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Call for TGA Board Nominations


The Travel Goods Association's Nominating Committee wants to hear from TGA Members interested in joining the Board of Directors. If you would like to be considered for a Board seat, please complete this questionnaire. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold garment bags, smartphone cases, travel sets, toiletry organizers, cosmetic bags, wine totes, smartphone armband holders, and portfolios in California that contained 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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The Trump White House’s Tariff ‘Cures’ Are Much Worse Than Any Trade Disease


The Trump administration has issued its long-awaited report on steel and aluminum imports, and, as expected, the document calls for new tariffs and quotas to protect domestic industry. Excess production capacity in both commodities is a global concern, exacerbated by the subsidies and other preferential treatment that China provides its producers. READ MORE

Creating Dynamic Ads on Facebook


I see lots of ads on Facebook. I frequently see ads from the same advertiser over and over. It’s annoying. I develop unkind thoughts about the brand or product. This is a major problem for advertisers on social media platforms, especially when the audience is more targeted and thus smaller. Dynamic ads, however, can help. They keep your ad copy fresh and relevant by letting Facebook build ads on the fly using the instructions and content you provide. READ MORE


These Are the Robots That Are Invading Retail


A dancing mall robot may seem like a stunt, but it boosted sales in a few pilot programs. And the robot is just part of a bigger movement in retail. As artificial intelligence-driven retailers like Amazon gain a big share of the market, traditional stores are trying to compete by experimenting with various forms of AI, ranging from gimmicky robots to software bots that work in the background to fix IT issues. READ MORE

Fly from Tokyo to Paris Without Leaving the Ground


Imagine jet-setting from Tokyo to Paris, enjoying first-class travel, a four-course dinner and a city tour – all without leaving the ground. This isn't a sci-fi fantasy. This is the future of air travel according to Japanese company First Airlines, which has harnessed the power of virtual reality to create dream vacations. READ MORE

Most Leaders Know Their Strengths – But Are Oblivious to Their Weaknesses


“Oh, I pretty much know my strengths and my weaknesses.” If we had a dollar for every time we’d heard this from an executive we were coaching, we could have retired a long time ago. Our data shows that someone who is perceived very poorly on any single, important leadership trait pays a high price. If their score is in the bottom 10% on one key skill, they will rank in the bottom fifth overall – no matter how strong their other strengths are. READ MORE

This Hotel Wants to Give Families a Discount for Staying Off Their Phones


According to Wyndham hotels, 54% of children believe their parents check their phones “too often” and 32% said that they feel “unimportant” when their parents are distracted by screens. Later this month, the hotel will launch a program that gives traveling families a discount in exchange for locking away their phones. READ MORE

From Peppers to Pork Pies, the Most Interesting Food Festivals of the Year


There are plenty of tasty reasons to let your appetite determine your destination this year. From festivals celebrating familiar foods to those where you can try more unusual ones, and events where both culinary world superstars and lesser-known chefs cook for the crowds, traveling in the coming year promises to be a palate-pleasing proposition. READ MORE

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