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Be Part of the Bright New Future


Big changes are coming to The 2019 International Travel Goods Show: A new exhibit hall and floor plan, a newly immersive New Products Pavilion, a brand new dimension and a whole new direction. The Show is being reinvented for 2019, and being pitched to a new generation of buyers and crossover markets. This is your chance to get on board as a core industry player, before our big marketing outreach to non-endemic exhibitors. Be part of the industry's bright new future! It's first come, first reserved, so contact Cathy Trecartin today:, 877-842-1938, x-702.

TGA Testifies Against Trump Proposal to Impose 25% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods Imports from China. TGA Members, We Need Your Help!


On Friday, August 24, TGA testified at a U.S. government public hearing in opposition to President Donald Trump’s proposal to impose 25% punitive tariffs on all U.S. imports of travel goods from China. Two TGA members also testified against the proposed 25% tariffs (Testimony 1, Testimony 2) during the week-long hearings. Many individual TGA members have also directly written to the U.S. government in opposition to the proposed tariffs (Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4, Sample 5). These new punitive tariffs have not yet been implemented. You can help to stop these tariffs. Join dozens of other TGA members in telling the Trump administration how these 25% punitive tariffs would hurt your company, and your workers. TGA can help you draft those comments. Public comments are due September 6. 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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Trump's Trade Deal with Mexico Could Mean a Longer Trade War with China


The new U.S.-Mexico trade deal announced Monday could put Donald Trump in a good position to dig in his heels on trade with China. Analysts say the new trade deal will score political points for Trump and the Republican party ahead of the upcoming midterms. That gives the administration more leeway to take a hard line with China, even though the U.S.-China trade war has been bad for business on both sides of the Pacific. READ MORE

Eight Great Travel Items to Make Your Life Better on the Road


Life on the road, or in the air, is never easy, but with the right products, travel can certainly be made more enjoyable and less stressful. The goal is always a successful sojourn, not a packing perdition. Here are some terrific new and soon-to-be-on-the-market items that passed the test for road warrior and travel writer Julie Kessler. READ MORE

Labor Day Travel: 16.5 Million People Expected to Fly on U.S. Airlines


Industry trade organization Airlines for America announced this week that an estimated 16.5 million passengers are expected to fly worldwide on U.S. carriers over the week-long Labor Day travel period. The 2018 Labor Day travel period, which runs through September 4, will see a 3.5% increase from the 16 million passengers who flew during the same holiday period last year. READ MORE


When to Buy Your Holiday Flights, According to Google


People are more concerned about getting a good deal on a vacation than they are about any other discretionary purchase in their life, according to Google. Knowing whether or not that $452 round-trip flight from JFK to LAX for Thanksgiving is good or not is hard, but Google is hoping to offer a bit more insight with new features released Monday. READ MORE

What to Do When You Lose Your Phone While Traveling


On a recent trip to London, Logan Abbott's phone disappeared. Although he's one of thousands of travelers whose gadgets go missing on the road, his story is remarkable. That's because Abbott is the CEO of, a company that helps consumers select a cellphone calling plan – an industry insider. You'd think a sophisticated phone user such as him would know how to prevent a loss. But it turns out anyone can lose a phone, even Abbott. The trick is in the recovery. READ MORE

Retailers Study Shows More Trump Tariffs Could Cost Consumers $6 Billion


President Trump’s threat to slap another $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods could push up prices and cost U.S. consumers $6 billion, according to a new study by the National Retail Federation released last week. The NRF study focuses on tariffs that will hit furniture and travel goods from China, arguing that even the threat of billions more in tariffs are causing retailers to raise prices and seek out other suppliers. READ MORE

3 Ways Brands Can Thrive in an Ever-changing Retail Industry


Retail isn’t dead, just boring retail is. This assessment by John Costello, former president for global marketing and innovation at Dunkin’ Brands, simultaneously points out that the death of retail has been greatly exaggerated while letting retailers know that they must find ways to stand out to thrive. READ MORE

Titles Don’t Make Leaders


Being a long-time student of leadership, I’ve naturally heard a lot of quotes about the subject. A favorite is from Margaret Thatcher: “Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t.” And another, by John Quincy Adams: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." We explored this and related issues with Mark Sanborn, president of an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. READ MORE