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Beware of “Travel Goods Show Housing”

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Beware: Some International Travel Goods Show exhibitors and attendees may have been contacted by companies or individuals soliciting hotel bookings for The 2017 International Travel Goods Show, but it's a scam. The pitch may seem very compelling, urging you to book while there's still available space, but there is no official lodging provider for The Show and exhibitor and attendee lists have not been shared, rented or sold to any companies for that purpose (or any other commercial use). If you are contacted regarding lodging for The Show, please notify Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707.

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Every Thursday, more than 12,000 travel goods professionals rely on TGA's Industry News Briefs to keep up with vital regulatory information, industry news, economic happenings and travel trends that affect this industry. Which makes Industry News Briefs one of the industry's most targeted advertising buys, reaching the best retailers, manufacturers and distributors in travel goods. Learn how Industry News Brief advertising – currently 50% off last year's rates – can help your business by contacting Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707.

A Bill That's Good for Travelers, Their Wallets and Our Economy

TAMPA BAY TIMES

Anyone who has sat on the tarmac for hours, navigated a crowded, crumbling terminal or languished in long TSA lines knows that our nation's airports need help. Politicians from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton agree. But the current airport funding system provides little flexibility to make things any better. What to do? READ MORE

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Airbnb Goes Back to Its Roots, Pushes Corporate Travel

CNBC

When Eric Caruthers recently attended an annual conference with ten colleagues, they weren't each issued a hotel key card like he would have expected. Instead, they rented a large house on Airbnb. Caruthers said the experience of staying in a house doubled as a company retreat. Airbnb is aggressively tapping into the business travel market and recently integrated with major management systems, such as American Express Global Business Travel and BCD Travel. According to the company, business travel on its site has grown by three times since last July. READ MORE

Cheap Airfare Will Power Corporate Travel Growth in 2017, Says Report

SKIFT

So far, 2016 has been a mixed bag for corporate travel. The strength of the U.S. dollar, along with terror fears and a stagnant global economy, led many international companies to reduce their travel spend. Mediocre economic growth in Europe and South America also contributed to the malaise. Yet, emerging markets are expected to continue their business travel growth as business travel remains cheap, according to Advito’s 2017 industry forecast report. READ MORE

‘I Call Top Bunk!’ Some Companies Make Executives Travel by Bus

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Executive travel often means premium-class flying and plush accommodations. The executives of Mattress Firm Holding Corp. and Sleepy’s took a cozier business trip together this summer, after Mattress Firm bought Sleepy’s, spending nights crammed onto a 45-foot bus that sleeps 12. READ MORE

Trips That Encourage You to Lose Your Phone

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Digital devices have given travelers instant access to online guidebooks, restaurant reviews and the social media means to disseminate photos. Now in a backlash against digital dependency, a number of tour operators, cruise lines and resorts are championing unplugged vacations. READ MORE

Trading Your Excess Airline Luggage Allowance

THE ECONOMIST

In this era of luggage fees, it feels almost wasteful to let a baggage allotment go unfilled. It is probably no surprise to hear that there’s an app for that. And there’s money in it, too. Grabr, a startup in San Francisco, just raised $3.5M and has 50,000 users. If you find yourself with extra luggage space, Grabr searches to see if anyone in the city you are flying to wants goods that can be bought in the city you are flying from. READ MORE

A Social Media Marketing Checklist

PC MAGAZINE

Managing a brand's social channels is about more than just coming up with witty posts. You've got to ensure that your message is on-point, that you're reaching key influencers, and that you're generating a return-on-investment (ROI) for all of your marketing and sponsorship campaigns. Although this process may sound daunting, social listening tools can help you track your interactions across all mediums so that you're always one step ahead of the curve. READ MORE

A 4-Step Test to Tell If a New Hire Will Succeed

FORBES

“How could we have been so wrong?,” he asked. “I was excited about Amanda’s potential and really enthusiastic to get her on the team. She had all the skills and knowledge we wanted and she appeared to be extremely enthusiastic. It’s been four months since Amanda started, and something isn’t clicking. What can I do?” That’s how a recent conversation went with Michael, an IT manager who recently had to recruit a new hire for a development project. And, as much as we empathize with Michael’s confusion and self-doubt, his experience is not unique. READ MORE

Workaholic Americans Are Sucking Billions Out of the Economy by Not Vacationing

MIC

Almost half of Americans took fewer than three days of vacation this summer, with more than 37% taking no vacation at all, according to a new survey from Skift. Only a third of Americans managed to actually get away from the office for a week or more. It's no secret that the U.S. seriously lags behind its peers when it comes to paid time off. What's more, Americans might be bringing this on themselves, and messing up the economy by doing so. READ MORE

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