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June 16, 2016    
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Summer Selling Season’s Here: Time to Get Social

TGA

Summer’s here, which means we’re in the thick of the new selling season. This is the time to maximize publicity for those new-for-2016 items, now that they're in stores and available to consumers. Make sure your latest and greatest are getting the exposure you deserve – use TGA’s social media feed to get your product news in front of the travel writers, bloggers, TV shows and retailers who have real clout with consumers. Contact Kate Ryan, 774-929-5223, or send your product press releases to kate@kateryanpr.com, and let TGA help spread the word and build valuable consumer demand for your brand.

U.S. Senate Passes TSCA Reform

TGA

Last week, the U.S. Senate approved the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by unanimous consent. The TGA-supported legislation regulates the manufacturing, importation, and processing of chemicals, while strengthening the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to evaluate and regulate potentially hazardous chemicals. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law. READ MORE

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Zika Fears and Political Chaos Keeping Rio Olympics Affordable

THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, from Aug. 5 to 21, are the first to be held in South America, and they come with some baggage. Brazil’s chaotic and ever-changing political situation, concerns about the Zika virus, security issues: All of these are contributing to trepidation from North Americans, who are reconsidering whether to venture south for the Games. READ MORE

Uber Now Lets Passengers Schedule Rides 30 Days in Advance CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

Groggily hailing a cab or hoping an Uber is available for an early morning trip to the airport is standard travel pain, but luckily, the ride-sharing app just made it a little easier to get from Point A to Point B. As of last week, users in Seattle – and soon in other cities around the country – can schedule rides in advance, as soon as 30 minutes and as far out as 30 days. READ MORE

May Retail Sales Beat Expectations, Point to Strong Demand

REUTERS

U.S. retail sales rose more than expected in May as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods, suggesting economic growth was gaining steam despite a sharp slowdown in job creation. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that retail sales increased 0.5% last month after surging by an unrevised 1.3% in April. It was the second straight month of gains and lifted sales 2.5% from a year ago. READ MORE

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Black Boxes Could Be Improved by Real-time Jet Data Streaming

TRAVEL WEEKLY

Authorities last week continued their race against time to recover the flight recorders from Egypt Air Flight 804 before the batteries die on the devices’ homing beacons. But the time-consuming and costly search for the black boxes of the Airbus 320 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19 has raised questions about whether more should be done to transmit flight data in real time. READ MORE

Redefining Hospitality With Digital Tools for the Travel Industry

SKIFT

For travel marketing, using digital technology to reach consumers in data-driven ways is a well-established approach. Dynamic email open-rates, for example, come in at 56.7%, among leading cases, with click-through rates at 15.2%. But successfully leveraging data and making meaningful connections with travelers isn’t just a digital marketing moment. It’s an on-site, operations-forward opportunity, too, one that can reshape the very relationships that brands and travelers enjoy. READ MORE

Using Social Media for Business Without Bleaching Out the Social

ENTREPRENEUR

Social networking is something of an enigma. On one hand, business pundits insist that a viable social networking presence is valuable; on the other, they offer scant advice as to just how to create and sustain a social networking presence that adds real value. Beyond ominous warnings to keep your social outlets squeaky clean or to offer strategies (and service offerings) to push negative publicity far off the first couple pages of a Google search, it’s tough to find a simple, practical, “do’s and don’ts” of social networking for business. READ MORE

The Hidden Benefits of Short-Term Business Travel

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Despite the inherent fatigue and the surface appearance of monotony, business travel can be more than just getting work done in a new location. Yes, it can be exhausting – both physically and emotionally. But it can also be stimulating – so much so that some people return from business trips energized with a new set of knowledge and a different perspective on their work. Through our own experiences as well as those we’ve interviewed, coached, and worked with, we’ve identified some of the top benefits of short-term business travel. READ MORE

Increased Spontaneous and Off-season Vacations Propel Travel Growth

LUXURY DAILY

International tourism will grow 4.3% in 2016, with demand highest in Asia and North America, according to a Positive Luxury study on the state of travel. Alongside shifts to personalization and emphases on philanthropy and sustainability, assumptions about who travels and when travel happens are also breaking down. The continued growth of travel beyond that of other luxury sectors puts hotels in an enviable place, but capitalizing on that growth will require strategic shifts. READ MORE

Millennials More Likely to Use Travel Agents Than Any Other U.S. Demographic

SKIFT

The number of people who say they’ve used a travel agent to book a trip has rebounded slightly in recent years, and increased interest from millennials in agents may have contributed. In the last year, 22% of Americans booked through a travel agent, an increase from 14% just three years ago, according to new research from the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Millennials are more likely to use an agent than any demographic group of older travelers, surprisingly. READ MORE

Five Outdated Leadership Ideas That Need to Die

FORBES

We are 16 years into the new millennium and it’s time that our leadership practices reflected today’s reality. We are not in the Industrial Age anymore. Our only ability to compete and to win customers is to put the smartest, best-equipped team on the field, and that can only happen if our workplaces are fun and energizing places where smart people want to be. We have to manage our cultures so that they exalt and bring out people’s talents, not squash and belittle them. READ MORE

Urban Lockers Let Travelers Explore Cities Sans Luggage

PSFK

Lock & Be Free is a new project from creative agency Wanna One aimed at urban travelers who want to roam new cities without hauling a suitcase around. Most frequent travelers who’ve dealt with the hindrance of luggage will applaud the new and improved concept. READ MORE

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