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On September 1, TGA joined other industry groups in urging the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to delay the implementation of the sanctions on the Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps (XPCC) from September 30 to January 1, 2021. The letter is not public. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman for a copy of the letter.
On August 28, TGA urged Trump administration support for Congressional renewal of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which provides duty-free access for products from the Caribbean, including Haiti.
Human rights campaigners are calling on U.S. authorities to ban all imports of cotton from the Chinese province of Xinjiang after allegations of widespread forced labor. Two identical petitions, delivered this week to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, cite “substantial evidence” that the Uighur community and other minority groups are being press-ganged into working in the region’s cotton fields. READ MORE
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said in his state of the union address last week that the coronavirus pandemic should be a time to reform Southeast Asia’s largest economy after it contracted by 5.32% in the second quarter, amid fears of an imminent recession. Central to Widodo’s reforms is the Omnibus Law, also known as the jobs creation bill, which would simplify overlapping regulations as a means of attracting more foreign investment and boosting the economy. READ MORE
If 2020 is the lost year for travel, will 2021 be the year of recovery? And if it is, what does that mean for you? “I want to travel as much as I can,” says Gregg Jaden, a photographer based in Manhattan Beach, Calif. “I will be spending more time in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand to make up for lost time.” Travel agents see the same level of enthusiasm. READ MORE
People may question if trade shows will ever return to having the traction they did before all of this began. They may ask, “Can’t businesses just continue with their virtual trade shows and online exhibiting efforts?” Although they could, they won’t. Trade shows and events may take some time to be back where they once were, but venues are doing everything in their power to make sure that they will get back to that place. READ MORE
In the words of Kevin Washington, the first African-American CEO of the YMCA, “it’s a very tricky time” to be in charge. Younger workers today, says Washington, “expect and demand a different kind of leadership. They’re not as patient with the status quo or the hierarchy of an organization or a company.” Leaders already coping with issues that seemed unimaginable just months ago – like figuring out how to protect essential frontline workers, establish millions of home offices and cope with rolling supply-chain disruptions – are now facing pressure to implement truly equitable recruiting, hiring and promotional practices. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“If you’re going to travel outside your house, you’re never going to get the risk to zero,” said Dr. Sandra Albrecht, who is also the chief epidemiologist behind “Dear Pandemic,” a scientific communication effort on social media. “That said, you can travel – you can enjoy your life. But you should also engage in smart behaviors and strategies.” READ MORE
THE WASHINGTON POST
The pandemic has ushered in a new era of shaming. There’s mask shaming, when someone is criticized for wearing or not wearing a mask; social distance shaming, when people are criticized for being too close; even virus shaming, when someone is criticized for getting the coronavirus. And there’s travel shaming. READ MORE
Retail property landlords are initiating eviction and lease-cancellation proceedings across the country as tenants continue to grapple with COVID-19-related losses even after losing government-imposed protections against eviction, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. READ MORE
Social media marketing is about much more than likes and shares. Today’s social media landscape extends well beyond posting a thought or meme and hoping it takes off with your audience. These three kinds of social media marketing should be on your radar if you want to stay current and competitive. READ MORE
THE WASHINGTON POST
Good news for fans of fall – the 2020 fall foliage prediction map is officially out. Guessing when a place will be awash in fall colors can lead to frustration and disappointment if you get there too early and everything is still green, or too late and the trees are bare. To take the guesswork out of trip planning, use the interactive tool from SmokyMountains.com, a site promoting tourism in the Smoky Mountains region, to better time your leaf-peeping. READ MORE
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- COVID-19 Travel Protective Gear (TRAVEL BAGS WITH ANNITA)
- What You Need to Buy If You Have to Get on a Plane Right Now (CNN)
- Don’t Argue with Anti-mask Shoppers, CDC Guides Retail Employees (THE DETROIT NEWS)
- CDC Withdraws Post-Travel Quarantine Recommendations (THE NATIONAL LAW REVIEW)
- 2020 Presidential Tickets: What They Could Mean for Retail (NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION)