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The Groups Today Blog includes unique personal perspectives on a multitude of topics relevant to group travel industry leaders, business owners and planners.

Pilgrimages and religious heritage tours. Mission trips and volunteer vacations. Cruises, leisure vacations and retreats. Adventure. Faith-based travel encompasses more than you might think—and is so diverse, anyone could actively engage in the market.

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As Pokémon Go continues to dominate local news headlines, sidewalks and landmarks, perhaps it's no surprise that Pokémon Go is taking over the tourism industry as well. Millennials are willing to change their travel plans to travel across the land, searching far and wide, for pokémon. According to research from Hotels.com, 79 percent of millennials admit that they'll play Pokémon Go on their next vacation and 48 percent would consider visiting a new destination because of the game.

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The past few weeks have been anything but peaceful around the world. In the United States, the tragic killing of two African-American men provoked street manifestations around the nation. It is still too early to draw legal conclusions, but the old adage—a perception may not be correct but its consequences are true—once again proved itself.

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Artwork, music, games and rides! At fairs and festivals, there are always fun things to see and experience, along with plenty of fun things to eat and drink. The risk of foodborne illness increases, however, as people cook and eat outside more often. Usual safety controls that a kitchen provides—such as refrigeration, monitoring of food temperatures, and a staff of workers trained in food safety and cleanliness—may not be available when cooking and dining at fairs and festivals. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of foodborne illness.

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Getting sick on the trip of a lifetime could be a major disappointment. While some things can't be avoided, taking care to avoid germs that may carry bacteria or viruses could go a long way as a preventive measure. We take airplanes, taxis and rental cars, and stay in countless hotel rooms, exposing ourselves to an incredible number of germs. Yet there are steps we could take to reduce exposure.

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