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TGA Industry News Briefs
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You Have the Product. But Are You Connected?


Products are what you sell. Connections power your business. Build your network at The International Travel Goods Show – meet the best retailers in travel when they're at their most receptive, and actively seeking new items and opportunities. The Show is the best place to build on existing connections, and foster new ones. It's going to be an all-new Show in 2019 – be part of it, and supercharge your business network. Contact Cathy Hays to reserve your spot today:, 877-842-1938, x-707.

Statement by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action


U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released the following statement yesterday regarding further action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. “On June 18, the President directed me to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10%, in response to China’s decision to cause further harm to U.S. workers, farmers, and businesses by imposing retaliatory duties on U.S. goods. I initiated this process on July 10." READ MORE

Trump Proposes Raising the Stakes from 10% to 25% on $200 Billion China Tariff Retaliation List and Travel Goods Targeted


Yesterday, President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to consider increasing the proposed level of Chinese tariffs from 10% to 25%. All U.S. imports of travel goods from China would be subject to the new 25% tariff. These new punitive tariffs have not yet been implemented. TGA plans to testify against the inclusion of travel goods at the August 20-23 public hearing. You can help to stop these tariffs. The written comment period ends on August 17. The Trump administration needs to hear how these punitive duties would hurt your company, and your workers – and TGA can help you draft that testimony. Please contact TGA's Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or if you wish to submit written comments or anecdotes, have questions, or would like additional information.

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Mobile Passport: 4 Things to Know Before You Travel


If you happen to be a globetrotter, you already know that it can be a real hassle having to wait in long lines to get back into the U.S. after a trip abroad. To their credit, the federal government has come up with an expedited way to assist travelers in getting back into the country. It’s called Mobile Passport. READ MORE

Cruise Lines Are Carving Out Exclusive Spaces for the Biggest Spenders


This ship-within-a-ship concept isn’t new, but it does appear to be gaining in popularity. Sometimes cruise passengers want a ton of amenities, and sometimes – especially if they can afford it – they want a break from crowds and more personal service. It makes sense for big-ship lines to offer a hybrid. READ MORE


Is the Retail Collapse Over? Shopping Mall Owners Think So


The real estate companies that have reported second-quarter earnings say the decline in occupancy rates that dragged on some results last year has at least stabilized. Simon Property Group, a real estate investment trust that owns some of the most profitable malls and premium outlets in America, went so far as to hike its full-year outlook. READ MORE

Desktop Still Dominates Over Mobile for Travel Search


Although mobile penetration and usage continues to grow, travelers in most parts of the world are still doing their searching and price comparison on desktop. That’s one of the findings in Sojern’s latest Global Travel Insights report, with analysis of global data from the second quarter of 2018. READ MORE

This Mall's Next Tenant Won't Have Merchandise to Sell


The operator of Cherry Hill Mall, seeking alternatives to traditional tenants, has announced it will house a retail incubator. The facility will occupy about 11,000 square feet, and will focus on retail and e-commerce start-ups when it opens in November, according to the mall’s owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. READ MORE

The 5 Levels of Leadership


To understand what makes a great leader, we looked at data from 75,000 employees and more than 10,000 managers working across industries including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, technology, finance, and health care. We reviewed employees’ ratings of their workplaces as well as comments about their managers and looked for patterns and traits distinguishing great leaders from the not-so-great. We identified five distinct leadership levels, which we’ve characterized into personas based on prominent themes. READ MORE