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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.

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)—known as the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public—recently welcomed the addition of Jessica Klement as Vice President, Advocacy.

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a "variant of concern" and has named it Omicron. First reported to the WHO by South Africa, the Omicron variant has left many wondering what's next for travel and how severe the new variant may be.

New initiatives and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments will strengthen infrastructure and help deploy newest transportation technology on public lands.

On November 17, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced new initiatives aimed at increasing access, supporting jobs, and enhancing the transportation experience on public lands across the country.

Recently, the U.S. Travel Association convened top leaders in travel, transportation and technology with policymakers and administration officials for the association's first-ever Future of Travel Mobility summit, which touched on sustainability, seamless and secure travel, innovative and emerging technology and more.

Travel Weekly has announced the winners of their 2021 Magellan Awards. With entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Magellan Award winners represent the best in the travel industry and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.