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TGA Urges U.S. Senate to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative


On May 8, TGA joined with dozens of other companies and organizations in sending a letter urging the U.S. Senate to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). In addition to being the lead U.S. government negotiator for trade agreements and other trade issues, the new USTR will make the final decision on whether to make U.S. imports of travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)-eligible countries duty-free.

Exploring the First Principles of Trade


May is “World Trade Month,” so it’s a good moment to pause and reflect on the fundamentals of international trade and its importance to American jobs and economic growth. The facts are straightforward: more than 41 million American jobs depend on trade, and exports support about half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs. READ MORE


Cramer Zooms in on Why the United Fiasco Didn't Seem to Hurt the Travel Sector


From President Donald Trump's travel restrictions to the United Airlines fiasco, Jim Cramer figured the $250 billion travel industry could be Wall Street's next big short. But that was not the case. Sharply better-than-expected earnings reports started trickling down from the travel cohort, and soon it became clear that those who bet against it were in trouble. READ MORE

Take the Pledge to Travel Better


Simply by making different choices – better choices – your next journey can help propel local economic growth, preserve natural resources and protect local communities. These “choices” don’t involve turning your trip into a volunteer expedition or even donating to charities (though definitely do those, as well). Instead, they’re about seeking experiences, companies, and destinations that positively affect local people. READ MORE

Tired of Pricing Surprises? Why What We Pay for Travel Services Changes, Sometimes by the Minute


Whether we’re talking about yield management, dynamic pricing or surge pricing (which you hear in connection with ride-sharing services), “it’s called price discrimination, and price discrimination has been around for well over 100 years. It exists whenever two people are charged different prices for essentially the same goods or services and the price difference cannot be justified by cost differences.” READ MORE


Travel Tip: What Long TSA Lines Mean for You


The warnings have already been issued: it’s going to be a tough summer at security checkpoints in many U.S. airports. The TSA is understaffed at a critical time during the high travel season. READ MORE

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How to Choose Between a Backpack and a Suitcase for Travel


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This Harvard Survey Reveals What Most People Miss About Leadership


A recent survey conducted by The Harvard Business Review reveals that autonomy at work (not micromanagement) is the key to employee satisfaction and organizational achievement. This all sounds good on paper, but structure, vision, and process also need to be in place to run an effective organization. So, the question becomes: How do you create a workplace culture that produces results while providing staff with the freedom to do things their way? READ MORE

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Discounters Seen Leading Retail Earnings


After the start of our department stores and specialty softlines group’s calendar first-quarter earnings, we look at several of our names expected to report in the upcoming weeks. We believe off-price remains well-positioned in the current environment and particularly favor TJX and Ross Stores, as well as names with off-price exposure like Nordstrom and Macy’s, given our belief consumers continue to favor the value proposition offered at off-price. READ MORE

How Travel Media Missed the Digital Leap


How we discover, dream, and plan vacations has changed radically as print has given way to digital and desktop gave way to mobile. Lost in much of this are the gatekeepers – legacy print brands on newsstands and in bookstores – which were slow to adapt to the changing media landscape. READ MORE