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Promote Your Leisure Travel Items


Work has begun on the upcoming Leisure Travel Issue of Travel Goods Showcase. This is the largest trade magazine in travel goods, reaching the biggest and best retailers online, nationwide and with local influence. There's no better ad placement for your leisure travel items, and no better way to reach the best retail channels. Put this issue to work for you – contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707 and discover how Showcase can become your product showcase.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold travel pill cases, tablet covers, travel bags, handbags, and outdoor bags and accessories in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman,, 202-853-9351.

Retail Trade Group Sees Holiday Sales Rising 3.6% to 4% This Year


Holiday retail sales in November and December – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – are expected to increase as much as 4% this year, reaching up to $682 billion, according to the National Retail Federation, the industry's trade group. In 2016, sales were $655.8 billion. READ MORE

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In Las Vegas, Attractions and Casinos Are Open but the Mood Is Somber


Since Sunday night, the city that never stops partying has turned somber. Travelers reluctant to visit Vegas so soon after the tragedy should check with their airline about relaxed rebooking rules. United, for one, is waiving the change fee for passengers departing through Oct. 6. The carrier will forgo the fare difference if you book the same cabin class and cities and fly by Oct. 13. READ MORE

How the Rollaboard Suitcase Changed Travel Forever


In a time when our phones check us into our flights, vacations are photographed by drone, and travelers cheques have been replaced by Apple Pay, it’s hard to imagine that, not too long ago, a suitcase was a cumbersome item with no stand-up handle to drag it by, and, before 1970, no wheels to glide on at all. READ MORE

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The Big Problem with Shipping Clothes to Small Towns


In New York City, there's shockingly little you can't order online and have delivered to your doorstep in a matter of hours, from the most mundane of household supplies on Amazon to a $12,000 gown from Net-a-Porter. But the extreme conveniences enjoyed by online shoppers in major metropolitan areas don't necessarily extend to those who live in rural or remote locations. READ MORE

Travel Startup Money Is Flowing but the Road to an Exit Is More Distant


Is this an opportune time to be a travel startup? On the one hand, exits for startups that make the cut and even initial public offerings are a protracted endeavor, longer than in previous eras. But big companies that have made a habit out of swallowing smaller ones have plenty of cash to throw at ideas and teams that have the potential to spur disruption in the travel industry, according to a group of venture capitalists. READ MORE

Sellers Struggling to Rebook Guests Waylaid by Storms


For weeks now, travel agents and vacation packagers have been working to rebook hoards of hurricane-impacted travelers who had been scheduled to take vacations to the Caribbean or Florida in the coming days, weeks and months. What they are discovering is that their biggest challenge is finding availability in alternative destinations, especially as the busy holiday season gets underway. Another big challenge, further in the future, will be to persuade travelers to go back to damaged or destroyed destinations once they reopen. READ MORE

Elon Musk’s Ludicrous New Idea: Launching ICBMs Full of People


True to style, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently announced plans to go to the Moon, build a Martian city, and fly from New York to London in 29 minutes. He plans to do all this using a single rocket, colorfully referred to as the BFR. But there still remains one significant problem he’ll need to overcome: The technology required to travel very quickly between two places on earth with a rocket already exists – it is called an intercontinental ballistic missile, or an ICBM. READ MORE

Luxury Brands Are Beating Mass-Market Brands Across Social Media


Luxury campaigns perform better than mass brands’ efforts across social media, influencer marketing agency HelloSociety recently reported. Luxury brands’ performance rates can be as much as 30% higher than mass brands’ efforts on Instagram. On Pinterest, luxury campaigns continue their dominance, generating 17% more engagements per pin, 32% more repins per pin, and 59% more likes per pin than mass brands. Brands are now taking that momentum as a signal to push for even more engagement and stepping beyond simple posts in an effort to drive sales. READ MORE

Here Are Some Alternatives to Uber


When it comes to ride-hailing apps worldwide, Uber may be the most popular brand, but it is by no means the only one. So the 3.5 million people in London who have used Uber in the last three months will have plenty of options to choose from in the wake of the decision by London’s transportation agency not to renew its license to operate there. Here’s a look at Uber alternatives in both London and New York. READ MORE

What CEO Activism Looks Like in the Trump Era


At Weber Shandwick, we’ve been steadily analyzing how CEOs, and companies in general, have responded to each of five controversial Trump administration actions and statements in 2017: the travel ban, withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, barring of transgender service members from the U.S. military, the President’s comment that “many sides” were to blame for the death of a woman at a Charlottesville, Virginia protest, and the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Company responses have not followed a uniform playbook. READ MORE