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Newly Expanded: The Biggest Showcase in Travel Goods

TGA

Space at The International Travel Goods Show is selling faster than ever, outstripping last year's record-setting sales and on pace for an early sellout that threatened to lock out many exhibitors. Luckily, a cancellation at the Las Vegas Convention Center has made the larger North Halls available for the same dates, April 5-7, 2017, giving us a little breathing room. We do expect The Show to sell out, despite the added space, so don't delay – contact Cathy Hays to secure your place at the world's largest travel goods showcase: chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707.

We Need You! Join Us for September 21-22 TPP Washington, DC Fly-In

TGA

TGA will join the TPP Apparel Coalition to descend on Washington, DC September 21-22 to advocate for Congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Please complete the fly-in registration form and return to TGA's Nate Herman nate@travel-goods.org as soon as possible, but no later than August 26, 2016. Your participation is urgently needed to make sure Congress hears from our industry on why this agreement needs to be approved this year and how our industry – and its workers and customers – can benefit. The opponents of TPP and the opponents of trade are out in force, and are making their voices known. If they succeed, TPP won’t be considered for the foreseeable future. Members of Congress need to hear from you before they make a decision on the TPP bill, expected to be considered later this year. This will be the last opportunity to meet with members of Congress in Washington before they leave for the November elections. If approved, TPP will allow immediate duty-free access to the U.S. for travel goods from Vietnam, and the 10 other TPP member countries, under easy-to-use rules. This is our last and best chance – please join us!

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Airline Group Forecasts Jump in U.S. Labor Day Air Travel

REUTERS

A U.S. airline trade group said on Wednesday it expects American air travel to rise 4% over the Labor Day holiday to 15.6 million passengers. Airlines for America, the industry trade group, said it expects over the seven-day period starting Aug. 31 that airlines will offer 2.54 million seats a day, up 98,000 over the same period last year. READ MORE

Corporate Travel Is Bracing for the Impact of the Marriott-Starwood Merger

SKIFT

As the Marriott acquisition of Starwood nears completion, corporate travel experts say companies may need to think outside the behemoth to save money – and get better at forcing travelers to comply with travel policies. While the $12.2 billion deal is taking longer than expected to close, thanks to a request for additional review time by Chinese authorities, travel management companies and corporations are already considering the repercussions of two competitors joining forces to become the world’s largest hotel company. READ MORE

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Retail Apps Must Innovate to Provide a Better User Experience

BUSINESS INSIDER

Despite a staggering 69% growth in app-based sales between 2014 and 2015, only some retailers are correctly utilizing the user market, according to a recent report by ARC from Applause that measured the average user sentiment for Android and iOS retail apps on a 100-point scale. The way in which a company navigates the app user experience is key in determining whether users will download and engage with a brand's app. READ MORE

Delta’s Meltdown Will Mean Huge Payouts for Some Travelers

THRILLIST

The Delta Air Lines meltdown that began with a computer failure on August 8 dominoed for days into a full-on air-travel crisis. Who wasn't complaining? Anyone with the luck or foresight to have bought travel insurance during this fiasco. Airline snafus like the hundreds of delays and cancellations that Delta suffered can highlight the value of getting covered – if you choose your plan wisely. READ MORE

Top Trends for 2016 Back-to-School and College Shopping

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION

Nothing really compares to the winter holiday season when it comes to retail sales, but back-to-school and back-to-college shopping is a significant spending event, with total spending expected to reach $75.8 billion this year. Each year, NRF works with Prosper Insights & Analytics to find out when, where and how American families will shop for school and college supplies. Here are just a few insights from this year’s consumer survey. READ MORE

Should the Government Intervene on Travel Fees?

USA TODAY

The Forbid Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act introduced recently is a subversive new law that raises more questions than it answers. And while the bill may be grounded for now – it was shelved during a congressional skirmish over funding the Federal Aviation Administration – the FAIR Fees Act is still sending ripples across the travel industry because of its thought-provoking nature. READ MORE

The Vital Importance of Psychology in Social Media Marketing

MARTECH ADVISOR

You need to tap into emotions if you want to attract customers – it is important for developing long-term customer relationships. Most buyers are influenced by their emotions when they make buying decisions. But you may be wondering how to use psychology to generate a successful social media campaign. In this article, we give you a quick lowdown on ways to use psychology in social media marketing. READ MORE

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