This Opportunity is Closing – Buyers, Act Now!
This is it, the last minute to get in on the best event in travel gear, March 26-28. The Travel Goods Show is where more new-for-2019 travel products will debut, with the most influential retailer and manufacturing personalities in attendance. No other event gathers together this many critical decision makers in retail, or in suppliers. If you make or distribute specialty travel products you'll want to be here – contact Cathy Trecartin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702, and get in on the action while you can. And if you're a travel goods retailer, register to attend and skip the line at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
U.S.-China Trade Talks Reach Critical Phase VOA NEWS
Deal or no deal? Trade talks between the U.S. and China – the world’s two largest economies – have reached a critical phase. Yet mixed signals coming from the White House and Beijing are causing analysts to question whether President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, will be able to finalize an agreement to end a costly trade war by early April as originally predicted. READ MORE
13 Rain Gear Essentials to Bring on Any Vacation
FAMILY VACATION CRITIC
Family travel requires being prepared for the unexpected. No matter your vacation destination, some rain may fall, but don’t let a fickle forecast get you down. Whether you’re headed somewhere known for its rainy climate, or you just want to be ready for what Mother Nature might send your way, here are 10 pieces of rain gear worth packing for your next trip. READ MORE
U.S. Retail Sales Rise in January, Stabilizing After a Slump BLOOMBERG
U.S. retail sales stabilized in January after a plunge the prior month that was larger than first reported, indicating consumers may still be able to help support economic growth after a dismal end to 2018. READ MORE
Value-Based Products Have Taken Over Discounts in Luggage Sales
With new advances and accessibility of air travel, the global luggage industry has remolded itself by offering small, lightweight, colorful and stylish bags that cater to various traveler needs. The industry itself is witnessing a boom, as owning more than one piece of luggage has become the norm. READ MORE
5 Destinations Art and Design Lovers Will Travel to in April ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
If you’re planning to travel in April, you’d better be making hotel and restaurant reservations now. Milan will see a massive influx of architects and designers for the Salone del Mobile, and we’ve got the lowdown on where to stay. Boston will be abuzz with a design week of its own, drawing travelers to the East Coast. Three major art fairs will take place as well. No matter where you go, we’ve got tips on the best places to stay and things to do when you arrive.
Visiting Europe Just Got a Little More Complicated Thanks to This Travel Rule
Starting in January 2021, travelers will have to enter the European Travel Information and Authorization System, a "pre-travel screening for security and migration risks of travelers benefiting from visa-free access to the Schengen area." The Schengen Area refers to the 26 European countries that do not have internal borders such as Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, and Poland, according to CNN. READ MORE
The Gap Between Retail 'Winners' and 'Losers' is Growing: Former Toys R Us CEO
While a number of companies have gone out of business or closed stores, results from big retailers like Walmart, Target, Costco and Amazon have been "superb." Jerry Storch, former CEO of Toys R Us, said "The gap between the winners and the losers is growing."
How Digital Leadership Is(n’t) Different
MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW
When describing the new digital reality for organizations, people tend to fall into two camps. Some argue that the future will be more like the past than not, agreeing with the sentiment, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Others think the future will be more novel, believing, “No one can possibly know what is about to happen: It is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.” Either way you look at it, as organizations seek their footing in a turbulent business environment, they require strong leaders at the helm.
Hidden-City Ticketing: The Air Travel Hack That Could Get You Sued
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
While missing a leg of a flight might sometimes be unavoidable due to changes in travel plans, savvy travelers have been purposely missing the second leg of their flights for years to save hundreds of dollars on fares. Recently, Lufthansa Airlines even sued a passenger $2,374 for this practice, which is known as “hidden-city ticketing.” But are the fares legal, and is it worth checking them out? Here's what you need to know.
Learn the Ins and Outs of the Top Digital Marketing Platforms
No matter how exciting your new product or service is, you can’t find your customers and grab their attention if you don’t have a handle on social media marketing. About 68% of adults use Facebook regularly, and the number of active Instagram users has grown to 1 billion. That’s a lot of eyes you can turn towards your company’s goals.
Travel Firms Modify Search Options, Bookings After Boeing Groundings
Travel agents and websites have begun to respond to consumer concern and the grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX planes, by changing policies and introducing options to allow customers to choose the type of aircraft they wish to fly on.
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