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May 26, 2016    
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Now Expiring: The Biggest Discount. Act Now. Save Now. And Sell Big!

TGA

Exhibitors say it every year: The International Travel Goods Show is the most powerful marketing platform in travel goods. And this is your very last chance to get the deepest discount available: Just $10/square foot, if you book by June 1, 2016. The Show draws every significant retailer, from every market in the world, and its attendees represent retailing giants, independents and regional chains, and department store powerhouses. No other event brings together this many retailers, with this much geographic coverage and demographic depth. And this is your one chance to save this much and get in front of their decision-making buyers. Don't miss this opportunity – act now by contacting VP, Trade Show Cathy Hays at chaystga@aol.com or 877-842-1938, x-707, and put yourself on the only map that matters: The International Travel Goods Show floor plan.

Obama Signs New MTB Process Into Law

TGA

Last week, President Obama signed into law TGA-supported legislation to create a process for considering bills that would temporarily reduce or eliminate duties (up to $500,000) on products that are no longer made in the U.S. The legislation (H.R. 4923) would create a process for Congress to consider Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs) – legislation through which companies have temporarily reduced duties on a variety of travel goods over the years. Under the new law, the U.S. International Trade Commission must launch a new MTB process (that is outlined in the legislation) by October 15, 2016.

New California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

TGA

New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold wallets, handbags and clutches made with leather, vinyl or imitation leather materials (Notice 1) and other items in California that contained lead, di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), and/or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. TGA has included these notices in the TGA Prop 65 "60 Day Notice" running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis to help catalog the effects of this law on the travel goods industry. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.

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Memorial Day Travel Expected to Be Busiest Since 2005

LA TIMES

With gasoline prices more than $1 cheaper than at this time last year, the number of Americans traveling for the Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the highest since 2005. Nationwide, travelers getting away for the holiday are expected to spend $12 billion, a 1.2% increase over 2015. READ MORE

Yes, You Can Still Travel the World When You Have Tons of Student Loan Debt

ELITE DAILY

It’s almost impossible to leave college without a pile of student loan debt that you know you’ll have to start paying back almost immediately. It seems overwhelming and crippling, but there are ways to live a life full of adventure while paying back the loans you took out to receive your education. Here is how you can still travel when you’re bogged down by student loans. READ MORE

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How the Internet of Things Improves Air Travel

CIO

Air travel has come a long way since the dark days of 2001. Security remains a concern, but the industry is paying increasing attention to innovation and customer service, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are playing a big role in efforts to make aviation more efficient and improve the passenger experience. READ MORE

Saving Money, Social Media-Style

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Clipping is so 2012. For most people, buying a big pile of newspapers and going through them page-by-page to find coupons for the products you want is a thing of the past. Coupons are online and easily accessible via searchable databases and mobile applications. But the real value lies in social interactions, and businesses are using savings to build audience, engagement and loyalty. Here are some clever ways companies and customers are using social media to save money – and time. READ MORE

5 Ways Great Leaders Cultivate Wisdom in the Workplace

FORBES

As leaders, one of our primary responsibilities is to maximize the potential of the people we serve and allow them to discover their own wisdom. We mustn’t encourage them to always follow and be guided by the wisdom of others. Becoming wiser means allowing others to become wiser too. Are you creating distinction for your leadership by enabling your employees to share their own thoughts and perspectives and be original? READ MORE

Threat of Zika Virus Forces Many to Shift Summer Travel Plans

ABC NEWS

A Travelzoo survey conducted in the first quarter of 2016 – prime time for summer vacation planning – found that 30% of respondents said Zika impacted their decision to travel to warm weather destinations where the disease could be found. Of those, 30% said they changed their vacation plans to other destinations that have not been impacted. READ MORE

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