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Show Space Update: Selling Out Fast

TGA

The 2017 International Travel Goods Show’s move to April 5-7 has been met with overwhelming exhibitor response – space reservations are rolling in, and we’re rapidly approaching sellout status. So act now if you want to show off in front of the world’s largest gathering of travel goods retailers, before all slots are gone and you’re relegated to the waiting list. The 2017 Show takes place in a smaller exhibit hall than last year, and more exhibitors snapped up booths earlier than ever before, so this window is closing quickly. Contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 today to book your space.

TGA Disappointed in GSP Travel Goods Decision

TGA

Last week, President Obama proclaimed duty-free treatment for travel goods (including luggage, handbags, backpacks, tote bags, etc.) for a very limited number of countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The decision means travel goods imported from the “least-developed beneficiary developing countries” and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) countries are now able to enter the U.S. duty-free, which came into effect July 1, 2016. However, the President delayed indefinitely a decision on granting travel goods benefits to all other GSP beneficiary developing countries. As a result, the decision denies benefits to key sourcing countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka. The only major travel goods supplier covered by today’s decision is Cambodia. TGA is very disappointed and surprised by the decision. The door is not closed, however, as the decision for other countries has been delayed, not denied. TGA will be rallying members of Congress, TGA members, and the broader industry to obtain a positive decision from the Obama administration as soon as possible to add travel goods for all GSP-eligible countries. If you have any questions, please contact TGA’s Nate Herman at nate@travel-goods.org or 202-853-9351.

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The Secret to a Feel-Good Vacation

REAL SIMPLE

A good vacation can be made great if you are not only in an exciting location, but if you feel well for the whole trip. Real Simple put together top tips and product suggestions to remain healthy while traveling. Included are lightweight luggage options to avoid back and neck strain from members of the Travel Goods Association. READ MORE

Retail Sales During Core Back-to-School Shopping Months Will Climb

EMARKETER

The back-to-school season will follow a disappointing 2015 holiday season and winter for many U.S. retailers, but the remainder of 2016 should bring some moderate improvement. eMarketer expects U.S. retail sales will increase 2.6% in 2016, up from 1.4% growth in 2015, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “Back-to-School Shopping Preview 2016: The Shift to E-commerce Accelerates.” READ MORE

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Inbound Travel Slumping Due to Strong Dollar

TRAVEL WEEKLY

International inbound travel has been on the decline for the past three months, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Trends Index, and the trend is likely to continue this year. U.S. Travel attributed the decline to the strength of the U.S. dollar, which is particularly weighing on travel from Canada. READ MORE

10 Travel Tips Based on Your Top Google Searches

TOWN & COUNTRY

Traveling raises plenty of questions. There’s how you’ll get there, how long it will take, what cosmetics you can bring in your carry-on, and is there a trick to getting the best deal on flights? No need to put your research hat on – we did that for you, asking the Google analysis team what travel questions they see typed into the search box most often. Here’s what they said are ten of the most common travel questions, plus quick answers you need to know for a smooth-sailing trip. READ MORE

Suiteness Wants You to Stay in Suites Instead of Regular Hotel Rooms

TECH CRUNCH

Suites are a weird thing within the hotel industry. While there are hundreds of thousands of suites around the world, most are only occupied about 20% of the time and sit empty the rest of the year. Plus, the nicest ones aren’t listed or even available to book on hotel’s websites. The result is hotels (and booking services) missing out on tons of potential revenue. READ MORE

Airlines Look to Invest in Cyber Security

AVIATION WEEK

Last week, travel technology provider SITA released its 2016 Airline IT Trends Survey that stated 9% of airlines now plan to invest in cyber security programs within the next three years. This will be music to the ears of the International Air Transport Association, which has been an advocate of cyber security for several years now. READ MORE

Easy & Effective Social Media Marketing Tips and Tools for E-commerce Businesses

BUSINESS.COM

For an e-commerce company, online success is everything, especially since the Internet constitutes your primary real estate. To hit a home run on the home front, you’ve got to ensure you have all your bases covered, and it can’t be easy with the intense pressure of competing in crowded markets. Here are five quick tips – and a sixth fundamental tip for good measure. READ MORE

I’ll Need How Much Money for Retirement?

FORBES

If a pharmaceutical company comes to you and says, “You’re sick. You need our pill,” you’d hear them out. After all, you might be sick and drug companies do a lot of good. But you’d also keep in mind the fact that they’re in the business of selling pills. When someone tells you that you’re not saving enough for retirement, it’s worth keeping some of that same skepticism in mind. READ MORE

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