TGA Industry News Briefs


The Show Schedule Is Live: Time to Go Exploring


The Show is just four weeks away. Now is the time to learn about all of the Show events, education sessions and keynotes. Not only that, but it’s time to mark your calendars for Show experiences created with you in mind and to bookmark the Show schedule for easy reference and to stay up to date as more sessions and events are added. READ MORE

President Biden Targeting Fees in Big Consumer Push on Travel and Credit Cards


Following Southwest Airlines’ quiet expansion of family boarding on some flights to allow families to board together with children up to 13 years old, the Biden administration is looking to expedite banning fees altogether for family members to sit together with young children on planes. READ MORE

3 Takeaways from NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show


The 113th annual convention of the National Retail Federation, NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show, brought together more than 35,000 attendees and 350 speakers at the Javits Center January 15-17 in New York City to discover new inspiration, new tech and new partnerships leading to breakthrough ideas in retail. Here are three takeaways from major retailers on how tech, culture and differentiation are helping them breakthrough in retail, plus what’s new from this year’s programming. READ MORE

Travel Companies Are ‘Greenwashing’ — Here Are 3 Ways to Find Ones That Aren’t


Finding companies that are serious about sustainability isn’t easy, said James Thornton, CEO of tour company Intrepid Travel. “You see hotels saying they’re sustainable, and then you’re using these little travel bottles for shampoos and shower gels. It’s all just ‘greenwashing’” he said, referencing the term that describes companies’ efforts to appear more environmentally sound than they are. READ MORE

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Advisors Optimistic for Future of the Travel Industry


A new survey by host agency Travel Experts found that travel advisors and agents are very excited about the future of the industry. The study found that 100% of advisors said they are optimistic about future business, while another 83% said their client base has increased in the past year. READ MORE

The Mental Health Benefits of Travel


Whether we are healing from pandemic trauma, personal tragedy, or mental or physical health challenges, travel has an ability to positively affect our overall well-being, experts say. READ MORE

Shopping Wait Time Impacting Retailer Revenue


The cost of a shopper waiting in line at a physical store is having a negative impact on company revenues, according to 92% of retailers polled in a research report released by Zippin, a checkout-free solution provider. READ MORE

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‘Phygital’ Retail Experiences? What They Are and Why You Should Care


The early days of ecommerce ushered in a debate that continues today: Does the future of retail lie within brick-and-mortar stores or digital storefronts? The answer — it’s both. “Phygital” retail experiences – in which elements of technology and reality coexist — offer opportunities to fold your customers closer to your business by allowing customers to interact with and purchase from you when, where and how they prefer. READ MORE

Social Media Is Constantly Changing, and the Way Your Company Uses It Also Must Shift


Arik Hanson began consulting in social media marketing in 2009. That makes him “super senior” in a relatively new profession, where five years of experience is more common. Today, Hanson sees organizations scrambling to keep up with an ever-increasing number of platforms — and wonders why. Given Hanson’s experience, these are some of his thoughts on how to approach social media marketing in 2023. READ MORE

Splitit and Ingenico Team up to Develop In-Store BNPL Solution


Ingenico and Splitit are partnering to develop a new in-store BNPL solution. The Paris-based payment technology company announced the partnership with the U.S. buy now, pay later (BNPL) firm in a press release earlier this week, saying that it will “bring one-touch, no-interest, buy now, pay later capability to the physical checkout experience.” READ MORE

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Consumers Should Brace for Continued Supply Chain Disorder in 2023


Disruption and uncertainty have become the new normal for the global supply chain. A majority (82%) of supply chain leaders anticipate challenges will worsen or stay the same during the next 6 to 12 months, according to new survey data from Coupa Software. READ MORE

A Texas Airport Worker Says She Dealt with Lines of Crying Passengers and Around 70 Items of Lost Luggage Every Day During the Holiday Period


A baggage handler at Dallas Fort Worth Airport said she had to grapple with crying passengers and mountains of lost luggage every day over the holiday period. Jamecia Vaughn, who has worked at the Texas airport for a year, said it was her first time working during the festive season. It turned out to be the most challenging time of the year. READ MORE


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