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Get 50% Off TGA Membership – Reap 100% of the Rewards


Join the Travel Goods Association right now, and get 50% off membership fees for 2018. Reap rewards like low-cost credit card processing and discount shipping. And if you're an exhibitor at The International Travel Goods Show, save 35% on booth space. This is your chance to save – get the best membership value, join the industry's best trade association, and be part of the best show in travel products. Contact Cathy Trecartin to learn more about how TGA membership can help your business, and join now:, 877-842-1938, x-702.

TGA to Testify in Opposition to Trump Targeting Travel Goods in New $200B China Tariff Retaliation List – We Need Your Help!


Only July 25, TGA requested to testify at the August 20-23 hearing in opposition to the inclusion of travel goods on a new list of $200 billion worth of U.S. imports from China that President Trump is proposing will be subject to a 10% retaliatory tariff. The list includes all U.S. travel goods imports from China. If imposed, the 10% tariff would be added to the existing high tariffs on travel goods imported from China. This new punitive tariff has not yet been implemented, and you can help to stop them. The public now has the opportunity to comment on this new list. Requests to testify at the August 20-23 public hearing are due July 27, and written comments are due August 17. The Trump administration needs to hear from you – on how these punitive duties would hurt your company, and your workers. And TGA can help you draft that testimony/comments. Time is of the essence with public comment deadlines fast approaching. President Trump could impose the punitive duties on this list as soon as early October. Please contact TGA's Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or if you wish to testify/submit written comments/share anecdotes, have any questions, or would like additional information.

It’s Getting Harder for Companies to Escape Trump's China Duties


U.S. companies and industry groups are returning to Washington this week in an increasingly futile effort to get relief from President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports. While companies successfully lobbied to remove some consumer goods from the administration’s initial list of targets and the USTR will act in good faith, there’s less flexibility because items removed must be replaced to reach Trump’s total, said John Veroneau, a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington and a former deputy U.S. trade representative under President George W. Bush. READ MORE

Trump's Trade War is Economic Suicide


Since the start of the year, President Trump has announced a string of new tariffs – which penalize Americans who buy imports. In January, he imposed tariffs on Americans who buy solar panels and washing machines. In March, he directed the U.S. Trade Representative to levy $50 billion in additional tariffs on Chinese imports. And in June he applied tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. This escalation shows no sign of slowing. READ MORE

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How Online Payment Trends Are Impacting the Travel Industry


With great opportunities also come big challenges for the travel industry. While much remains to be seen regarding where this will lead in the future, one thing is certain: Everything points towards the importance of online payments, such as e-wallets and other solutions that are more digitally advanced than traditional credit cards. READ MORE


How to Use Social Media to Plan a Trip You'll Never Forget


Travel books and guides will always be useful, but they can be limiting when it comes to gathering travel information that will cater to your specific needs. Have you ever discovered a new destination on a Pinning-spree, or a really unique hotel while scrolling through Instagram? Social media might give you serious FOMO, but at least you'll know where to go when you finally take your dream trip. Here's how to use social media to plan a trip you'll never forget. READ MORE

This Airport Robot Will Scan Your Boarding Pass and Carry Your Luggage


From palm scanning at the Great Barrier Reef to hypersonic planes that may be able to take passengers from New York to London in under two hours, the latest innovations and seem to be straight out of science fiction. The latest announcement is no different, as Dutch airline KLM has just unveiled a concept for an airport robot that has the ability to assist passengers by scanning their boarding pass and leading them to their gate while carrying their luggage. READ MORE

The Latest Travel Trend? Bringing a Professional Photo Crew on Vacation with You


For better or worse, traveling these days can be just as much about capturing like-worthy content as it is about discovering the joys of an exotic place. Pictures or it didn’t happen, right? We’re all guilty. But while most couples hire a professional photographer for their big day, very few also bring them along on their post-nuptial vacays – until now. READ MORE