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Thinking Beyond Themselves


Generosity may be its own reward, but that doesn't mean it should go unrecognized. We're blessed with an industry that values altruism, with people and companies who act for the greater good. Past winners range from individuals volunteering in homeless shelters to companies that close down for a day to take action in the local community. Please help us recognize a real hero – nominate someone who thinks, and acts, beyond themselves. Please note: the nomination deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – so don't delay, fill out that Community Service Award nomination form today.

Call to Action! Oppose the Border Adjustability Tax (BAT)


The fight over the House Republican proposal to impose a new border adjustability tax (BAT) as part of larger corporate tax reform has heated up over the last week. The new TGA-supported Americans for Affordable Products Coalition has hit the ground running, informing American consumers, the Trump administration, and Congress on the negative impact of the proposed BAT. We need you to join the thousands of people who have already contacted their members of Congress in opposition to the BAT. We need you – and all of your colleagues – to send as many emails as possible to convince Congress that this is a bad idea. To contact your members of Congress, click here. It only takes a few minutes.

House GOP Border Tax Is a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing


House Republicans’ proposed 20% border adjustment tax is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – a tariff disguised as a tax. If they think it will withstand a challenge in the World Trade Organization, they’re probably in for a surprise. It’s more likely to start a trade war. READ MORE

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Trump's Foreign Travel Is Causing Headaches Abroad


Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is forcing foreign leaders to grapple with an extraordinary question: Is it worth the political risk to invite him for a visit? “It’s really risky territory for these foreign leaders who are trying to host Trump,” said Thomas Wright, director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. “He’s a guy who takes everything personally. He’s looking at a huge protest wherever he goes. He may blame the leaders, and he may just blame the country.” READ MORE

Real ID Suddenly Feels More Real


Under a new tough-talking president and his administration, the opposition to the Real ID Act appears to be crumbling. For the past year, the Department of State has been reminding eight states and their travelers that their drivers’ licenses do not meet federal requirements, and that in exactly one year from now they will not be accepted as identification for travelers trying to board international flights. READ MORE

The Airport Lounge Scene: What You Get and How to Get In


To state the obvious, most airport lounges are not as upscale. Happily, not all are strictly for first-class travelers. In some lounges you can get spa treatments and dine on white tablecloths. In others, you’re lucky if you score a chair and a banana. When is it worth the price of admission? What are the must-see lounges? How do you get in? What’s new? For many travelers, this is intriguing yet unknown territory. READ MORE

Travel Industry on Edge as U.S. Visa Policy Upends Flight Plans


When the U.S. government advises its citizens against traveling abroad, it often has a chilling effect on that country’s tourism industry. Now America may be entering a freeze of its own, as the fallout from its new visa and immigration policy has globetrotters anxious about traveling to and from the U.S. READ MORE

Are Your Employees on Social Media? Here Are 4 Reasons They Should Be


As an entrepreneur and leader of a team, you may feel that you need to check to make sure your employees aren’t wasting time with social media. That exercise is even more important now that your bottom line profit is tied to these individuals' productivity. But here’s an interesting question for you: Is social media really that meaningless a distraction? It certainly can be, but in many ways, your employees’ social media usage can actually be a boon for your business. Here’s how. READ MORE

The Importance of America's National Parks and Open Spaces


Early this year, the 115th Congress met for their first session and voted on changes to the rules for the House of Representatives. Among those rules is a section on the “Treatment of Conveyances of Federal Land.” What does this mean? The new rule authorizes the transfer of federal lands to states, local government, or tribal entities without affecting the federal budget. READ MORE

5 Basic Ingredients for Effective Leadership


Leadership, at its heart, comes down to how well you’re able to connect with people. It doesn’t matter how much education or business training you have. Some of the world’s best leaders have had little to no education – Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Mark Twain, just to name a few. It’s simple. If you are unable to connect to people on a basic level, you won’t be a good leader. READ MORE