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On March 20, TGA and 16 other trade associations – representing soft goods and fashion industries – urged President Trump to refrain from imposing new tariffs on U.S. travel goods, apparel, and footwear imports from China. The letter comes after TGA joined a March 19 business community letter in opposing any new tariffs. President Trump is considering imposing duties on U.S. imports of travel goods and other consumer goods from China under a U.S. law called Section 301 in retaliation over allegations that China has stolen hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. intellectual property through forced tech transfer and other means. Make your feelings known. Use this link to send letters to President Trump and Congress to urge them not to impose new tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China.
The Trump administration is expected to unveil up to $60 billion in new tariffs on Chinese imports by Friday, targeting technology, telecommunications and intellectual property, two officials briefed on the matter said earlier this week. READ MORE
Before you snag a shiny new smart suitcase, you need to know the rules for traveling with them. To help you arrive to your destination without hassle, we've rounded up a list of high-tech luggage for business travel that should be a breeze to bring on board U.S. airplanes. READ MORE
Here are some of our favorite lightweight carry-ons for breezing through any airport, from Denver to Dubai. Some options here are above five pounds. Although they are not necessarily lightweight, per se, with their quality and features, they offer a lot pound-for-pound. READ MORE
It’s becoming clear that it’s no longer a question of “if” but rather of “when” and "how” Amazon will try to disrupt the travel industry…again. The topic of the ecommerce giant making another serious attempt at muscling in on the sector has escalated in buzz since Morgan Stanley’s Brian Nowak released an analysis March 8 titled “Alexa, Let's Book a Vacation." READ MORE
It may make for intriguing headlines, but physical retail is clearly not dead. Far from it, in fact. But, to be sure, boring, undifferentiated, irrelevant and unremarkable stores are most definitely dead, dying or moving perilously close to the edge of the precipice. READ MORE
Inventive companies like Amazon and Tesla are constantly churning out new products and services, but there is something else that they, and other distinctive enterprises, are also in the business of producing: Their version of leadership. READ MORE
The ill effects of a constantly dopamine-hit society, one created over the past decade, is now apparent. One of these effects is what Skift termed last year as "permanxiety," or the never-ending anxious state of the world. What does the coming tech backlash mean for the world of travel? READ MORE
To truly enjoy time off, first you must put your phone down – but people can’t seem to do it. Now you can pay someone else to do it for you. The newly-launched travel company Off The Grid offers group trips with itineraries, lodging, and a daily breakfast included – and no phones allowed. READ MORE
Consumers use Google to search for products – and Google knows it. Now, with the introduction of Shopping Actions, the company wants to turn those search queries into actual purchases – while remaining on good terms with retailers, announced Google’s Daniel Alegre, president, retail and shopping, during Las Vegas retail conference Shoptalk earlier this week. READ MORE
It’s always tempting to see the present moment as the peak of chaos and disruption, whether we’re talking about politics or how teenagers behave today. But I don’t think it’s hyperbole to apply “peak chaos and disruption” to social media marketing in the first quarter of 2018. Let’s review just a few of the upheavals we’re experiencing right now in the social media world. READ MORE
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- TGA Urges Congressional Action on MTB (TGA)
- How Travel Brands Can Adopt a Consumer-First Approach (PSFK)
- Trump Demands Aides Pump Up Anti-China Tariffs (POLITICO)
- Why Airfare Could Get Even Cheaper This Spring (TRAVEL + LEISURE)
- Employee Surveys Are Still One of the Best Ways to Measure Engagement (HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW)
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