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ITC Will Begin Accepting MTB Petitions


The U.S. International Trade Commission announced that it will begin accepting petitions for duty-relief in the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). Petitions will be accepted until 5:15 p.m. Eastern time on December 12, 2016. The USITC will only accept petitions submitted electronically via its portal, the MTB Petition System (MTBPS). Petitions for duty suspensions may only be filed by members of the public, or their legal representative, who can demonstrate that they are a likely beneficiary of the duty suspension or reduction. USITC will then manage a 45-day notice and comment period on whether individual requests threaten U.S. domestic producers. READ MORE

John Kasich: Refusing to Ratify TPP Risks America’s Role as the World Leader


Does the U.S. still have the ability – or the will – to be the undisputed global leader, a role it has held since World War II. It’s a question to be answered soon by members of Congress as they approve or reject an initiative to give the U.S. expanded access to 11 countries that represent more than a quarter of the world’s trade. How they vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will affect the course of U.S. security, prosperity and global influence for the rest of the 21st century and determine whether we advance or retreat from our leadership role at a time of worldwide turmoil and uncertainty. READ MORE

White House Puts Forward a Raft of New Air Passenger Protections


Earlier this week, the Obama administration pushed forward several new and proposed regulations that it says will enhance transparency and spur competition in the airline industry. “At the U.S. DOT we are committed to a system of fair treatment and fair play,” the department’s secretary, Anthony Foxx, said during a conference call with the media. READ MORE

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To Open or Not? Inside Stores' Thanksgiving Dilemma


After years of Black Friday’s start time creeping further and further back into Thanksgiving, something of a revolt is unfolding among retailers. It’s a tug of war over Turkey Day between the values of family time enshrined in the holiday and the truly red-blooded American pastime of getting a killer deal. Now retailers are picking sides. READ MORE

In-Room Technology – What Guests and Managers Think Is Important


Hotels now understand that it appears guests see getting a decent (hopefully free) Wi-Fi connection as important as having clean towels and bedding. Yet despite so much of a guest’s entertainment and connection to the outside world coming from using their devices, in-room technology still has a role to play. Hotel tech provider ADB recently carried out a major study into those differences between in-room technology services that are provided by hotels and what guests actually want. READ MORE

5 Ways Social Media Can Help You Travel


When it comes to planning and navigating your trip, guidebooks have started to give way to social media. For searching and crowdsourcing tips, it’s tough to beat the old-guard apps, led by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – all established networks that are easy to use and have a broad reach. Don’t discount travel-focused accounts on Snapchat or niche-focused social apps, though. No matter your preferred network, here are five ways to use social media to get the most out of your next trip. READ MORE

How Donald Trump’s Campaign May Cost His Travel Business


Trump’s presidential campaign could have a lasting, negative impact on his businesses. A recent survey by Travel Weekly found 61% of travel agents have not been recommending Trump-branded hotels and resorts since the billionaire began his run for president. His new hotel is just part of a travel portfolio that includes several U.S. hotels, 17 golf clubs, a winery, and a hotel management and licensing business that exports the Trump name to exotic locations, like Panama and Waikiki. READ MORE

Ten Ways Employers Screen Out the Best Candidates


Sadly, a lot of employers screen out applicants with any hint of creativity, out-of-the-box thinking or a non-standard approach to their careers. Too many employers seek out drones and zombies to fill their open positions. Drones and zombies, of course, are regular people who are beaten down. They no longer trust their instincts. Here are ten ways employers screen out the very candidates who could help them climb out of the 20th-century mindset that doesn’t work anymore. READ MORE

U.S. Travel Gets Political with Ad Campaign


Taking advantage of the international spotlight shining on the third and final 2016 presidential debate in Las Vegas yesterday, U.S. Travel Association has created an advertising campaign to reinforce the value of travel. The campaign stated: “Travel. More than fun. Serious business.” Ads touting travel’s economic impact ran in McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Las Vegas taxis prior to and through the debate. READ MORE

Strange and Spooky: Bizarre Halloween Traditions in Different Parts of The World


With Halloween just around the corner, most people are planning their parties, their costumes or deciding what horror films to watch. But long standing traditions mean some countries celebrate the spooky day a little differently. Language learning app Babbel has rounded up some of the popular ways Halloween is marked across the world – for those in need of international inspiration. READ MORE