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April 26, 2018 Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn
TGA Industry News Briefs
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The Strongest Audience – the Best Discount


There is no stronger audience for travel products than the retailers attending The International Travel Goods Show. And you can reach them – for a very limited time – at 33% off the TGA member rate. But the Early Bird Discount window is closing in a scant few weeks. This is the only discount available, and there will be no extensions, so act now to gain access to the best retailers in the industry. Contact Cathy Hays at or 877-842-1938, x-707 and secure your exhibit hall location now.

New TGA Member Tool: Proposition 65 Warning Label Guidance


TGA recently unveiled a new resource which provides TGA members with details on the update to California's Proposition 65 (effective August 30, 2018). This tool breaks down the Prop 65 regulation text into actionable items to help members develop their compliance strategy with regard to Prop 65 warning labels. Member log-in is required to view this guide. If you are not a member of TGA and would like to take advantage of this and other important member benefits, please click here.

GSP Turns Back On


The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program restarted last weekend. Eligible imports with the proper special program indicators (SPI) became eligible for duty free importation on April 22. GSP will continue until at least December 31, 2020. On April 20, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) distributed a CSMS message instructing the trade on the timetable for refunds – i.e., duties on GSP eligible imports between January 1 and April 21. Refunds will be processed in three phases. Importers have until September 19, 2018 to submit post importation GSP claims for goods that did not contain the SPI “A” at entry summary.

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The Digital Retail Experience Is About to Be Redefined – Again


We can shop 24/7 right from our couch – for almost anything in the world – and even get our purchases delivered to our door in a matter of hours. It doesn't even matter if it's 1 a.m. on a Thursday morning. But how should retailers be thinking about the new level of convenience? Which ones will take the next step? READ MORE

How to Tell the Age of the Plane You're Flying On


Following last week’s incident on a Southwest flight where one passenger died and seven others were injured after the plane suffered a midair engine explosion, concerns over aircraft safety have been at the forefront of people’s minds. After the midair tragedy, many people are likely left wondering about aircraft age and condition, and what role those factors play in safety. READ MORE

Mobile-Only Shift Creating Retail Nirvana


A venture capital executive told delegates China’s new normal is mobile-only, not mobile-first, with people using WeChat to not just talk to friends, but also to unlock a bicycle, order food from a restaurant and book tickets. Connie Chan, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, said: “This means you look at your phone not as an access point but as an entry point, and this has extreme implications for how products and design take shape. The phone is a critical bridge between people’s online and offline selves.” READ MORE


3 Tips to Stay Productive and Not Overwhelmed


I'm a father of three kids under the age of three. I have a portfolio of 40-plus startups I've invested in and actively support. Each week, I receive 1,000 emails and take 15-30 meetings. How do I manage this all and not feel overwhelmed? I've realized the key to managing the overwhelm and finding focus has come down to three essential rules. READ MORE

Smartphone Apps for Spontaneous Travel


Have you ever just shown up at an airport without a clear travel plan? If your lifestyle allows for that sort of a lack of planning, but you’d rather ease into such a spontaneous adventure, there are several phone apps that can make unplanned travel feel less risky and more affordable. READ MORE

Fly Now, Pay Later: Are Travel Loans a Good Deal?


A search for airline tickets can bring your dream down to earth, if the steep fares charged by many airlines outstrip your savings. What if you could book your trip today and pay for it later – without maxing out your credit cards? READ MORE

Things You Didn't Know About Social Media Marketing


Lately, it seems that businesses of all types are engaging themselves in marketing efforts that can help them reinforce or accomplish their business goals. This is mainly done by using different social media platforms. Social media marketing including Influencer Marketing are being recognized as one of the most powerful means of engaging potential clients and increasing brand awareness. Here are some useful insights and interesting facts about user engagement on social media platforms. READ MORE