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Showcase Your New Business Products

TGA

If you have new products targeting the business world and business travelers, this is your chance to show them off. The upcoming Business Travel issue of Travel Goods Showcase will highlight the newest travel gear and accessories geared for the everyday business environment and business travel. If you're making a smarter business case, a more indispensable laptop carrier or genius accessories for mobile electronics, we want to help you spread the word to our audience of influential retailers and journalists. Please email your new business product info to kim@travel-goods.org by July 19, 2016 for consideration in the Fall 2016/Business Travel Issue of Travel Goods Showcase and its special business feature.

GSP & Travel Goods – Call for Signatories to Industry Letter

TGA

TGA is leading efforts to get hundreds of companies to sign on to an industry letter urging President Obama to immediately issue a proclaim that U.S. imports of travel goods (including luggage, handbags, backpacks, tote bags, etc.) are duty-free from all countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The letter is in response to President Obama’s June 30 decision to proclaim duty-free treatment for travel goods for a very limited number of countries under GSP. That decision means that only 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. However, the President indefinitely delayed a decision on granting duty-free travel goods benefits to all other GSP beneficiary developing countries, including key sourcing countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka. The only major travel goods supplier that benefits from the June 30 decision is Cambodia. TGA was very disappointed and surprised by the decision. We Need Your Company to Sign the Industry Letter! The deadline to add on your company is next Thursday, July 21. To sign the letter, or if you have questions, please contact TGA's Nate Herman at nate@travel-goods.org or 202-853-9351.

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Bleisure Travel Isn’t Growing, Despite What Trends Might Say

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The phenomenon of business travelers who tack on additional leisure travel days to their business trip – the “bleisure” traveler – has been cited as an emerging trend for years. But a new white paper, “A Quantitative Look at the Leisure Phenomenon,” by Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s CWT Solutions Group, found that the percentage of business travel trips that are also bleisure trips has remained static over the last five years, calling the overall trend into question. READ MORE

Asia to Dethrone North America as Largest Digital Travel Market CNBC

Digital travel sales in Asia-Pacific will surpass North America in 2017, making it the largest region in the world, according to a new eMarketer report. Customers in Asia-Pacific will spend a projected $216 billion next year, compared to North America's $200 billion, representing growth of 23% and 5%, respectively. Digital travel includes everything from booking online flights to hotels and tours. READ MORE

Making Travel and Shopping Easier for the Seasons Ahead

HOSPITALITYNET

While most of us are busy making the most of the summer sunshine, marketers are already beginning to think about the coldest (and busiest) months of the year – the holidays. October through December are traditionally the biggest months for both travel and shopping, and this year we expect mobile to play its biggest role ever. In fact, mobile travel and shopping searches are already up nearly 30% year-over-year. READ MORE

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Retail’s Reverse Supply Chain Problem

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It took a while for the average retailer to reach a level of competency dealing with online orders. That’s not to belittle the feat of turning an entire network of in-store inventory into shoppable links on a digital marketplace; rather, it’s a testament to how difficult the task was in the first place. Unfortunately, it looks like the growing number of online returns is forcing retailers to grapple with an equally confounding problem: the reverse supply chain. READ MORE

Math Proves Jet Lag is Worse for Travelers Heading East

TRAVEL + LEISURE

Even if you haven’t experienced severe jet lag after an eastward flight, you’ve probably heard this to be true: Recovery from jet lag is harder when you’re headed east than west. In a study published in the journal Chaos, researchers say they have now identified the physiological reason travelers have more difficulty adjusting to the time change when flying east rather than west. READ MORE

7 Trends Changing Retail Now

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Retail isn’t what it used to be – in a good way. Sure, we still visit stores to fill our bags and see what’s new. But today’s shopping experiences are colored by mobile and location-based messaging, 1-to-1 email-based offers, and even virtual reality. Check out these seven trends changing retail from “Reimagining Retail in the Age of the Shopper,” a session led by Salesforce Senior VP, Retail Industry, Shelley Bransten. READ MORE

TripAdvisor Adds Airline User Reviews

TRAVEL WEEKLY

On Tuesday, TripAdvisor introduced a redesigned flight search, complete with user reviews of airlines. TripAdvisor has also launched a “flyscore” feature within its search results. On a 1 to 10 scale, “flyscore” measures a flight based upon reviews of the airline, type of aircraft used, amenities offered on the flight and length of itinerary. READ MORE

How Great Leaders Manage Their Time

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The more responsibility we have, the more people need our time. As we progress in our careers we’re often in more meetings, on more calls, need to have more one-to-ones, and we have more areas across the business we need to stay on top of and drive…there just seems to be more. But the time we have doesn’t change. So how do the best leaders make it all work? READ MORE

4 Social Media Mistakes You Need to Avoid

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By now, most business owners understand that social media must be part of their marketing strategy. Yet, recent research has shown that 95% of small businesses are failing to use social media marketing effectively. Many companies aren’t aware of how to maximize best outcomes and avoid common social media pitfalls that can detract from their efforts. READ MORE

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