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It's a New Year. Now is the Time to Shine


The New Year is a traditional time for new beginnings, to make changes for the better and overcome our natural reluctance to try new things. That same attitude is how retailers approach The International Travel Goods Show – it's when they're most receptive to opening new lines, exploring new vendors and finding new ways of doing business. Which makes exhibiting at The Show one of the best ways to spark retailer interest and power your growth in the New Year. Exhibit space is selling at a record pace and all signs are pointing to another sellout. So don't delay – contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707, book your space and make 2017 your year to shine.

19 States Increase Minimum Wage at the Start of 2017


Nineteen states are raising the minimum wage in a shift that stands to lift the income of millions of workers. The minimum wage will be increased in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington to start 2017. Many business owners, however, oppose increasing the minimum wage on the grounds that in some cases it could make it hard for them to turn a profit. READ MORE

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Traveling Abroad in The Age of Trump


As the president-elect prepares to take office Jan. 20, travelers have expressed worries about how they'll be perceived internationally after a lengthy campaign that tested the limits of civility. "A potentially controversial president means you have to prepare," says Colby Martin, an intelligence director for Pinkerton. "Americans traveling abroad need to have a comprehensive plan for staying safe." READ MORE

Your 2017 Travel Forecast


2017 is shaping up to be a year of big change for travelers. In addition to a new president whose policies could affect where and how Americans travel, there are also major changes on the way from leading travel and hospitality brands, including new airplane cabins, hotel loyalty programs and theme park expansions. Here is a guide to what to expect this year. READ MORE

When Business Travelers Waste Travel Managers’ Efforts


Corporate travel policy can only be effective at saving a business money if that policy is effectively communicated with a business traveler. According to new analysis from hotel solutions provider HRS and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, business travelers may have more influence on the shaping of corporate travel policy than a travel manager may want to admit. READ MORE

Why 2017 Will See Desperate Department Stores and Anxious Apparel Chains


It was a hard year for many retailers. continued to run away with the ecommerce prize, and consumers, though in much better shape financially than they have been in many years, are getting increasingly bargain-hungry. The result has been declining sales at many major retailers and store closings by the hundreds. But a new year offers the industry a clean slate, whether it be a new CEO or new initiatives to break that sales skid. READ MORE

7 Big Trends to Expect in Fashion and Retail in 2017


The year of retail’s redefinition is upon us, so says The NPD Group’s retail-industry analyst Marshal Cohen. While 2016 had its bright spots – and was certainly a better year for retail overall than many predicted – fashions firms will bid farewell to the past 12 months as they wait with bated breath for better days to come. Here, Footwear News gets the experts’ takes on the big retail trends that will dominate footwear and apparel in 2017. READ MORE

25 Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet


If you are feeling a rush of New Year euphoria, jump on it – because it won't last! Take a moment or a couple of hours within the next three days to sit down and think about the upcoming year. Create a vision for yourself, looking back twelve months from now. What do you want to be different in your life and career in January 2018? READ MORE

San Diego Airport Program Offsets Flight Miles for Climate Change


San Diego Airport's Good Traveler program has offset approximately 11.5 million flight miles since its establishment in September 2015, the airport announced late last week. Under the Good Traveler program, fliers purchase credits to offset the carbon emissions of their trip. A $1 credit offsets 500 miles of air travel, and money from the offsets goes toward conservation programs in the U.S. and Africa. "With every mile we offset, we're making a tangible contribution to the fight against climate change," said Brendan Reed, San Diego Airport's director of environmental affairs. READ MORE

Analytics and Data Will Change Social Media in 2017


As we begin 2017, we find that social media is on everyone’s lips – but perhaps for different reasons than social media marketers would imagine or prefer. The discussion happening around social media right now is about responsibility and control. As we begin 2017, there are a few pivotal changes we expect to happen to take the industry forward and demonstrate how social media is, and will be, truly critical to businesses. READ MORE