TGA Industry News Briefs


Travel Gear + Luggage at The Inspired Home Show is the biggest new product showcase for travel items, and it starts this week — Saturday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 7 in Chicago. Don’t miss this chance for hands-on experience with this year’s new items and face time with your most critical vendors. Register here and skip the line at McCormick Place.

We Need You! Please Participate in the March 8 GSP Lobby Day in Washington, DC


On March 8, the TGA-supported Coalition for GSP will hold a lobby day visiting Congressional offices in Washington, DC. We will have a full day (8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) of Congressional meetings pushing Congress to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program ASAP, or at least provide a partial refund of duties paid in the interim. Company participation is critical! If we can’t demonstrate a strong show of broad support for GSP, it will be hard to convince Congress to pass GSP renewal this year. TGA plans to participate. But, again, we need YOU, the companies! Register here or contact TGA’s Nate Herman for more information. We have two companies registered — be the third! 

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Labor Talks Casting Long Shadows Over Ports on U.S. Coasts


Following recent news that negotiations between U.S. West Coast terminal operators and dockers had reached agreement on some issues, the International Longshoremen & Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association broke their silence to reassure industry stakeholders that talks were continuing. READ MORE


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Concern Rising Over U.S. West Coast Labor Pact


Uncertainty caused by almost eight months without a labor contract on the U.S. West Coast is resulting in investment decisions that could alter supply chains and end up costing the ocean carriers customers, according to a shipper lobbyist. READ MORE

I Asked ChatGPT to Help Me Plan a Vacation. Here’s What Happened Next


The idea that artificial intelligence chatbots, such as ChatGPT and Bing, can research travel destinations and create itineraries is intriguing, but I’m skeptical too. Do recommendations just scratch the surface — for example, suggesting that I see the Eiffel Tower in Paris? Or can they recommend lesser-known restaurants and handle specific hotel requests too? The answer is: yes and no — at least for ChatGPT. READ MORE

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The Best Waterfall in Every U.S. State


Waterfalls have a somewhat mystical place in our psyche. Raw and enchanting, they make you feel small. And, sometimes the best ones are just fun to check off your travel list. America has more than 17,000 documented waterfalls. Here’s the best waterfall in each U.S. state. READ MORE

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The Best Luggage in 2023


Planning a trip in 2023? Consider investing in a new piece or new set of luggage. We’ve scoured the web and tested out luggage models to find the best luggage deals on soft-sided luggage, carry-on luggage, aluminum luggage and more from top luggage brands. READ MORE

3 Pandemic Retail Tech Trends That Have Lost Their Luster


Almost three years after the pandemic, some retail tech innovations have hit their expiration dates. Instagram said earlier this month that it is ending its live shopping feature that lets users tag products in livestreams. Around the same time, Walmart also announced that it was closing down its last two pickup-only stores. Months earlier, Amazon said that it is putting the brakes on the tests of its home delivery robot Scout. READ MORE

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Why You Should Renew Your Passport Now if You Plan to Travel Abroad This Summer


The State Department is encouraging travelers who plan to go aboard this summer to apply now to renew their passport due to increased wait times. Passports are currently taking eight to 11 weeks for routine service and five to seven weeks for expedited service, which costs an extra $60. The State Department warned the estimates only include processing time and do not include mailing time, which may add several more weeks. READ MORE


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