The 2020 TGA Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone on your list, from travel stocking stuffers, organizers for essential daily commuters, and unique and specialized bags. Do you have a product that would be perfect for our gift guide? Contact TGA’s Kate Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our public relations team will share our 2020 TGA Holiday Gift Guide with the media, as they compose their own holiday gift stories. Read all-digital Travel Goods Showcase for more industry news, product innovation, and smart solutions for retail businesses. READ MORE
TGA is working with the Coalition for GSP to get companies to sign on to a letter urging Congress to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program now, before GSP expires on Dec. 31, 2020. The deadline for signatories is Monday, Nov. 30. The goal is to get thousands of companies from around the country to show Congress their support for GSP renewal. 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.
On Nov. 12, TGA submitted comments opposing punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from Vietnam under the Trump administration’s Section 301 investigation of Vietnam. In the first nine months of 2020, the most current data available, U.S. travel goods imports from Vietnam increased 17.7%, making Vietnam the 2nd largest supplier of travel goods to the U.S. market, supplying 19.0% of all U.S. travel goods imports.
TGA Urges FMC to Stop Unfair Detention/Demurrage Charges at Ports of LA/Long Beach and Port of NY/NJ
On Nov. 16, TGA joined dozens of organizations in urging the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to stop the growing scourge of unfair detention and demurrage charges against cargo owners (manufacturers like you) for delays that are completely out of their control.
President Trump will enact a series of hardline policies during his final 10 weeks to cement his legacy on China, senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the plans tells Axios. He’ll try to make it politically untenable for the Biden administration to change course as China acts aggressively from India to Hong Kong to Taiwan, and the pandemic triggers a second global wave of shutdowns. READ MORE
When President-elect Joe Biden takes over the White House in January, he will face a global economy that has fundamentally shifted over the last four years in part because of President Donald Trump’s grueling trade war with China. But while Biden’s rhetoric about Beijing appears cool, retailers who have been hammered by import tariffs aren’t expecting a sea change in policy. READ MORE
The holiday shopping season remains a bit of a wild card for forecasters as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many parts of the country. One bright note is that the messaging to consumers that shopping early to avoid crowds may have been received as October U.S. retail sales grew for the sixth month in a row, according to the National Retail Federation. READ MORE
TRAVEL + LEISURE
There’s no doubt that this Thanksgiving will look different than previous years. You may not be able to physically sit around a dining table with your loved ones this time, however, Zoom wants to make sure you can at least virtually gather together. In honor of the holiday, Zoom is lifting its 40-minute limit on free video chats for one day only. READ MORE
Just how risky is it to travel for the holidays this year? With rising rates of COVID-19, many experts are recommending a moratorium on holiday gatherings. But for those who are trying to decide whether they still want to travel, smart-thermometer company Kinsa has created predictive COVID-19 risk scores for every county in the U.S. READ MORE
A transatlantic passenger flight that, even in the age of COVID-19, feels safe: United Airlines flight 14 from Newark which landed at Heathrow Airport earlier this week seemed to be exactly that. The flight is the first in a four-week trial by the airline in which passengers and crew are tested before boarding, offering them the reassurance that – at least at time of take-off – no one has the virus. READ MORE
Any sound marketing campaign aims to attract new customers and retain existing ones. Since most people spend a lot of time on social media, it is the ideal place to get their attention. Still not sure where to start? Here is some advice. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
We asked female leaders in crucial disciplines to talk about the role women can have in determining what the world looks like after the pandemic. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Participating in individual winter sports is relatively low risk, since humans aren’t very efficient virus vectors when zooming down mountains in fresh air while wearing goggles, gloves and long boards on their feet that force physical distancing. But then there are the lines, lodges and après spots where the odds of an infection change, and that’s after all the travel that’s often required to get to the destination. READ MORE
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- U.S. Travel Goods Imports Slide in First Nine Months of 2020 Led by Declines in Imports from China (TGA)
- Members, Take Action: Call for Virus-Resistant, Pandemic-Proof Travel Gear (TGA)
- Traveling Companions: What to Grab Before You Go, in a Time of Coronavirus (EXPLORE FLORIDA)
- Don’t Expect a Quick End to Trump’s Trade Wars (POLITICO)
- Tips for How to Travel – and Host Travelers – Safely This Holiday Season (CNBC)