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It's Not Too Soon to Set the Stage for 2018


It's a challenging time for retail. Now more than ever, it pays to plan ahead, and one of the smartest things you can do is attend The International Travel Goods Show, February 27-March 1, 2018. The info and connections gleaned from The Show will give you the best perspective on the industry and upcoming products, so you can make the best decisions for your business. The Show is where all the new travel products will be unveiled, it's where the most innovative startups will debut. And it's where you need to be to stay informed. Register now, and we'll see you in Las Vegas!

TGA Urges Congress to Approve Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Before Year End


TGA joined over 200 companies and organizations in urging Congress to approve the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) this year. The bipartisan legislation would temporarily reduce or eliminate import duties on over 1,700 products (both inputs and finished goods) that are not made in the U.S., including a number of travel goods items.

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What to Know About Airlines' New Smart Bag Policies


Just in time for holiday travel and gifts, more airlines have announced restrictions on smart luggage. Following American Airlines' announcement on December 1 that all high-tech suitcases must have a removable battery to be allowed on board, Alaska and Delta have followed suit. According to CNN, United and Southwest will announce similar policies soon. READ MORE

Retailers Still Haven't Caught Up to Millennials


The fall of materialism and the emergence of the experience economy explain some of retail’s woes. Credit or blame millennials, along with an assist from technology. That raises all sorts of questions for that icon of American retailing – the shopping mall. READ MORE


Bulked-up U.S. Travel Wades into Aviation Buzz Saws


The once-sleepy U.S. Travel Association in recent years has thrown money and muscle behind lobbying in a big way – including inserting itself into the buzz saw of several long-running fights with well-established, well-heeled opponents. READ MORE

Tourism Slump a Concern, Even If It's Not All About Trump


The Commerce Department last week confirmed what tour operators and destination marketers already knew: Inbound travel to the U.S. is continuing to fall, in some cases precipitously. "These numbers are an undeniable wake-up call, and correcting this troubling trend needs to become a national priority," stated U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow. READ MORE

Target Snatches Up Shipt to Speed Same-Day Delivery


This week, Target announced the acquisition of same-day delivery platform Shipt for $550 million in cash, one of the largest acquisitions in Target’s history, the company said in a blog post. At launch next spring, Target will offer same-day delivery of groceries, essentials, home, electronics and other products; by the end of 2019, it will include all major product categories, the company said. READ MORE

For the Lowest Airfare, Book a Month Ahead and on a Sunday


Want a cheaper airline ticket? Book at least a month in advance and on a Sunday, a strategy many seem to be employing – at least in part – based on an increasing advance-purchase window. Lower average ticket prices in economy class can most often be found by booking more than 30 days before travel, according to the ARC 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report, a collaboration between ARC and Expedia, Inc. READ MORE

What Are the New Rules for Leadership?


Don’t expect to be comforted by reading Rajeev Peshawaria’s new book, Open Source Leadership (McGraw-Hill). Based on a two-year research study, including a survey of 16,000 people, the book finds many of our most common management practices are out of touch with today’s workers, workplaces and society. READ MORE

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