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Is Your Bricks-and-Mortar Store Online?

TGA

Are you selling online, in addition to your physical storefront? If so, we'd love to talk with you for an upcoming feature in Travel Goods Showcase about how web sales can be integrated into your overall sales/marketing picture. Whether you have your own e-commerce site, sell through portals like Amazon or eBay, or even if you're simply harnessing Craigslist, we'd like to share your tale of success and how you got there (even those experiments that went awry). Please help us tell a good story about how online sales can bolster your physical retail environment by contacting Showcase writer Garrett Lai, garrett@travel-goods.org, 949-631-1999.

New California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

TGA

New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold wallets and handbags (Notice1) and other items in California that contained lead, di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), and/or Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) in violation of California's 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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$1,200 for Coach? How to Beat the New Airfare Rules

THE NEW YORK TIMES

A few months ago, the nation’s three major airlines quietly tweaked their fare rules. The result? Travelers encountered notably higher prices for certain multi-city round-trips (visiting several cities by plane) and open-jaw trips (flying into one city, traveling to another by, say, car or train, then flying home from that city). So what exactly is going on? How widespread is this pricing discrepancy? And are there ways to avoid getting fleeced? READ MORE

Working Retail – A New Reality WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY

First-quarter retail results that came in recently were mostly abysmal. On the heels of those results, May’s job numbers out last week showed a loss of 4,100 jobs at apparel and accessories retailers. Asked about that one-two punch, Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist of the NRF, maintained that overall, the state of retail is strong, “growing modestly and consistently.” Says Kleinhenz, “Retail employment continues to grow on an annual basis. In March 2016, there were more than 564,000 job openings within the industry and 737,000 hires, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics JOLTS report.” READ MORE

America Is Hitting the Road Again

The New York Times

The great American road trip is back. It’s partly that gasoline this driving season is cheaper than it has been in 11 years, according to the AAA motor club, and that the reviving economy is making people more willing to part with their money. But there is more than that at play here. This may be a cultural shift, as Americans experiment with the notion that maybe money can, in fact, buy happiness, at least in the form of adventures and memories. READ MORE

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Why Short-sellers Are Targeting These Travel Stocks

CNBC

Short-sellers are targeting legacy travel firms like hotel groups, timeshare companies and cruise operators, as online players like Airbnb start to take a larger share of the leisure market, a report released Tuesday showed. Companies including Marriott International, Diamond Resorts and lodging group Wyndham Worldwide are struggling as price-conscious consumers turn to comparison websites for budget travel options, a report by financial information services firm Markit explained. READ MORE

Where Should Americans Not Travel for Business Right Now?

SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS

American small business owners who travel abroad need to stay updated on all the latest news developments about no travel zones for U.S. citizens. So, if you have international destinations on your summer docket, check out some of the no travel zones to discover the places you shouldn’t be going anytime soon – or if you do go, where you need to be on guard. READ MORE

Six Myths About Social Media

TRAVEL MARKET REPORT

Rieva Lesonsky, CEO and founder of GrowBiz Media, whose current clients include AT&T Small Business, Microsoft and Intuit, among others, shares six common myths about social media as it relates to business. READ MORE

Best in Travel 2016

MONEY

A vacation should feel like a reward, but that doesn’t mean it should break the bank. The trouble is that most travel guides either ignore the expense factor or obsess over it, turning the bargain hunt into the main adventure. Money’s first Best in Travel Awards shift the focus to a more universal – and useful – metric: Value. We selected the following winners because they land in a travel sweet spot: Great choices at great prices. READ MORE

TSA Shares Summer Tips for Travelers

CBS 6 ALBANY

The number of passengers who flew this past spring set records, according to airport officials, with more travelers than ever expected to pass through TSA checkpoints this summer. Over the coming months, travelers are strongly encouraged to follow these tips. READ MORE

Try These Travel Hacks Using Everyday Objects

FORBES

How many times has this happened to you? You’re in a hotel room in a strange city and – grrrr! – you wake up at the crack of dawn because the curtains don’t shut all the way. Or maybe you’re on a flight with no pillows provided, and $25 for a pillow from the airport gift shop seems larcenous. What to do, what to do? READ MORE

38 Photos That Show How Romantic U.S. Train Travel Can Be

BUSINESS INSIDER

First, let's recognize that plenty of people have had a gripe with Amtrak in the past. It has an aging (and underfunded) system of trains, and passengers often face delays and high prices. But there is still something darn romantic about traveling by train – stretching out your legs, gazing out the window as the forest or sea slips by you. Here are our favorite Amtrak photos that show the enduring romance of trains. READ MORE

Making an Authentic Shift in Your Leadership Approach

FORBES

Leadership approach changes have significant impact – but only if they’re authentic shifts. Simply trying out different leadership styles for the sake of trying every new trend can be a little like changing up your lunch menu once a week. It can be fun, but it’s not going to impact your overall health. READ MORE

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