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Last week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will soon review the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Information on the review will be set forth in an upcoming Federal Register notice. India is the 3rd largest supplier and Indonesia is the 10th largest supplier of travel goods to the U.S. The Trump administration had previously announced it would self-initiate a review of regions of the world on their compliance with GSP requirements. TGA will follow the review closely. As noted previously, Congress recently renewed GSP, after intense TGA lobbying, effective April 22. Because the program was renewed retroactively back to when it expired, January 1, 2018, companies that have been designating GSP for their import shipments will be eligible to receive duty refunds for the period between Jan. 1, 2018 and April 21, 2018. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has updated its GSP page and has previously provided detailed guidance for marking your shipments so that you are eligible for duty refunds.
The United States’ participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a no go – again. After recently suggesting that he would consider rejoining the TPP – which came after he yanked the U.S. from the trade pact last year – President Donald Trump appears to have changed his mind once more. READ MORE
The #MeToo movement inspired women around the world to speak up about issues of gender equality and female equality. Now the tourism industry is focusing on empowerment, with new tours and programs designed specifically for women travelers. READ MORE
Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors has come up with a design that allows passengers to stretch their legs as much as they want when they travel without any extra cost. The catch? The seats are so far upright that they'll be pretty much standing up. READ MORE
Staying well hydrated is one of the most beneficial and cost-effective things you can do for your body, skin, and overall health. That said, we likely don’t have to tell you how bad single-use plastic bottles are for the environment, so instead, consider a reusable water bottle that not only stores your drink but also comes with practical features that come in handy while you travel. READ MORE
Consumers may have mostly ignored the details of privacy policies for years, but now that the negative consequences of those practices have hit people’s newsfeeds, consumer, investor and lawmaker confidence is eroding. The U.S. experienced the most extreme loss in trust ever measured from 2017 to 2018. As a marketer, what should you do? READ MORE
Traditionally, art appreciation has taken place in the museum or gallery settings, but these days it might be as easy as going shopping. As brick-and-mortar retailers struggle to stay relevant, the key to surviving (and thriving) will lie in providing value-added experiences consumers can't get online or anywhere else. READ MORE
Overwater bungalows are so 2017. Now, it’s all about the underwater experience. Earlier this week, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced that it will finish work on what it claims will be the world’s first undersea residence of its kind by the end of 2018. READ MORE
Statistical analyses of the growth of ecommerce almost always get coupled with a story surrounding the decline of physical retail, with a heavy focus on the closure of malls. These two things are undoubtedly linked, but experts often communicate this as a zero-sum game. This ignores a fundamental human truth: People now and into the future will continue to leave the house and shop in physical retail. In fact, over 70% of retail purchases are still through physical retail channels. Then why are people panicking? READ MORE
When a company needs a supervisor for a team, senior leaders often anoint the team’s most productive performer. And when they fail, they tend to leave the organization, costing the company double: Not only has the team lost its new manager, but it’s also lost the best individual contributor. And the failure can be personally costly for the new manager, causing them to doubt their skills, smarts, and future career path. Everyone loses. Why, then, do some fail while others succeed? READ MORE
National parks that charge admission fees – including Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon in California – will be free Saturday to mark National Park Week. It's one of just four free entry days at national parks in 2018. READ MORE
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- Amazon's Options for Disrupting Online Travel: Try or Buy (PHOCUSWIRE)
- You Could Soon Be Able to Nap in the Cargo Holds of Planes (TRAVEL + LEISURE)
- Retail ‘Hasn’t Looked This Good in Years’ and Could Head Even Higher (CNBC)
- Air Travel Is Getting Better in 3 Big Ways (MARKETWATCH)
- Location and Voice Technology Are the Future of Retail (THE CONVERSATION)
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