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More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued
Since the beginning of 2017, new "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold Backpacks, Running Packs, Toiletry Bags, Vinyl/PVC Cases, Phone Handbags, and Messenger Bags in California that contained Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.
The Idea of a Border Adjusted Tax Just Ran into Trouble in The Senate
A critical provision of the House Republicans' tax plan is facing more resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., urged his colleagues Wednesday to reject the so-called border adjustment tax. The proposal would put a 20% tax on imports into the U.S. while making exports tax-free. Under the House plan, it would coincide with slashing the corporate tax rate from the current 35% to 20%. READ MORE
Hoteliers Comb the Ranks of Tech Workers to Gain an Edge
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The front desk manager or housekeeper may epitomize the hotel employee, but the hospitality industry is increasingly dependent on tech workers, vacuuming data scientists, web designers and other experts into its ranks. More than ever, guests look to their phones and computers to research, book, stay in and communicate with hotels. That translates to critical technology needs in information security, mobile development and systems integration. 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
Google Reigns Over Facebook in Digital Travel Ads
Google parent Alphabet is unlikely to compete head-on with online travel leaders Expedia and Priceline Group, while Facebook poses little threat to Google in travel-related advertising, says RBC Capital. Skift estimates Google accounted for 90% of the digital travel advertising market in 2016, garnering some $12 billion in revenue. Priceline, Expedia and TripAdvisor were the biggest buyers of ad space on Google. READ MORE
Have Skills, Won’t Travel
New research published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and recruitment firm Adecco shows fewer EU workers are moving to the U.K. and many of those already working and living in Britain are considering leaving this year. The trend is having a significant impact on sectors such as retail, manufacturing, food services and health care, which typically employ a large number of workers from across the Channel. READ MORE
Redefining the smart lock and intelligent-access security system is eGeeTouch®. Patented and award-winning eGeeTouch® smart locks are embedded with state-of-art Dual Intelligent Proximity, Vicinity Tracking® and Smart Identification technologies. eGeeTouch® is all about safeguarding personal belongings and elevating travels through a hassle-free user experience. No key, no digit-wheels dial, no code memorizing equals no fuss. Simply pair with a Bluetooth® smartphone or tap a NFC-enabled smartphone, smartwatch, eGeeTouch® NFC tags or any paired NFC-enabled smart devices to secure and unlock luggage. MORE
New Services for Travelers, from Fitness to Food
THE NEW YORK TIMES
There is no shortage today of new apps and services aimed at making travel more convenient, even pleasurable. Here, four of the latest contenders worth checking out. READ MORE
Snow Day Advice from Accountants (and Others)
Last week was not a particularly good one for people traveling domestically in several regions of the U.S. But it also motivated a lot of Americans stuck at home to think about booking a trip to...anywhere else. A winter storm is a serendipitous call to action. And there are other events, seemingly unrelated to travel, waiting to be exploited by marketers who see reasons to book travel in the patterns of individuals, societies and nature. READ MORE
The Nine Most Amazing Giant Cruise Ships
With the peak period for cruise bookings – aka Wave Season – now underway, we asked cruise industry watcher Aaron Saunders of the From the Deck Chair blog for his picks of the most amazing giants of the sea, vessels that offer everything from multi-slide water parks to Broadway shows to celebrity chef-run restaurants. Scroll through these ships for a glimpse at Saunders' nine picks, which range from the much-ballyhooed, eight-month-old Harmony of the Seas to the grand, recently revamped Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2. READ MORE
Retail CEOs Are Heading to Washington to Plead Case Against Import Tax
Chief executives of some of America's largest retailers, including Target and Best Buy, are headed to Washington this week to make their case that a controversial tax on imports would raise consumer prices and hurt their businesses, according to people familiar with the plan. This is the first time well-known retail CEOs will descend on Washington as a group to try to make the case to kill the import tax proposal. Their input has more urgency as U.S. President Donald Trump is finalizing his own tax plan that he plans to unveil in the coming weeks. READ MORE
Five Signs You're Successful – Whether You Know It or Not
For years, we clung to an outdated definition of career success. In the old definition of success, successful people were people who had "big" jobs and earned tons of money. You could tell the successful people apart from everybody else by their clothes, their cars, their houses and other material things. Now we know better. READ MORE
The Latest in Social Media Marketing: Pinterest Search Ads
We recently discussed how Pinterest is an untapped resource for small business marketing, as it serves as a tool for engaging your local community on social media. Wouldn’t you know, just this week the company announced its latest feature: Search Ads. This advance toward strategic search advertising is a big move on Pinterest’s part toward opening its platform as a legitimate and profitable social media marketing entity. READ MORE
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