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We Need You to Lobby/Contact Congress to Urge Congress to Approve GSP Renewal/Relief ASAP


We need you, your staff, your colleagues, your friends, and your family to urge Congress to approve the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program this year, or provide immediate reliefIt only takes 2 minutes to send letters to your members of Congress. TGA is also conducting a series of virtual (Zoom) lobbying meetings with Congressional offices on GSP. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman if you are interested in participating in the virtual (Zoom) lobby meetings or would like to learn more. GSP has now been expired for 20 months. Short of renewal, TGA urges Congress to approve GSP “Refund-Only” bill (H.R. 8906), which would immediately refund to TGA members the duties paid on U.S. travel goods imports from GSP countries from January 1, 2021 to August 30, 2022, to provide some immediate relief to our industry as we wait for Congress to conclude its negotiations over TGA renewal. GSP provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for travel goods from developing countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, etc.). Today, GSP countries supply 20% of all U.S. travel goods imports.

The 2023 Travel Goods Show

After Two Years of Shipping Snarls, Things Are Starting to Turn Around


After two years of port congestions and container shortages, disruptions are now easing as Chinese exports slow in light of waning demand from Western economies and softer global economic conditions, logistics data shows. READ MORE

Beijing Backpedaling on Planned Biden-Xi Meeting at G-20


Chinese government officials are stonewalling U.S. efforts to solidify a long-planned face-to-face meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Bali next month. Beijing won’t engage with U.S. officials trying to draft an agenda for the meeting, according to a person familiar with the planning — a move that could prevent it from happening at all. READ MORE

Ocean Freight Rates Are Down, So Why Aren’t Prices on Shelves Dropping?


Businesses are finally getting some relief with supply chain costs. But shoppers probably won’t see any additional savings this holiday season, experts say. READ MORE

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Retailers’ Holiday Wish: That Strapped Shoppers Will Spend


In 2020, it was pandemic closures and social distancing. Last year, it was the supply chain. Now, the problem is demand. For retailers, that may make this holiday season their biggest test yet. READ MORE

Goodbye Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Hello, Luxury Bus?


Start-up travel companies are hoping more Americans will embrace the concept of sleeper and luxury coaches. Just don’t call them buses. READ MORE

Grey Gap Year: The Over-60s with a Taste for Travel on a Budget


Boomers are eschewing the traditional cruise holiday in favor of exploring the world with a backpack or in a camper van. While the stereotype of the boomer traveler is a luxury cruise trip funded by housing market gains, people aged over 60 who spoke to the Guardian felt privileged to be able to take the shoestring approach usually associated with younger people. READ MORE

The Travel Goods HUB

Trade Shows: 8 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Next Event


B2B trade shows are great. When you’re an attendee you can expect a smorgasbord of vendors vying for your attention, and if you’re a vendor, there are plenty of businesses walking right by your booth to turn into fans of your products and services. Regardless of your role, all you have to do is pack a small bag, travel to the venue, and hit the show floor, right? Unfortunately, if you use that approach, it won’t take long to realize that your failure to plan is indeed a plan to fail. Here are eight pro-tested tips to help you get the most out of your trade show attendance. READ MORE

Corporate Travel Returns: The Evolution of Sustainability, Travelers, Ground Transportation, and More


Chris Ely, Research Director at GBTA and Ashley Sulewski, Global Strategic Manager at Uber for Business, discuss travel managers’ thoughts on how ground transportation has evolved post-pandemic in relation to sustainability, managed meal programs, bleisure, and more. READ MORE

Holiday Return Policies: What to Know


Major retailers are already bracing for a tsunami of returns during and after the upcoming holiday shopping season. Stores typically offer free returns for holiday goods albeit with some exceptions. However, some companies are rethinking this strategy amid rising transportation and other inflationary costs. READ MORE

Travel Goods Magazine

How to Audit Social Media Marketing: A 9-Step Checklist


Need to develop a new social media marketing strategy? Wondering how to audit your current social actions to see what’s working and what isn’t? In this article, you’ll discover a nine-step checklist to audit and adjust your social media strategy for the future. READ MORE

Leadership Lessons I Learned from a Baboon


The same principles of nature are true of business and entrepreneurship. It’s harsh. It’s non-stop. It’s unforgiving. And the rules of the game are constantly changing. When you see an impala in the morning, you think, “Good, Mr. Impala, you survived another day,” just as you do each morning when you’re in business. You either adapt to the situation, or you die. It’s that simple. READ MORE


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