offers all the perks of a resort for the value-minded traveler.

After months of debate, Congress has come to a compromise on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that will levy advantages to the average air traveler. In addition to extending the agency's programs and policies at current levels through September 2017, the bill requires airlines to seat families with children together without additional costs, accelerate the security screening process, and issue refunds for baggage fees when luggage is lost.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited security-screening program for eligible, low-risk travelers departing from airports in the United States. Over 3 million members no longer have to remove shoes, the 3-1-1 liquid compliant bag, laptops, belts or light outwear when traveling through airport security; 95 percent of PreCheck's members waited in TSA lines for five minutes or less.

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.