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The BAT Is Dead, Long Live Tax Reform


On July 27, the Congressional and administration leaders responsible for crafting the top level principles that will guide tax reform this fall announced that they will not include the TGA-opposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) in any tax plan moving forward. This announcement could not have happened without the efforts of many of you, so thank you. TGA will now work with Congress and the Trump administration on permanent tax reform that simplifies the tax code, lowers burdens for U.S. travel goods companies, supports U.S. jobs, grows the economy, and makes our nation more globally competitive. If health care is any indication, the tax reform talks will be difficult and complicated, and a final tax reform package that can pass Congress and be signed into law by the President is by no means assured. TGA will provide updates as tax reform moves forward.

Trump Plan on China May Come as Soon as This Week


President Donald Trump’s top advisers are huddling behind the scenes in a bid to craft a set of economic measures meant to punish China, two administration officials told POLITICO. Trump’s aides met over the weekend and a final decision is expected as soon as this week, the officials said. READ MORE

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Is ‘Looking Closely’ at Online Sales Taxes


The Trump administration is weighing whether to support online sales taxes that could give state governments greater flexibility in their budgets. Testifying before a Senate panel Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House “is looking very closely at this issue” and that it intends to “come out with a position shortly.” READ MORE


How Tech Can Ease Your Summer Travel


The relaxation you crave from summer vacation can quickly deteriorate into anxiety when things go awry, especially when traveling to an unfamiliar place. Fret not, summer traveler. Here are some tech tools to help simplify your trip, based on tests and some picks from The Wirecutter, the product recommendations site owned by The New York Times. READ MORE

Appear Here – and How Brands Can Rethink Physical Retail


The idea for Appear Here – a platform that matches landlords with vacant physical retail storefronts in high traffic locations to brands that want to rent those spaces on short-term leases to launch new products, test out new retail concepts or simply hawk cool t-shirts – is becoming more relevant in this retail climate. READ MORE

4 Rare (and Brilliant) Things Smart Leaders Do to Get Respect


Think about the great entrepreneurs that fuel success and make the business world go around. The one thing they all have in common is the uncommon respect coming back to them. In researching the best qualities of leaders that get respect from employees, it comes down to what they do from an emotional space – how they make their employees feel. READ MORE

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Flying Is Bad for the Planet. You Can Help Make It Better


If you are like many people, flying may be a large portion of your carbon footprint. Overall, the aviation industry accounts for 11% of all transportation-related emissions in the U.S. If you’re flying, you’re adding a significant amount of planet-warming gases to the atmosphere – there’s no way around it. But there are some ways to make your airplane travel a little bit greener. READ MORE

Business Travelers Hop Off Luggage Carousel, Ship Bags


Airline baggage fees keep increasing, with domestic carriers earning $3.5 billion last year from checked-bag fees. In response, some travelers are turning to online luggage-shipping services such as Luggage Free, Luggage Forward and in search of cheaper prices and other perks. READ MORE