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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.

Breeze through security with laptop in case, 3-1-1 compliant liquids in bag, and shoes, jacket and belt still intact: The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) PreCheck program allows for a better travel experience. Enrolling in it, however, can be a bit tedious.

The National Parks, a key part of the United States' cultural and historical foundation, play a vital role in the tourism industry. After celebrating 100 years in 2016, the National Parks are set to meet the challenges of its second century of stewardship, thanks to the National Park Service Centennial Act.

Changes in government regulations this year opened up travel opportunities for United States citizens. Despite the first arrival of a United States airline in Havana, Cuba, on November 28, however, travel to the island nation from the U.S. is caught in the turbulence of an uncertain future. Along with concerns about the country's inability to accommodate the influx of tourists, both Cuba and the U.S. face unpredictability in government changes.

As the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee begin the recovery process following the November 28 wildfires, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevier County (Tennessee) tourism officials have united to reinforce a strong message delivered by Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner.

Wouldn't it be great to better anticipate security line delays, so you could enjoy a more efficient, less stressful airport travel experience? The comprehensive global airport information mobile app flightSpeak has a new feature, CheckPoint, which provides estimated wait and screening times for security checkpoints at the top 100 busiest airports worldwide.

Recent Blogs

Tale of a New Tourism Town

Could any small town in the world fathom receiving 1 million visitors in 40 days? It is not a dream, but a reality for Danzhai Wanda Town in China.

The Brain, Heart and Courage of ‘Wicked’

Since its premier in 2003, Wicked has garnered worldwide attention and accolades for its storyline, music, set and costume design.

"It's a great show. The music is fun. It's got a lot of spectacle. So many of us grew up watching The Wizard of Oz, and Wicked is very clever. People enjoy watching a take on a story they thought they knew so well," said Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of Wicked.

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.