TGA Industry News Briefs


There’s Strength in Numbers. Advocacy and Inspiration, Too


Americans continue to dream about traveling and manufacturers continue to create and innovate travel goods and gear. Show your support for our industry and further strengthen our association with your membership. The payoff? Support for and promotion of TGA members and their products, advocacy on members’ behalf, relationship building, new opportunities and inspiration. Lots of inspiration. Now is the time to join or renew. For more information, contact Cathy Trecartin at or 877-842-1938, x-702.

Rail Strike Averted


On December 2, President Biden signed into law TGA-supported legislation to impose a rail-labor contract and avert a rail strike. While the immediate threat of a rail strike is over, many issues remain, including continuing worker upset over the paid sick leave issues, worker shortages, and ongoing congestion.

TGA Urges Congress to Renew GSP


On November 30, TGA joined over 300 organizations, including many TGA members, in urging Congress to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. If not possible, the letter urges Congress to approve the 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 GSP 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.

U.S. Manufacturing Orders from China Down 40% in Unrelenting Demand Collapse


U.S. logistics managers are bracing for delays in the delivery of goods from China in early January as a result of canceled sailings of container ships and rollovers of exports by ocean carriers. READ MORE

Beijing Drops COVID Testing Burden as Wider Easing Beckons


Residents of China’s capital were allowed into parks, supermarkets, offices and airports without a negative COVID-19 test on Tuesday, the latest in a mix of easing steps nationwide after unprecedented protests against a tough zero-COVID policy. READ MORE

37 Gifts Our Favorite Women Travelers Want for the Holidays


The holiday season is upon us — and whether that means you’re traveling to see loved ones or hunkering down for a staycation at home, you’re likely feeling the need to secure a few really great gifts for the discerning women travelers in your life. It’s an art, after all: You want to give your loved ones something meaningful that they don’t already have but that you know they’ll love. So, as we do every year here at Women Who Travel, we asked some of our favorite female travelers to share their best holiday gift ideas — what they’re giving, and what they hope to get. READ MORE

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A Tried and Tested Packing List for Your Travel Destination


There are travel essentials that make the most of your flight, and then there’s the gear you need to make the most of your destination. We asked Matt Sayles, a photographer with more passport stamps than he has cameras, to help curate a list of the latter. When Matt’s not traveling for work, he and his family explore the world, so he knows a thing or two about picking the right travel gear. READ MORE

Empathetic Leadership: It’s Not Just a Buzzword


We’ve all heard of the soft skill “works well with others.” But what does that mean? And what role does empathy play in it? In today’s world, being a successful leader is more than simply focusing on the big picture and ROI. It often means managing diverse teams across a spectrum of circumstances. Empathy has evolved from being a “nice to have” to an imperative for effective leadership. Empathetic leadership allows teams to thrive during times of disruption and fosters a sense of belonging with employees. READ MORE

The Big Retail Winners and Losers from the 2022 Thanksgiving Weekend


The 2022 Thanksgiving weekend holiday shopping saga continues to have resounding consequences across retail, proving to be a winning weekend for in-store and ecommerce sales. But did everyone win in the same fashion? READ MORE

The Travel Goods HUB

5 Emerging Work Trends in 2023


Flexible work, four-day work weeks and non-traditional career paths, these are some of the career trends that are expected to take off in 2023. READ MORE

Deadline for REAL ID Extended, Giving U.S. Air Travelers a Reprieve


The U.S. federal government has yet again delayed nationwide security requirements for driver’s licenses and other identification cards, giving states more time to issue REAL IDs to residents. The identification requirements were expected to kick in this coming spring. But they will be delayed another two years until May 7, 2025. That’s another 883 days away. READ MORE

Our Predictions for Social Media Marketing in 2023


As 2022 comes to an end, you may be in the position to start working on your social media marketing strategy for 2023. Facebook and Instagram have seen a slow decline in usage while Twitter battles through Elon Musk’s takeover. TikTok continues to gain traction, as more and more businesses are focusing on short-form video content. With so much going on at once, it can be difficult to know what’s to come, but here are our predictions for what we’ll see in 2023. READ MORE

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I Take a Week of ‘Vacation’ Every Month to Travel the World Without Telling My Boss — And I’ll Keep Doing It Even If I Get Caught


With the rise of remote work during the pandemic, some workers are choosing to travel and live abroad more. Insider recently spoke to a 38-year-old who travels for a week each month without telling their job. “I used to only travel once or twice per year,” they told Insider. “But I’ve found a way to make my love for travel and my job work together.” READ MORE

The Benefits of Compression Socks for Travel, Work and More, According to Experts


If you’ve ever noticed that your legs or feet feel swollen and uncomfortable during a long flight or after a day on your feet, you might benefit from adding a pair of compression socks to your closet. READ MORE

Travel Ace Shares Luggage Hacks to Avoid Losing Bags at the Airport


Baggage pick-up can be a stressful experience, especially if you don’t see your luggage after a good amount of time. It can also be tricky to spot your bag if you’ve opted for a black suitcase that looks like the majority of the others. Lamia Walker — founder and CEO of — shared some of the top luggage tricks that she has picked up during her time traveling to look after people’s homes abroad. READ MORE


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