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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 National Tour Association (NTA) honored four individuals and one corporate member at the 2016 NTA Travel Exchange Convention in Atlanta. Mark Hoffman, Georgiana Clark, Brian Butterworth and Michael Weinberg were all recognized for the important role they play in the advancement of NTA and the group travel industry. Aon Affinity was the corporate award recipient.

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In summer 2016, Chicago's Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is moving to Branson, Missouri! This landmark Ferris wheel is the newest attraction at Branson's Highway 76, at The Track Family Fun Parks. "We are excited to be the new home of this iconic Ferris wheel," said Craig Wescott, president and CEO of The Track Family Fun Parks. The move will allow a new group of students to enjoy this famous ride.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has upgraded its Zika virus infection travel health notice to Alert Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions). This means the CDC believes there is an "increased risk in a defined setting or associated with specific risk factors; certain high-risk populations may wish to delay travel to these destinations."

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Residents of certain states and territories will need a second form of identification to satisfy the Transportation Security Administration.

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On January 6, 2016, Chicago-based Entertainment Cruises, a member of Pritzker Group Private Capital's family of companies and the largest dining cruise company in the United States, today announced the appointment of Kenneth Svendsen as its new chief executive officer.

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