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PR Access to More Than 2.6 Million Consumers


Let TGA help maximize your PR impact. In just the past few weeks, TGA's PR outreach has managed product placements for Briggs & Riley, Delsey, Genius Pack, Lojel, Occles and Zumer with Real Simple magazine, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Toronto Star and Practical Travel Gear. That's more than 2.6 million readers, which adds up to a lot of consumer exposure. If you want some of that PR horsepower for yourself all you need to do is include TGA in your PR distribution list. Contact Kate Ryan, 774-929-5223, and make sure she's up to speed on your company's newest wares.

Show Your Support for TPP as Kids Go Back to School


TGA urges members to join a multi-organization, multi-company sign-on letter to Congress in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. The letter will be released during the week of September 5 to use the “Back to School” theme to talk about how TPP (and trade in general) can help benefit consumers as they are stocking up on travel goods during Back to School season. If you would like to sign on, please do NOT send the letter out directly. Rather, please advise TGA’s Nate Herman how you want your organization’s name(s) to appear on the letter. Please feel free to add in any names of constituent brands as well as your corporate name. The deadline for companies to be added to the letter is September 2, 2016.

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TGA Pressure Leads to New GSP Travel Goods Process


On August 25, the Obama Administration published in the Federal Register notice that sets out a process to consider TGA's request to designate all 28 travel goods categories for the rest of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) beneficiary developing countries (BDCs). The Federal Register notice lays out a process and timetable for further consideration. The notice also states the Administration’s intention to complete this review by January 2017 after strong and unified reaction from the industry, the Hill, and the Diplomatic community. We are working with the broader coalition to coordinate responses to this new process. Stay tuned for further information.

18 Startups Poised to Disrupt and Drive the Future of Retail


For the second year in a row, attendees at NRFtech heard from 18 startups as a part of the “Tour of the Possible” program, curated by Iterate Studio, a marketplace of startups indexing more than 135,000 companies focused on digital innovation. Here’s a list of the 18 startups, who they are, what they do and why you should care. READ MORE

Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks Service


As the Marriott acquisition of Starwood nears completion, corporate travel experts say companies may need to think outside the behemoth to save money – and get better at forcing travelers to comply with travel policies. While the $12.2 billion deal is taking longer than expected to close, thanks to a request for additional review time by Chinese authorities, travel management companies and corporations are already considering the repercussions of two competitors joining forces to become the world’s largest hotel company. READ MORE

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Chip Technology Keeps Checked Luggage in Check


Widespread adoption of radio chip tags in the air travel industry has not been easy to achieve, despite the efforts of the International Air Transport Association, a trade group. It has set a deadline of summer 2018 when all 265 member airlines should be able to track and fully trace bags – not only on their own flights, but also when passengers connect to other carriers. READ MORE

Blame Airlines, Not Weather, for Most U.S. Flight Delays


Airline miscues – such as the computer glitches that grounded hundreds of thousands of passengers this summer – are now the biggest cause of flight delays in the U.S. Late arrivals triggered by mechanical breakdowns, a lack of flight crews, and other factors attributed to the airlines were the largest category of delay last year for just the second time, and by the widest margin, since the government began collecting such data in 2003. READ MORE

Labor Day 2016: Travel Deals Better When Going Early


Labor Day 2016 is on September 5. There’s still a week and a half until the long holiday weekend, but you should book your flights and airline tickets now as Labor Day travel sales are already underway. According to Expedia, the best time to go on Labor Day vacation is on Wednesday, August 31 or Thursday, September 1. If possible, avoid the Friday before Labor Day to travel. Not only are airports less busy mid-week, airfare and vacation packages are cheaper as well. READ MORE

Quick Action by TSA and Lawmakers Has Reduced Security Lines at Airports


In early May, as long TSA screening lines were starting to make daily national news, the peak wait time at Chicago O'Hare airport hit 104 minutes, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. By mid-July, Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson stated that more than 90% of the public was waiting in lines for less than 15 minutes. "It has truly been a collaborative effort between the airports, TSA and the airlines," said Christopher Bidwell, VP for security at the trade group Airports Council International – North America. READ MORE

Tech Industry Says Homeland Security's Social Media Plan Is a Bad Idea


A proposal to collect travelers’ social media information is under fire from tech companies and civil rights groups, which claim the scheme is half-baked and will lead to a loss of privacy. The plan, first floated months ago by Homeland Security, calls for visitors arriving in the U.S. to add a “social media identifier” to forms they fill out upon entering the country. READ MORE

These Airlines Are Making It Easier to Share Miles


It is nearly a given in the world of loyalty programs that things can only get worse. Every change that a travel company or a retailer refers to as an enhancement, it seems, will actually mean that you earn fewer points, need more of them to earn rewards, or have less flexibility in redeeming them. So let us pause to consider an unheralded effort at a few of the smaller airlines that helps customers earn free seats many times faster than they used to, and without charging them for the privilege. READ MORE

18 Free Tools for Social Media Analytics


If you’re interested in tracking a social media audience, you can find plenty of help with a variety of free social media analytics tools. There are tools to track your social media performance, monitor your competitors, discover trending topics, get helpful suggestions on how to improve your social media pages, and more. All of these tools are free, though several offer additional premium plans. Here is a list of useful tools for social media analytics. READ MORE

3 Smart Steps to Take If You're More Qualified Than Your Boss


So, you feel like you could be doing a better job leading than your boss? Before you throw in the towel or demand change, there are three things you should do first to better the situation. Because the real bottom line is that if you continue to think this way, you’ll just enter into a downward spiral that gets harder and harder to recover from. READ MORE