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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Stack the Deck for Sales Success in 2018 – While You Can


Space at The 2018 International Travel Goods Show is filling up fast with new exhibitors and new products! This is the world’s largest gathering of travel goods retailers, and you need to be present to show off in front of the people who will make your sales year. The Show will sell out, and you don’t want to be locked out. Contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707, to guarantee you’ll be front and center, before the world’s biggest audience of travel goods buyers.

Trade Bill to Move this Fall to Include GSP Renewal & MTB – We Need Your Help!


Rumors coming out of last week’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiating round in Mexico City is that staff for the key Congressional trade committees have agreed to push a trade package this fall or winter that would include renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program (which expires December 31, 2017), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), and an extension of CBTPA preference benefits. Congressional action this fall is critical to continue duty-free benefits under the GSP program for U.S. travel goods imports from developing countries. We need your help! The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is working with others to get signatures on a dear colleague letter from members of Congress to Congressional leadership urging a vote on GSP renewal ASAP. Please let TGA’s Nate Herman know if you are willing to reach out to your members of Congress to urge them to sign the letter.


The Best Lightweight Luggage


Whether you’re a frequent bag-checker or carry-on devotee, when it comes to luggage, lightweight and durable is always the way to go to minimize overweight fees and bag-stowing injuries, not to mention getting you to your destination far more swiftly. With rolling duffles, spinners, and even a twist on an old-fashioned steamer trunk to choose from, here are the best suitcases to lighten the load, according to Condé Nast Traveler. READ MORE

What Effect Is Donald Trump Really Having on American Tourism?


The U.S. Travel Association says that there are still levers the President can pull to woo foreigners, such as backing “Brand USA,” the country’s tourism marketing organization, and trumpeting open-skies agreements and the visa-waiver program, which allows certain nationalities to enter the country without first obtaining a visa. But up until now the administration’s actions have tended to be more hindrance than help. READ MORE

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How Apps Can Make Your Vacation Better


Forget just taking pictures with your phone’s camera – there are far more creative ways for travelers to use technology to capture memories from their trips, says Dennis Crowley, the co-founder and executive chairman of Foursquare, a company behind two location apps that have 50 million global users a month. “Between various apps and social media platforms, you can preserve experiences of your travels beyond the sights you see.” Here, his tips on how. READ MORE

The Future of Retail Is Tiny Stores Everywhere That Sell Exactly What You Need


Over the last decade or so, as internet shopping has become increasingly simple, many Americans have managed to staunch their impatience to get what they want for slightly less money. If Amazon can sell a pack of AA batteries for $3 cheaper than the grocery store – and you don’t need those batteries immediately – it’s worth waiting. But sometimes you can’t wait two days for your Amazon package to show up. READ MORE

An Update on the REAL ID Act – Is Your State Compliant?


Beginning on January 22, 2018, residents of several U.S. states may not be able to use their driver’s licenses to get through airport security. On that date, the REAL ID Act will go into effect, establishing minimum security standards for sources of identification, including licenses. In short, if your state isn’t compliant with the REAL ID Act, you’ll need an additional form of identification in order to get through airport security. READ MORE

Passing Through Airport Security with the Touch of a Finger


Finding solutions to line fatigue has become a priority for the Transportation Security Administration – and a business opportunity for others. A company called Clear is using fingerprints and iris scans to spare some passengers the first phase of TSA’s security airport screening process – the document-verification checkpoint and its line. READ MORE

6 Social Media Marketing Mishaps to Avoid


Unfortunately, many business decision makers have no idea how to properly leverage social media for success. Mistakes are made and even with the best intentions, social media efforts can be useless and sometimes even harmful. Here are six of the most common social media mishaps to avoid and why hiring a professional may be a sound decision. READ MORE

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Irma


Beginning in the Lesser Antilles last week and on to Florida this past weekend, Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and left destruction in her wake. The Category Five hurricane rendered Barbuda nearly uninhabitable, leveled homes and cut off power in the Virgin Islands, and left St. Barts almost completely isolated from the outside world. The U.N. reports that up to 37 million people were impacted by the superstorm. In the face of tragedy, however, aid from neighbors has allowed these nations to begin the healing process. READ MORE