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ICYMI – TGA Applauds GSP Travel Goods Decision


As of July 1, thanks to a five-year-long effort by TGA and others, President Trump proclaimed that U.S. travel goods imports from all GSP-eligible countries (see page 12), including the Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka (but NOT China or Vietnam), are now duty-free under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Please contact TGA's Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or if you have questions or would like additional information.

Trump's Impossibly Ambitious Trade Promises


Nearly six months into his presidency – even as Trump's administration speeds into new talks with Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom and other countries – Trump is laying out a timeline that veteran trade negotiators say is impossibly ambitious. READ MORE

7 Smart Suitcases to Streamline Your Summer Travel


Here’s the thing about smart luggage: It might seem like overkill when you buy it, but someday, when you least expect it, you’re going to be awfully happy you did. Travel can be unpredictable – you never know when you’ll be stuck in a foreign country with no charger and a dying phone. But these seven technology-packed suitcases make the journey a little less stressful. READ MORE


Sorry, Instagram. YouTubers Are the Key New Influencers in Travel


Last month at VidCon, an annual gathering of almost 30,000 video creators and fans, every major player in social media announced new initiatives to embrace the next generation of viral video makers. The titans of social media were courting creators, not the other way around, in hopes of expanding their audience engagement through addicting video content. READ MORE

Meet Your New Data-Driven Travel Agent


Unlike big, impersonal online agencies, the best travel agents know a great deal about their clients and their travel choices. Now several new travel companies are creating data-driven, automated agents that rely on users’ personal preferences to make the travel-planning process easier. READ MORE

Your Social Media Marketing Is Only as Good as Your Content


It’s super easy to get caught up in the fanfare of social media and lose sight of what really matters. While pay-per-click ads, profile designs and strategies for amassing thousands of followers are certainly relevant, they aren’t everything. At the end of the day, your ability to profit from social media will only go as far as your content takes you. READ MORE

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5 Different Leadership Styles Every Good Boss Needs to Have


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Man Checks Single Can of Beer as Luggage on Flight


There’s packing light – and then there’s packing light beer. A hop head in Australia checked in a single can of beer as his luggage on a flight – and the airport staff happily tagged the tin and put it on the plane, according to a new report. READ MORE

Secret of Retail Success? Give Shoppers More Things to Do, Not More Things to Buy


Retailers’ success today is not so much what they sell, but how they sell it. Shopper engagement is the buzzword, and creating opportunities for shopper interaction is how to do it. The challenge for retailers is how to make their stores more interactive for the customer, which will increase the time they spend in the store. This is what experience retail is all about. READ MORE