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TGA Industry News Briefs
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TGA Announces 2018 Community Service Award Winners:
United By Blue and YaY Novelty


It’s a year of firsts, and the TGA Awards Committee is delighted to announce TWO Community Service Award winners, both doing good in the industry and their communities at large.


United By Blue is dedicated to making the world trash-free and removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways for every product sold. They don’t accomplish their ambitious goal by writing checks or accepting donations, but by rallying their team and like-minded volunteers to pick up plastic bottles, tires, appliances, and even abandoned trucks from rivers, streams, creeks, and beaches. Since their start in 2010, United By Blue has hosted 202 clean-ups and removed 1,039,456 pounds of trash across 27 states and counting.


YaY Novelty’s business model incorporates philanthropy into each layer of their company. Founded by Cambodian genocide survivor Sunchea Phou, YaY Novelty funds the Year Zero Foundation, also started by Phou, which provides clean water, medicine and education in Cambodia. YaY Novelty’s production line here in the U.S. provides at-home employment opportunities for women who may not be employable otherwise, due to limited English skills or their need for childcare.


Also celebrated at the TGA Awards Ceremony will be the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners of the Product Innovation Award and, for the first time, the winners of the Best Booth and Buzz Awards. Join us on Wednesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center to honor the people, companies and products that are changing travel and making the world a better and more portable place.

Show Off in the Most-Visited Show Booth


With thousands of items – and hundreds of exhibitors all clamoring for attention – it's important to stand out at The International Travel Goods Show. Make sure your new products are seen: Exhibit in the New Products Pavilion, the most-visited part of The Show. This is where most retailers and media start their floor walks, and how they decide which booths they must see. There's still space available – contact Cathy Trecartin now, and get in on this unbeatable product placement: 877-842-1938, x-702;

House Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB)


On January 16, the House unanimously approved the TGA-supported Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) (H.R. 4318) by a vote of 402 to zero. The MTB, if approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, would temporarily reduce or eliminate duties on U.S. imports of dozens of travel goods items through December 31, 2020. Although there is strong support for the MTB in the Senate, it is more likely that the MTB, together with the expired Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program and other trade measures, will be packaged with a still evolving budget deal that will be considered in February. The situation is constantly, and quickly shifting, as the Congressional leadership determines the best way to juggle and advance competing priorities, including MTB and GSP.

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Did Trump Just Start a Trade War with China?


Trump has long complained about lop-sided trade with countries such as China and South Korea, saying it hurts American workers. But during his first year in the White House, he largely held off on threats to put up new barriers. That changed this week with the announcement of tariffs, which the U.S. government said are aimed at protecting American companies from cheap foreign imports. Trump is also due to decide on measures against steel and aluminum imports in the coming months. READ MORE

Ulta, Dollar Tree, and T.J. Maxx Are Winning the Retail Game


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4 Ways to Apply Data Science to Social Media Marketing in 2018


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Get Real: Go Beyond Virtual and Search


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Best Travel Sites for Businesses


All travel sites, essentially, compare prices from multiple sources to offer you the best deals. Which platform you use depends largely on what works best for you. While scheduling all business trips in advance would be ideal, it's never that easy. Luckily there are some websites and apps that specialize in this exact scenario: getting you to where you need to go at the last minute for a low price. READ MORE

How Business Travel Trends Might Affect Your Bottom Line in 2018


As a general rule, travel moves in slow, easy to predict waves. There are smaller spikes around certain occasions (Easter, Thanksgiving), but for the majority, people travel for leisure around Christmastime and in the summer. If only business travel was so simple. The trends are not always so cut and dry. READ MORE

6 Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership


What will it take to be a great leader in the future? Listen to Angelia Herrin, special projects editor for Harvard Business Review, interview Dr. Terri Cooper, principal and chief inclusion officer of Deloitte Consulting, as she discusses six attributes of leaders who display the ability to not only embrace individual differences, but to potentially leverage them for competitive advantage. READ MORE

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