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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.

NTA has appointed Pam Inman, IOM, CAE, CMHS, president of the association. Inman brings decades of experience in travel, tourism, and hospitality to the organization. She will split her time between Lexington, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C., and officially assume her role as president in September.

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Similar to the CAN-SPAM law in the United States, Canada's anti-spam law prohibits the sending of any electronic message that encourages participation in a commercial activity without prior consent, regardless of whether there is an expectation of profit. Commercial messages include marketing or promotional e-mails about new programs, events, or publications, for example.

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The Department of Homeland Security announced the expansion of the Transportation Security Administration's expedited screening program, TSA Pre✓™, to include eligible customers of Air Canada, the first international carrier to participate.

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In December 2013, United Airlines joined the ranks of major U.S. carriers that make destination-based travel more challenging—perhaps even impossible—for some student and youth travelers. United's policy change requires unaccompanied children ages five to eleven, and youth ages twelve to seventeen whose guardians choose to use the Unaccompanied Minor service, to take direct flights only, with a $150 fee.

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“It is a ‘boom time’ for China’s outbound market” was the message at the World Travel Market (WTM) Vision Conference – Shanghai, on May 8. Research from Euromonitor International shows outbound expenditure has reached a record level of US$120 billion, and predictions for the coming five years reveal bumper growth rates.

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