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The New Products Pavilion is the premier spot for landing new retail accounts and media coverage, and a proven way to drive traffic to your booth. It's the most-visited part of The International Travel Goods Show – what attendees see here has a profound influence on their Show strategy. Exhibiting in the New Products Pavilion is also your gateway for entry to the TGA Product Innovation Award and Buzz Award, which can provide a consumer-level sales kick to help launch your 2017 season. Sign up now, and make the most of your Show experience.

As Opposition to Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) Starts to Have Impact, TGA Needs You to Step Up


Thanks to the ongoing lobbying and public relations campaign by TGA and many others, including a great “infomercial” before last week’s Saturday Night Live show, opposition is starting to build among members of Congress and elsewhere to the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). We need you to step up and help us stop this bad idea once and for all. First, we need you – and all of your colleagues – to send as many emails as possible to convince Congress that the BAT tax is a bad idea. To contact your members of Congress, click here. It only takes a few minutes. Second, if you are willing to talk to the press about how the BAT would negatively impact your company, your workers, and your consumers, we can help you! Contact TGA’s Nate Herman for more information.

Retailers Had a Dismal Christmas and Now Comes Ryan’s Import Tax


The Republican House Speaker is pushing a corporate tax overhaul that would make imports more expensive, according to the retail industry. If that comes to pass, it would drastically cut into the already-thin profit margins of chains like Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that sell loads of foreign-made goods. READ MORE


Building Trade Walls


President Trump’s advisers and allies are pushing an ambitious idea: Remake American trade. They are considering sweeping aside decades of policy and rethinking how the U.S. looks at trade with every country. Essentially, after years of criticizing China and much of Europe for the way they handle imports and exports, these officials want to copy them. READ MORE

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Americans May Soon Need Visas to Visit Europe


Traveling to Europe may soon require a lot more than just booking a flight. According to The New York Times, European Union lawmakers voted last week to deny U.S. travelers visa-free access to all EU member states. With the move, the European Commission has license to act if the U.S. doesn't change its policy within two months. But what does this actually mean for Americans – and why is it happening now? READ MORE

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Travel Industry Still Concerned About Travel Ban


U.S. Travel Association chief Roger Dow said earlier this week that the Trump administration's new travel ban failed to "differentiate between the potential security risks targeted by the order and the legitimate business and leisure visitors from overseas who support 15.1 million American jobs.” READ MORE

TSA Bracing for Record Spring Break Travel Volume


The Transportation Security Administration is prepared for the start of the Spring Break travel period, which typically begins in late February and continues into April. TSA will screen approximately 62 million travelers at airports nationwide in March alone. READ MORE

Hoteliers Must Adapt, Make Long-Term Investments


General overall optimism with a slight edginess about the future fueled the discussions during the opening day of the 20th annual International Hotel Investment Forum. More than 2,000 attendees crowded the Hotel InterContinental Berlin to take in a program of all general sessions that looked back on the past two decades in the industry and pushed speakers on the docket to gaze into their crystal balls for the next 20 years. READ MORE

Is Snapchat Marketing the Right Social Media Platform for Your Brand?


If you’re considering Snapchat marketing for your brand, how do you know if it’s the right allocation of your budget? While there is no "one-size-fits-all" response to this question, there are certain points we can raise and facts to consider that can help shape your decision on whether to include Snapchat as part of your social media marketing. READ MORE

Focus on Culinary Travel


According to Destination Analysts' quarterly report, "The State of the American Traveler," more than half of millennials won't visit a destination that lacks good restaurants, and 62% said that unique, special or interesting culinary travel experiences are "very important" to them, expressing more interest than either Generation X or baby boomers in those categories. READ MORE

What TSA's New 'Intimate' Pat-downs Will Mean for Travelers


The TSA informed employees and flight crews Thursday that the agency will begin conducting more intimate body searches of air passengers, Bloomberg reported. The agency was vague on the details of what this new approach would entail, telling Bloomberg that the searches would be “more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before.” READ MORE

The Most Powerful Leadership Tool You Have: Your Own Example


If you’re careless in your relationships and interactions with people, your example isn’t going to be one that anyone wants to imitate. Instead, leading by example requires you to be self-aware and work toward setting an example that your team members (and even your peers or competitors) are excited to follow. Your own example is the most powerful leadership tool you have. If you want to strengthen that tool, here are five things you can do. READ MORE