We need members to contact Congress to urge them to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program before it expires on Dec. 31, 2020. Under GSP, U.S. travel goods imports from developing countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Pakistan enter the U.S. duty-free. In the first nine months of 2020, U.S. travel goods imports from GSP countries increased 19.7%, supplying 15.3% of all U.S. travel goods imports. It takes only a few minutes to complete so we urge you to contact Congress today!
On December 4, TGA joined more than 200 other organizations urging Congress to approve the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) before the end of the year. The MTB would allow certain U.S. travel goods imports to enter the United States duty-free for three years.
FOX 5 DC
Travel journalist Troy Petenbrink appeared on FOX 5 in Washington, DC, this week to share some gift ideas for those who love to travel – many of which are manufactured by members of the Travel Goods Association. READ MORE
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
What lies ahead for 2021? The U.S. will have a new President in the White House. “The Matrix 4” will hit the big screen, Tokyo hopes to host the Olympic Games and sales of CBD products will continue to climb. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley are feeling bullish about the stock market in 2021 and conversations about vaccines are more than likely to reach a fevered pitch. Unfortunately, the U.S. can also expect the long tail impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to be felt in the retail industry for months to come. READ MORE
Testing backlogs, traveler procrastination and general confusion or ignorance about testing requirements have delayed or ruined many a vacation for those traveling during the coronavirus pandemic and headed to destinations that require a negative COVID-19 test to visit or to bypass mandatory quarantines. The problem is likely to intensify as the Christmas and New Year’s travel season begins this month. READ MORE
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
Venturing out and flying during the COVID-19 pandemic can trigger a lot of safety questions, especially around airports and being on board planes. Throw in the rush of the holiday season, and mitigating COVID-19 risks feels impossibly complex. So, we turned to the experts: We asked three top medical professionals for their opinions on some of your most burning questions around flying during COVID-19 and holiday air travel safety. READ MORE
For travel app Hopper, the first quarter of 2020 was remarkable. The company, known for using predictive analytics to recommend when to book flights and hotels to get the best price, was growing 400% year over year. Then COVID-19 hit. The travel and hospitality sectors have been among the hardest hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but news of vaccine development showing high efficacy rates in clinical trials has lifted hopes for a travel industry recovery next year. READ MORE
For the past 10 months, organizations everywhere have had to grapple with an important question: How do we lead our employees better in the pandemic era? I’ve spoken with countless successful executives to tap into their top leadership strategies. Here are examples of what to do and not to do as a leader. READ MORE
This guide summarizes the challenges social marketers encountered in 2020 and leaves you with advice from our speakers for 2021 and beyond. As the saying goes, “The only constant in life is change.” In 2020, you and your team were challenged to think differently, modify carefully laid plans and pivot your social strategy. As this year comes to a close, it’s time to take what you’ve learned and start building a new map for 2021. READ MORE
CHAIN STORE AGE
“The Future of Commerce 2021” is Shopify’s first annual report, using its global retailer and consumer data to predict changes in the retail landscape during the new year. Analyzing data from Shopify’s more than 1 million global retailers and online surveys of more than consumers in 11 countries (including the U.S. and Canada), the report reveals five key predictions for retailers. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Seeking to reunite with her husband, an Army staff sergeant stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, Lynn Marchessault planned a cross-country, cross-border drive more than 4,000 miles with her two children from her parents’ home in Georgia. But heavy snowfall made the roads treacherous. That was when a good Samaritan, a Canadian Armed Forces veteran named Gary Bath, came to her rescue. READ MORE
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- TGA Joins Hundreds of Others in Urging Congress to Renew GSP Before it Expires (TGA)
- Six Predictions for the Future of Retail (RACONTEUR)
- Audio: Container Shipping Costs Rise Sharply (BBC)
- Americans Are Still Unsure About Holiday Travel. Here’s What That Means for Travel and Hospitality Brands (FORBES)
- Photos Reveal How Much Flying Has Changed Since Its ‘Golden Age’ (CNBC)