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The HUB reaches thousands of buyers and members of the media. To make sure your company is presented in the best possible light, we are urging you to update your Premium Profile by February 18 so that our next round of Buyer and Media/PR promotions features the latest products and brands the industry has to offer. The HUB is the only dedicated year-round marketplace for travel goods buyers to discover new brands and source the latest products. To make sure you are taking advantage of all Premium Profile benefits, we have provided the following checklist:

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TGA-Supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) Moves in Congress as FMC Considers Action


On February 4, the U.S. House of Representatives approved larger anti-China legislation, the America COMPETES Act, that includes the TGA-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA) (H.R. 4996). The larger legislation will now be reconciled with the Senate anti-China bill. On February 3, OSRA was introduced in the Senate. The legislation would require the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to establish/enforce rules that would end the current shipping crisis, including minimum service requirements for carriers, as well as rules barring contract breaches and excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees. Meanwhile, on February 4, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) requested public comments whether it should make its current interpretive rule on detention and demurrage an enforceable regulation.

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Klobuchar and Thune introduce Ocean Shipping Reform Act in the Senate


Following the passing of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) in December 2021 by the U.S. House of Representatives by a convincing 364-40 vote, the bill was introduced yesterday in the Senate by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator John Thune. READ MORE

China Misses Trade Targets It Promised to Trump


China fell more than $213 billion short of its commitment to increase purchases of U.S. goods and services that it made to then-President Donald Trump in 2020, according to a report released earlier this week. READ MORE

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Counting on ‘Endemic’: The Travel Industry Readies for a New Phase


A growing call to consider the coronavirus a permanent fixture in our lives is resonating among travel operators. But that would not necessarily mean the virus is no longer dangerous. READ MORE

Travel App Sēkr Scores $2.25 Million to Bring Campsite Inventory into the Digital Age


Consumers spent more than $8.5 billion in 2020 on camping reservations across the U.S., but the camping industry itself has yet to be fully digitized. Today, reserving a space at some campgrounds, both public and private, may require a phone call. And the reservation itself is still often recorded using old-school systems, like pen and paper. A startup called Sēkr, which offers a mobile app for outdoor enthusiasts and campers, wants to change that. READ MORE

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Don’t Expect a Huge Crisis Bounceback for Online Travel Agencies This Time


The online travel space has always been super-competitive, but established players like Expedia Group and Booking Holdings face a growing roster of formidable competitors, including hotels, Google and Airbnb. READ MORE

What Retail Has in Store for 2022


A month into the new year, here are some of the top forces impacting retail, the trends we’re watching and predictions for what is to come. READ MORE

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If You Use These 6 Phrases a Lot, You’re a Better Leader Than You Think


To inspire people with words isn’t as easy as merely talking. It takes a very human approach in the way you speak to them. Even if you believe that you’re a good communicator, chances are you’ve run into situations where no matter how clear the message, there’s a disconnect with the other person. Taking into account the countless human interactions during a normal workday, there are certain verbal expressions that may help you increase trust and enhance your relationships. READ MORE

10 Trends Shaping Contactless Tech in Travel


For hotels, contactless guest experiences have shifted from nice-to-have to now being essential to remaining competitive. Hoteliers who aren’t providing digital guest experiences, such as contactless check-in, run the risk of disappointing guests at a time when loyalty is paramount. Meanwhile, they’re missing out on revenue-boosting opportunities and cost-cutting operational efficiencies. As we head into 2022, we’ve identified 10 areas of focus for hoteliers to consider as they consider implementing contactless guest experiences. READ MORE

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New LinkedIn Data Shows the Top Digital Marketing Skills Currently in High Demand


Looking to advance your digital marketing career in 2022? This could help — LinkedIn has shared some new insights into the most in-demand digital marketing skills, based on its job listings and activity, which highlights the key areas of focus that can help you maximize your opportunities in the field. READ MORE

Two Strangers Meet on An Airplane. Four Years Later They Fall in Love


Whenever high school senior Schereéya boarded an airplane, it was with a particular thought in mind: “What if I meet the person I’m going to marry on board?” This is a story worth sharing this Valentine’s Day week. READ MORE


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