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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!
U.S.-China Relations: Foreign Firms Slow Expansion Plans with Trade Tensions ‘Very Likely’ to Expand
CHINA MACRO ECONOMY
Trade tensions between China and the U.S. are having an increasingly negative impact on businesses in southern China compared with the past two years, according to a new survey. READ MORE
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
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