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If you want your press release on the most broadcast networks, make sure it’s going out on the biggest network, in front of the most eyeballs. TGA has cultivated relationships with dozens upon dozens of mainstream TV personalities, cable broadcasters, radio journalists and travel bloggers with big followings – and we’ll help distribute your news. Please be sure to include Kate Ryan,, 774-929-5223, to leverage our connections and garner the most coverage for you.

We Need Your Help! Tell Congress to Renew the GSP Program Before It Expires


Thanks to a five-year-long effort by TGA and others, U.S. travel goods imports from all GSP-eligible countries (see “General Notes,” Pages 11-13), 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. The newfound benefits might be short lived, however, if Congress does not renew the overall GSP program before it expires on December 31, 2017. We need your help! Contact your members of Congress (it only takes a few minutes) and please contact TGA's Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or to learn about other ways you can help.


Doomed to Repeat It: The Long History of America’s Protectionist Failures


The recent rise in American economic nationalism has accompanied the view that past restrictions on foreign competition were successful in achieving stated policy objectives: decreased imports, increased jobs, industrial revival, open foreign markets, and economic prosperity more broadly. Politicians and pundits use such assertions to justify new nationalist economic proposals, but they ignore a vast repository of academic analyses and contemporaneous reporting that show that American trade protectionism – even in the periods most often cited as “successes” – not only has imposed immense economic costs on American consumers and the broader economy, but also has failed to achieve its primary policy aims and fostered political dysfunction along the way. READ MORE

Smaller Retailers Innovating to Keep Customers


Smaller retailers are experimenting with strategies to boost business during the final months of the year and the coming holiday season. For example, Marcia Feller is looking to draw customers to her Couleur Collection shop in Falmouth, Maine, by holding classes and displaying pieces made by local artists. READ MORE

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Want to Travel for the Holidays? Save Money by Booking Thanksgiving Flights Now


If your summer holiday has already come and gone, then it may be the perfect time to start planning some Thanksgiving or Christmas travel. Not only will making plans now give American travelers something to look forward to, but has released flight data that shows booking holiday travel early can lead to some significant savings. READ MORE

Retail Sales Are Down: Blame the Tourists


Just in time for the holiday rush, retailers are dealing with a decline in shoppers from overseas. Multiple marketers, including Macy's, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co., cited drops in tourist traffic and same-store sales on recent earnings calls. READ MORE

Warming Trend: As Mercury Rises, Airline Operations May Be Impacted


Research shows that the increase in especially hot days that many scientists attribute to global warming is also having a significant impact on the number of flights that must be weight-restricted at vulnerable airports. And the increase in weight-restricted flights is only expected to continue as the climate warms further, taking a bite out of airline profit margins along the way. READ MORE

10 Important Skills All Good Leaders Share


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easyJet Launches Hands-Free Luggage Option


Budget airline easyJet is launching a new service which allows passengers to check-in their carry-on luggage. The “hands free” option will cost £4 per person and is designed to encourage people to leave items at the airport bag drop area before they go through security. The airline says it hopes the move will give passengers a stress-free travel experience, as they will be able to go through security without luggage and will not need to carry bags through the airport. READ MORE