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June 2, 2016    
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Did you know TGA members – retailers and manufacturers both – enjoy discount credit card processing and shipping? And that member companies pay 40% less for exhibit space at The International Travel Goods Show? TGA membership also lends more weight to our lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill, which have forestalled costly tariffs and onerous legislation affecting the travel goods business. Member companies can also enlist the help of TGA's own PR department (and our extensive media contacts list) for disseminating product and company news. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702 and learn more about how TGA membership can help your business – and the entire industry – get ahead.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes TSCA Reform


Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576 – The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act of 2015, also known as the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemicals Safety for the 21st Century Act. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks. The TGA-supported legislation regulates the manufacturing, importation, and processing of chemicals, while strengthening the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to evaluate and regulate potentially hazardous chemicals.

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Stores to Live On Despite Retail Woes


According to U.S. mall landlords, the rumors of the death of bricks-and-mortar retail are greatly exaggerated. “There is no question there is a lot of change,” Taubman Centers Inc. Chief Operating Officer Bill Taubman said in an interview at the International Council of Shopping Centers annual convention, which was held in Las Vegas last week. “But retail has always been about evolution. Someone is always bemoaning the change in the market and how it’s impacting things.” READ MORE

Summer Travel Alert Issued for Europe NOLA

The U.S. Department of State issued a travel alert this week to U.S. citizens considering travel to Europe this summer. The travel alert for Europe advises, “The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events.” READ MORE

Too Much Baggage? How to Ship Your Luggage


Last year, airlines in the U.S. made more than $3 billion in fees for checked luggage. But it’s not just the cost that can dampen a family trip; it’s hauling all those bags. Is there an easier way to get clothes, baby food, golf clubs and hiking boots to and from your destination? READ MORE

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World’s Longest Tunnel Opens Deep Beneath Swiss Alps


Seventeen years after construction crews started boring beneath the Swiss Alps, the world's longest, deepest tunnel officially opened yesterday. The 35-mile long tunnel creates a high-speed rail link deep beneath the famous mountain range, connecting northern and southern Europe. READ MORE

4 Reasons Disease Outbreaks Are Erupting Around the World


Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can now spread around the world with greater effectiveness and speed than ever before, and when they turn up unexpectedly in new places, they catch doctors and health systems off guard. Here are four key reasons we’re seeing an uptick in infectious diseases around the world. READ MORE

Signs Point to Demand Slowdown for Hotel Rooms


Industry analysts and lodging consultants say they are seeing signs that the period of growing U.S. room demand that began in the wake of the Great Recession seven years ago might be coming to an end, a result of increasing supply and the growing impact of peer-to-peer services such as Airbnb. READ MORE

9 Social Media Marketing Tools That Are Transforming Their Industries


Social media marketing is a rapidly developing specialty that transforms itself on a regular basis. It’s essential to take advantage of every tool and learning opportunity you have. You need to identify what does and does not work for your brand. Here are nine tools that are expanding the reach and effectiveness of social media marketing. READ MORE

The Secret Treasures of Lost Luggage Land


Most first-time visitors to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, do a double-take. This is typically followed by disbelief (“This is all lost luggage?”), then incredulousness (“How is it legal to sell this stuff?”), and, finally, by a feverish desire to paw through every rack and bin as quickly as possible, lest someone else discover something great before you do. READ MORE

When to Say ‘Yes’ to a Job or Project


People ask me to work on projects and start businesses with them all the time. At least once a week, I get pitched an “irresistible offer.” My default was to say “yes” to everything in the past when I just started as an entrepreneur. Now, I don’t. In fact, I say “no” to almost every offer I get. I don’t know if you should say yes or no to what comes your way, but I think this process may help you in reaching that decision. READ MORE

Calling All Awkward Family Travel Photos


Some of the most memorable moments of a family vacation are also the most awkward. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because what great photos they make! We’re asking you to dig through your archives, and your smart phones, to find and share with us your uncomfortable vacation photos. Why keep these hilarious memories to yourself? READ MORE