Beginning tomorrow, TGA is counting down to the holidays with daily trivia on our Facebook page. The best part? The first person to answer each question correctly will win travel gear, generously donated by our members. If you’d like to donate a product to be awarded to a trivia winner (and shared on our social pages), please contact TGA’s Kate Ryan. Good luck!
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, TGA joined hundreds of other organizations and companies in urging Congress 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, the most current data available, U.S. travel goods imports from GSP countries increased 19.7%, supplying 15.3% of all U.S. travel goods imports.
Joe Biden’s win in the U.S. Presidential election evoked positive response from domestic industry bodies, as expected, but most trade organizations and experts abroad feel the status quo in the U.S. government’s trade policy will more or less continue, albeit with minor alterations. READ MORE
As a result of the pandemic, the cost of global shipping has risen sharply. We spoke to Lori Ann LaRocco, author of Trade War: Containers Don’t Lie, and Nate Herman from the American Apparel and Footwear Association, to discuss the potential impact on shoppers in the run-up to Christmas. READ MORE
Americans Are Still Unsure About Holiday Travel. Here’s What That Means for Travel and Hospitality Brands
For the first time since the pandemic began, Americans are traveling en masse again. Pent up demand will help the industry recover, but smart, customer-centric travel and hospitality brands must focus on nurturing and engaging customers as their needs evolve this holiday season and beyond. READ MORE
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated future retail trends as many businesses rapidly adopt new services and technologies. Small businesses have been forced to develop digital platforms, in-store payments have moved away from cash and orders delivered by drones no longer seem worlds away. So, what will shopping look like in 2021, 2025 and 2030? READ MORE
Commercial air travel has come a long way since the “Golden Age of Travel” – an era marked by glamour, gourmet food and dapper passengers. While complaints about smaller seats and expensive tickets are rife today, a look into the history of commercial aviation shows that today’s customer experience may not be as bad as some believe. READ MORE
TRAVEL + LEISURE
Furry and loyal, our pets are part of our families. So, when we go on adventures near and far, we want to take our four-legged friends along for the journey. As with any other part of pet ownership, preparing for long car or train rides, air travel, or hotel stays requires a little extra research and work before your departure day. Here’s everything you need to know before traveling with pets, including your pre-trekking checklist and veterinarian-approved tips. READ MORE
Amtrak officials maintain that funding is needed to continue focusing on improving future intercity passenger rail service in the wake of the carrier meeting the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Running an independent retail store during a pandemic is, for many small business owners, counterintuitive. They do what they do because they love helping customers find the perfect outfit, or gift, or token of affection. And that’s much harder from behind plexiglass and a mask, and with visitor restrictions in place. But now, with the biggest shopping season of the year underway while COVID-19 cases are surging, independent retailers are pivoting again. For many, that means thinking inside the box – gift boxes, that is. READ MORE
Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple has closed a $350 million funding round from a diverse consortium of strategic investors that include major U.S. corporations in rail, retail and freight, according to sources familiar with the deal. READ MORE
Businesses tend to overlook soft skills and focus on hard skills. Soft skills are the unsung heroes, though, and LinkedIn’s top five were creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, and emotional intelligence. In giving lectures to executives on soft skills, I like to include three others – time management, storytelling, and cultural awareness. Understanding each skill and how to amplify them will give you an edge over your competition. READ MORE
PUBLIC RELATIONS TODAY
2020 has been a challenging year and 2021 promises its own challenges. But let’s not allow that to detract from your personal brand. With that in mind, let’s look at some personal branding tips that will help you to succeed in 2021 and beyond. But first, why should you even care about building a personal brand? READ MORE
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