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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.

Americans enjoy some of the most open travel restrictions in the world. With 170 countries offering us visa-free or instant visas on arrival, we rank fourth. Participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and bilateral agreements with other countries are the backbone of that leniency. But what will a Trump presidency mean for that freedom of movement?

Did you realize 2016 was declared the year of China-USA tourism? If you're not sure how to benefit from this growing demographic, don't be intimidated. There are some specific tactics you can implement, such as providing free Wi-Fi and food options that Chinese guests enjoy, yet the most important element for success is relationship building.

The word is out: In the November/December 2016 Groups Today magazine, we looked at trends emerging in the group travel industry. Embracing these trends, however, is a different story. From customized experiences to adventure tourism, culinary travel and more, industry professionals provide insight and ideas on how to implement top travel trends into group tours.

With Donald J. Trump taking office as the 45th president of the United States of America, travel may be poised to change. While Trump's campaign never addressed the tourism industry specifically, Trump spoke on a number of issues that could directly affect travel, including possibly reversing the course with Cuba, barring Muslims from entering the nation, building a wall along the border of Mexico and planning to rebuild the nation's infrastructure.

Photos are a great way to capture memories on your tours—and even market your product. While you may not have a fancy camera (or if you do, you may not want to lug it around with you), smartphones enable us to take high-quality photos and edit them. Here are four tips to help you take better photos with your phone.

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Wine Tasting Code Words

My wife is one of the most polite people you could ever meet. Whether this is due to her upbringing, an aspect of her demeanor, or just her go-to behavior, she is polite to a fault. This materializes itself in often unexpected places: She lets the neighborhood kids have first go at the biggest, ripest blackberries that grow on our fence; she feels compelled to listen to the full pitch when eating the food samples at our local price club; she turns shades of blush if anyone in our party offers criticism of a winery's offerings in front of the person pouring. After all, if you don't have something nice to say ...