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July 28, 2016    
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The Best Talent Pool in Travel Goods

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This is a specialty industry, and if you’re looking for your dream job, or need that perfect travel goods specialist to fill out your company roster, the best place to look is TGA’s classifieds, which reach more industry insiders than any other medium. Post your ad (travel-goods.org/post-classifieds), view available job openings (travel-goods.org/post-classifieds), and get the job you want or the candidate of your dreams. For details contact Cathy Trecartin, cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.

Final Deadline – GSP & Travel Goods

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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! Over 80 organizations have signed the letter – but we’d like 100 or more to demonstrate our industry’s overwhelming support. The final deadline to add your company is Monday, 8/1. 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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Retail Sales Forecast Looking Brighter

CNBC

In the face of sluggish global growth and uncertainty over the presidential election, the retail industry’s trade organization sees signs that the positive trends influencing consumer spending are outmuscling the negative. READ MORE

JetBlue’s New Airbus Could Upend Travel to Europe BLOOMBERG

When executives at JetBlue Airways Corp. gaze east to Europe from their perch in New York City, they see a striking similarity to transcontinental domestic routes: Abundant business traffic, high fares, entrenched rivals and in-flight service quality that spans the spectrum. Europe has one crucial difference, though – fares are even higher and the revenue potential for premium travel even greater. And there is a weakness that a new Airbus jet may help the carrier exploit. READ MORE

Your Local Hotel Is Trying to Impress Guests With a New Amenity: You

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Hotels are always eager to get people in the door, of course, whether to spend the night or their money at the bar. And catering wedding parties and banquets has long been central to the hospitality industry. But the newer trend is to focus on getting repeat business from a local following. So innkeepers are sponsoring running clubs or organizing other attractions like author readings, art shows or musical performances. The theory is that a vibrant group of local patrons can make the hotel more attractive to out-of-town lodgers. READ MORE

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State Farm Plans for a Driverless Future

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Rapidly developing technology for autonomous vehicles is raising tough questions for car insurers. If driverless cars ultimately do prove safer than human-driven ones, what will happen to their business model? Federal transportation officials estimate that more than 90% of crashes involve human error, so if wrecks fall dramatically in frequency, insurers will have less to insure. Their premium volume could plummet, and profits, in turn, could follow in the freefall. READ MORE

Sao Paulo’s Grit Contrasts With Rio’s Glitz

TRAVEL WEEKLY

With about 600,000 international visitors expected in Rio de Janeiro for next month’s Summer Olympics and September’s Paralympic Games, Sao Paulo might seem an easy side trip, but that is by no means the afterthought image this city wants to project. Brazil’s largest city does not view itself as second banana to any place. Its motto,“Non ducor, duco,” translates from Portuguese to “I am not led, I lead.” READ MORE

Fix Your Social Media Strategy by Taking It Back to Basics

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

A recent survey indicates that marketers plan to double their spending on social media in the next five years. Yet IBM’s C-Suite Study reports that nearly half of CMOs believe they are not prepared to manage the challenges of social media. This disparity highlights an important, and potentially costly, problem: Marketers continue to increase social media spending, yet many are still uncertain about management, strategies, and integration. READ MORE

Modobag Motorized Luggage Exceeds Indiegogo Campaign Goal

DESIGN & TRAVEL

The Modobag is the revolutionary travel companion that offers a vehicle, some luggage space and a charging station, all in one. Created by Chicago-based businessman Kevin O’Donnell, the Modobag is a smart luggage bag that can be used to travel around an airport, according to The Toronto Star. It has a 150-watt electric motor that can travel as far as 8 miles. Its maximum speed is 8 miles per hour. READ MORE

Want The Job? Bring a 100-Day Action Plan to the Interview

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In a world in which 40% of new leaders fail in their first 18 months, hiring organizations are realizing that it’s no longer good enough to hire the right leader. They have to help with executive onboarding. This is all about helping new leaders prepare in advance, manage their message and build their teams. It all starts with a plan. READ MORE

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