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Plan to Visit Your 2017 New Product Showcase
It's a New Year, which means a whole new crop of travel goods to help your customers travel safer, be more comfortable, pack more efficiently and be more organized in their everyday travels and around-the-world sojourns. More new-for-2017 items will debut at The International Travel Goods Show than any other event on the calendar, which makes April 5-7, 2017 a critical time for your retailing success. Make plans to join us and discover the latest and greatest travel items so you can introduce them to your customers. Visit the official Show website, thetravelgoodsshow.org, or register here to attend The International Travel Goods Show – the world's biggest new products showcase for travel items.
How to Navigate New Airline Carry-On Rules
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Are there loopholes to get around restrictive carry-on baggage and boarding rules? Will more major airlines begin restricting access to their overhead bin space? And while we’re talking about space, which carry-on size will actually make it past the gate agent and onto the plane? Let’s begin with United’s new “basic economy” fares. READ MORE
Safe Skies has an agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to manufacture and distribute TSA luggage locks. Airport security has master tools to open, inspect and relock TSA Safe Skies® luggage locks rather than clipping the locks during mandatory checked baggage inspections at U.S. airports, allowing travelers to reuse these special luggage locks. TSA Safe Skies luggage locks are also approved by the Canadian, Australian, Israeli, German, UK and Swiss governments. MORE
What Comes Next for U.S. Consumers, Travel Brands and Messaging in 2017?
There’s little doubt that travelers’ use of messaging platforms around the world grew throughout 2016 – whether it’s Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat, or another service. What is uncertain is whether travel brands have kept pace and adopted messaging as aggressively as many have trumpeted. Along with that, one question that’s plagued parts of the travel industry during the past year – hotels, in particular – is: Are messaging apps actually strategic for our brand? READ MORE
20 Ideas Worth Stealing in 2017
Intrigue. Drama. High-tech exploits. Retail today has all the elements of a blockbuster movie – including, when we’re lucky, plenty of “loves” and “likes.” Onscreen or off, it takes more effort than ever to create something truly unique. Like filmmakers, retailers are happy to, shall we say, “pay homage” to themes and elements that have been proven to resonate with consumers. So grab the popcorn and take a seat. It’s time for our annual list of 20 ideas worth incorporating into your own storyline. READ MORE
Where Sustainable Travel Is Headed in 2017
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Sustainable tourism – bringing global awareness to travel and putting it into action – is a top priority for the United Nations this year. The organization has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. There were nearly 1.2 billion international travelers in 2015, up from 674 million in 2000, according to the United Nations. The latest figure represents nearly one out of seven people in the world and is expected to grow to 1.8 billion people by 2030. READ MORE
Why Artificial Intelligence Is the Future of Travel
The days of journeying to a travel agency and sitting at the desk of an agent just to book a trip have all but disappeared, but technology is increasingly putting that level of personalized service in the palms of our hands. A number of travel apps have begun to incorporate artificial intelligence, technology that allows machines to analyze large amounts of data and “learn” on their own, according to Greg Oates, senior editor at travel site Skift. READ MORE
Washington, D.C. Braces For 222% Visitor Increase for Inauguration
In the days leading up to the 2017 Presidential inauguration Washington, D.C. will see a 222% daily increase of travelers, according to an analysis of bookings by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance. More than 114,000 travelers are planning to visit Washington D.C. January 18-21 with 276% more planning to arrive on inauguration day, compared to the two Fridays prior to and following. READ MORE
19 Travel Predictions from the Experts for 2017
If traveling more is one of your New Year's resolutions, you're in luck, because according to tourism experts, it's generally a good year to pack your bags. READ MORE
Smaller Airports Get the Attention of International Carriers
THE NEW YORK TIMES
For as long as airlines have been crossing the oceans, airline passengers have had to go to big city airports to catch their overseas flights. So users of the nation’s 53rd-busiest airport, in a small town in the suburbs of Hartford, were surprised this fall when Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland, began flights to Europe. “Smaller airports are the next coming thing,” said Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of Norwegian, which is also talking to Stewart International Airport in Orange County, N.Y. about starting European-bound flights. READ MORE
Four Tips for More Powerful Corporate Social Media Posts
Once we know what an organization values, the character of its leadership and what legacy it strives to leave, we can decide if we want to engage with it. Whether it is through a speech, an infographic or a tweet, brands and corporations need to harness the power of storytelling to reveal corporate character, connect with emotions and hopefully build trust. Here are some tips for building more effective corporate narratives using traditional storytelling techniques on social media. READ MORE
Family's Search for Travel Nanny Garners Thousands of Applications
M'Kenzie and Derek Tillotson thought they might get "10 or 20" applications for the travel nanny job they're looking to fill. But since the Salt Lake City couple posted a video to Facebook with the job description, they've received more than 7,000. It's no wonder – the position is certainly tempting: Travel around the world with the family for one year, with all travel expenses paid. READ MORE
Mark Zuckerberg's Secret to Extremely Loyal Employees Will Work for Any Size Company
Would you like to have seriously loyal employees? So loyal that you could trust them with information that could really hurt you? You can, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has figured out how: Start by trusting them and being completely open. They will reward that trust. READ MORE
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