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More energy, a sharper focus, a bold new direction – and yes, a consumer day! Big changes are coming to The International Travel Goods Show. Read all about it here.

Report – Trump Might Announce 25% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods Imports from China This Week. TGA Members, We Need Your Help!


Late last week, Bloomberg reported that President Trump told aides he might announce 25% punitive tariffs on all U.S. imports of travel goods and $200 billion worth of other products from China later this week. The public comment period on the proposed tariffs ends today, September 6. An announcement of tariffs by Trump this week would make a complete mockery of this review process in which over 350 witnesses testified at the hearing and over 3,100 comments have been received to date (most of which are in opposition to the new tariffs), including dozens of comments from TGA members (Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4, Sample 5, Sample 6, Sample 7). That being said, President Trump could still take action. TGA believes that the tariffs won’t be imposed for at least two weeks after they are announced. We need your help now more than ever. Get yourself, your colleagues, your employees, your family, your friends to e-mail President Trump and tell him to stop these tariffs. It only takes a minute to send the e-mail. We also need members to talk to the press to get our story out ASAP on how these proposed 25% punitive tariffs would hurt our industry, our 100,000 American workers, and American consumers. Please contact TGA's Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or if you wish to submit written comments or anecdotes, if you'd like to talk to the press, if you have questions, or if you would like additional information.

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Trump's Tariffs Could Hit $200B of Chinese Goods This Week


The U.S. could impose tariffs on roughly half of all Chinese goods entering the country by the end of the week. President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on $200B of Chinese goods could go into effect as soon as Friday when a public comment period on the taxes concludes. It's unclear whether the new tariffs will be set at 10% or 25%. It could be the most painful round of tariffs the U.S. has imposed on Chinese products this year. READ MORE

Generation Z is Shaping the Back-To-Class Shopping Season


As school starts for another year, students and their families continue to shop for back-to-school items. And the back-to-college shopper is contributing the biggest share of that shopping this year, spending about $250 more than the average K-12 shopper for a total of nearly $55 billion. Many of those shopping for themselves are members of Generation Z, born after 1995. READ MORE

TSA Plans Wider Expansion for 3D Luggage-Scanning Machines


The TSA planned to expand its pilot program using specially-designed CT scanners to screen airline passenger luggage from tests in Phoenix and Boston to major airports in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington-Dulles. By the end of 2019, they envisioned spreading 145 of these machines in security checkpoints across the country. But it seems the tests have gone so well that the agency is increasing its order to 200 scanners in the next year, the TSA chief told Congress this week. READ MORE

Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales


For the past year, select Google advertisers have had access to a potent new tool to track whether the ads they ran online led to a sale at a physical store in the U.S. That insight came, thanks in part to a stockpile of MasterCard transactions that Google paid for. But most of the two billion MasterCard holders aren’t aware of this behind-the-scenes tracking, because the companies never told the public about the arrangement. READ MORE


5 Questions Retailers Should Ask Before Using the Internet of Things in Stores


It’s estimated that by 2025, the potential economic impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) in retail could be anywhere from $410 billion to $1.2 trillion annually. This means, if you're a retailer considering IoT adoption, it's not a question of "if," but "when." But introducing IoT to the store requires a lot of time and resources. So, before you begin investing, here are five questions you need to ask yourself to ensure your business is ready. READ MORE

Make It Snappy: This Simple Trick Will Protect Your Luggage, Car and Kids When You Travel


It’s common sense to take screen shots of boarding passes and other important travel documents when you travel. But there are other things travelers should photograph too – in fact, taking photos of basically everything that you travel with can be really useful if something goes wrong. Lifehacker recommends snapping everything from your car to your luggage – and even your family – in case of emergency. Here’s why. READ MORE

Transitioning Travel to the Millennial Market


Millennials are wildly different from older generations and have different expectations for brands. Their demand for memorable moments and activities over material goods has created what many call the experience economy. Travel, the ultimate experience, has continued growth as a result. But as more Millennials travel, the more the travel industry needs to change to meet them. READ MORE

Good Riddance to Social Media Mass Production


Social media marketing is in near-crisis mode, and only the adoption of mature, time-proven, sustainable marketing methods can save it. And I do think it’s worth saving. In this month’s column, I want to address one of the tactics I believe has been kept around far past its expiration date: mass production. READ MORE

Self-Driving Hotel Rooms May Soon Become a Reality


Imagine a world where you no longer fly between your house and your hotel. You drive there. Or more accurately, your hotel room drives you there. That is the world that Steve Lee, of Los Angeles-based Aprilli Design Studio, is developing for us all. His Autonomous Travel Suite has been designed as a hotel/self-driving car hybrid that plans to take guests from door to door. READ MORE