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Skip the Line, Register for Badges NOW


Maximize your productive time at The International Travel Goods Show – register for your badge now, and walk right into The Show without waiting in line to get credentialed at the door. Those precious minutes saved by registering ahead could become an extra handshake, another conversation, one of those serendipitous connections that leads to something good for your business. And if you haven't committed to attending The Show yet, here are plenty of reasons to be present at the most important event on the industry calendar.

Last Chance for Maximum Exposure and Engagement


Build exposure and engagement at The International Travel Goods Show – showcase your newest items in the New Products Pavilion, the most attention-getting booth at The Show. This is the first stop for retailers, press and media personalities who are on the prowl for the latest and greatest. Catching their attention here virtually guarantees a visit – and meaningful interaction – at your booth. So don't just display at The Show; take part in the New Products Pavilion and engage. Space is limited, and there's less than a week until New Products Pavilion reservations are closed, so make your move now. Contact Cathy Trecartin and get on board: 877-842-1938, x-702;

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold smartphone cases, backpacks, travel kits, travel bottle sets (Notice #1, Notice #2), cosmetic bags, and spa bags in California that contained Bisphenol A (BPA), Diisononyl phthalate (DINP), and/or di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) 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.

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Trucking Capacity Crunch Leading to Record Freight Rates


There is increasing evidence that the supply of trucks available to move freight is outpacing demand, based on a flurry of recently released reports – but it’s also helping push freight rates higher. ACT Research reported last week that its For-Hire Trucking Index rose faster than the capacity index in each of the last 12 months, allowing the supply-demand balance to climb to the highest reading this index has ever recorded. READ MORE


Big Year for the Big Game: Consumers to Spend $15.3 Billion on 2018 Super Bowl


American adults are expected to spend an average $81.17 for a total of $15.3 billion as an estimated 188.5 million people watch the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Projected viewership is the same as last year, but total spending is up 8.5% from $14.1 billion in 2017. READ MORE

Why Macy's Departing Chairman Thinks the Chain Has Turned a Corner


Macy’s was among the many retailers to report sales gains for the holiday season, stoking renewed hope the retail industry is finally learning to combat and finding its footing again. The numbers, which put the department store chain on track to post its first quarter of comparable sales growth in three years, are the start of an awaited payoff to years of investment in Macy’s e-commerce firepower, says Macy’s departing executive chairman and former long-time CEO Terry Lundgren. READ MORE

He Left Morgan Stanley to be a Travel Blogger. Now He Has More Than 20 Employees


In 2010, while working at Morgan Stanley, Brian Kelly started his blog, The Points Guy, to help his readers maximize their airline points. Fast forward to today, and Kelly oversees more than 20 full-time staff, 50 global contributors and his platform boasts more than two million followers on social media. Here's Kelly's 7 tips to success and making the leap. READ MORE

If Authenticity Is Your Goal, Visit a Second City Instead of a Capital


Ask someone to name all the foreign cities they’ve visited, and it’s likely that they’ll rattle off a list of capital cities or well-trodden tourist hubs. This is, of course, understandable. These population centers tend to be the easiest to fly in and out of, house the famous sights travelers want to see, and are full of accommodation options. And yet – that’s exactly why you should avoid them. READ MORE

What Are the Most Popular Travel Apps?


What travel mobile apps do business travelers most love to use? According to Okta, which provides secure means to access devices and apps for business ranging from a few employees to tens of thousands, frequent travelers gravitate towards certain airline and hotel apps more than others. Here is the complete list, based on data analyzed by Okta from Nov. 1, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2017. READ MORE

Bezos, Buffett or Branson: What Kind of Leader Are You?


What is it that unites the likes of Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Richard Branson and has enabled them to effect great change? According to new research from British communications specialists Call Care, there's no one magic trait. Instead, their success can be attributed to one of four key leadership styles. Which one is yours? CNBC Make It breaks them down. READ MORE

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