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Your Smart Airfare Window is NOW


With The International Travel Goods Show just six weeks away, this is the optimal time to book airfare to Las Vegas for the industry's best networking event and new products showcase. Here's a sampling of bargain fares we found in the last week:

New York$183Montreal$285
Los Angeles  $77Hong Kong  $582

Book now, and get the best insight into what's happening in the travel goods space – what's working, what's changing, what's new. Join us for the most important event on the industry calendar.

TGA Urges Congress to Renew GSP ASAP


Last week, TGA joined several hundred other trade associations and companies, including many TGA members, in urging Congress to quickly renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Even though TGA, and others, lobbied hard for Congress to renew GSP before GSP expired at the end of last year, Congress adjourned for the holidays without renewing the program. It is likely that Congress will address GSP renewal before this summer. At that time, we expect Congress to "retroactively" renew GSP back to January 1. This CBP advisory provides information on what importers need to do to ensure duty refunds on GSP-eligible shipments once GSP is retroactively renewed by Congress.

White House Preparing for Trade Crackdown


President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to unveil an aggressive trade crackdown in the coming weeks that is likely to include new tariffs aimed at countering China’s and other economic competitors’ alleged unfair trade practices, according to three administration officials. READ MORE

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U.S. Travel Is Launching a Coalition to Break Through to Trump


U.S. Travel plans to launch the Visit U.S. Coalition, a group of organizations representing industries mostly outside of travel, later this month, as reported earlier by the Los Angeles Times. The coalition won’t have any consumer-facing messaging. Rather, the group will be aimed at opening more dialogue with the Trump administration, said Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based association. READ MORE

Starting Jan. 22, Some May Need a Passport for Domestic Air Travel


In some states, a driver's license will no longer cut it for domestic travel as of Jan. 22, thanks to the Real ID Act. Steve Yonkers, the Department of Homeland Security's director of Real ID, confirmed that as of that date, all adults boarding any federally regulated aircraft – including domestic flights – who don't have a Real ID, or an "enhanced ID," will need to show an alternative form of identification (such as a passport, Global Entry card or other acceptable forms of ID) at security – unless they are a resident of a state that has been issued an extension. READ MORE


CES 2018 Report: A New Data Era Will Reshape the Travel Industry


In recent years, upstarts in the travel industry like Airbnb and Uber rode a wave in mobile technology to the forefront of consumer consciousness. At CES 2018, the consumer electronics event in Las Vegas, technology experts on Monday detailed the ways in which these new advances will change how consumers research and buy products. Here’s a look at how four emerging consumer technologies will likely impact the travel industry over the next decade. READ MORE

Last Chance for Big Show Savings


The best promo deal for exhibiting at The International Travel Goods Show closes January 16 – that's less than a week away. This is your chance to mount a multi-pronged promotional campaign at a bargain basement price:

  • Travel Goods Showcase 1/2-page ad in the Show Issue ($2,100 value)
  • Travel Goods Product Guide product placement ($500 value)
  • New Products Pavilion product display ($300 value)

Get the whole package above, a $2,900 value, for $950. That's a savings of $1,950 – 68% off high-profile placement in the best promo vehicles in travel goods.

Make the most of your Show exhibit experience, and get the attention of the best retailers in travel goods. Book now. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702.

Retail Workers' Jobs Are Transforming as Shoppers' Habits Change


With new options and conveniences, there's never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers – well, not always. The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology, and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than 16 million American shelf stockers, salespeople, cashiers and other workers. The shifts are driven, like much in retail, by the Amazon effect – the explosion of online shopping and the related changes in consumer behavior and preferences. READ MORE

This Confidant to Top CEOs Has Surprising Advice About Leadership


Satyen Raja mentors accomplished leaders who have come to the realization that, in fact, something significant is wrong or missing from their lives. High performers seek out Raja's services when they wake up one morning to the harsh realization that the dream of freedom they set out to claim is far from coming to fruition. While many claim that freedom and life balance is impossible for high-profile leaders, Raja teaches that true success is not possible without it. READ MORE

Airlines Turn to Private Messaging to Avoid Social Media Blowups


Nothing has made airline social media managers more nervous over the past decade than a Twitter rant from a customer with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers. But even the most angry travelers are more often taking complaints directly to airlines and bypassing public forums, according to Joshua March, co-founder and CEO of Conversocial, a firm that helps brands craft social media strategies. When airlines respond promptly to private messages on Twitter, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and other channels, customers often no longer see the need to vent publicly, he said. READ MORE

Beware of International Travel Goods Show Scams


Beware of several illegal International Travel Goods Show attendee list solicitations that offer to sell you detailed contact information regarding attendees at The 2018 Show. These solicitations are not unlike those unauthorized attendee list offers and housing scams you may have received in the past, and unfortunately have become all too prevalent in the trade show industry. We advise marking these emails as “spam” since they are scams and have not been authorized by the Travel Goods Association (TGA). In fact, the senders’ underlying web addresses do not exist. We have sent emails to the senders demanding that they immediately cease and desist from any further communications regarding our attendee list since the information they are offering to provide is proprietary and confidential to TGA. And we have stated that should they fail to comply with this demand we will pursue all available legal remedies.

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