The Power of Tradition
There is joy in the familiarity of holiday traditions, big and small: wreathes and trees; the scent of potato pancakes; advent calendars and ornaments. Traditions create expectation, like stockings hung on the mantel – and not just this time of year (think Halloween candy and Thanksgiving turkey). The Travel Goods Show is its own industry tradition, the kickoff ritual that sets the tone for the year. Be a part of it – contact Cathy Trecartin for exhibit space (email@example.com, 877-842-1938, x-702), and plan to join us March 26-28, 2019, in Las Vegas.
'Ideological Soulmates': How a China Skeptic Sold Trump on a Trade War POLITICO
Robert Lighthizer went to the White House in 2017 to lay out his rationale for confronting Beijing. Now, he is in charge of executing it.
“Tariff Man” vs. the World FOREIGN POLICY
As expected, trade policy has dominated the Trump administration’s approach to the world – but seldom in a good way. The administration, led by “Tariff Man” Donald Trump, has turned back the clock to the 1930s by throwing up a series of trade barriers with friends and rivals alike, a tax that’s borne mostly by American consumers. Here are five Foreign Policy articles from the past year that reflect the state of global trade and why so many people are worried about it. READ MORE
Retail is Having Its Best Holiday Season in 6 Years
Retail sales in the U.S. from Nov. 1 through Christmas Eve were up 5.1% to more than $850 billion, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse. That makes this the best holiday shopping season in six years, Mastercard said. The surge in spending comes amid the latest fluctuations in the stock market, worries on Wall Street about a potentially slowing economy and a partial government shutdown. READ MORE
The Best and Worst Air Travel Ideas of 2018 FAST COMPANY
Air travel sucks. Yes, it has become democratic since the exclusive glamour of the early days, with inexpensive flights available to the masses. But in turn, airlines often alienate low-cost travelers. New airplane developments in 2018 only served to widen the gap between wealthy travelers and the rest of us. Fortunately, not everything is bad news for the common globetrotter and city hopper. Let’s review, from best to nightmare. READ MORE
National Retail Federation: 17% of People Will Return or Exchange Unwanted Gifts VIRGINIAFIRST.COM
According to the National Retail Federation, the week after Christmas is a busy time for retailers with 51% saying they will shop to take advantage of the sales and 17% spending time in the returns section of stores. For some shoppers – about 4% – they are waiting until after Christmas Day to buy their final gifts. READ MORE
The 3 Best Places to Travel Every Month of 2019 BUSINESS INSIDER
Business Insider considered everything from airfare trends and climate data to local cultural events to determine the optimal month to travel to each destination. February, for example, offers the cheapest airfare to Hawaii, with November coming in a close second. The following guide can help you plan a year's worth of vacations and cover everything on your traveler's checklist, from famed historic sites to vibrant nightlife, tropical paradises to icy wonderlands. READ MORE
10 Marketing Trends to Watch in 2019
It's difficult to predict which methods will connect with consumers most effectively in the ever-changing landscape of marketing. Just when marketers believe they understand their audience, a new technology, new behavior or an entirely new audience alters everything. That said, it’s practical to reflect on the past year’s patterns and pay attention to growing trends that will influence next year’s success. Here are 10 marketing trends you would be wise to keep your eye on going into 2019. READ MORE
The Myth of the Retail Apocalypse: A Long-Read Q&A with Economist Michael Mandel AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
It’s a perennial story. The demise of mom-and-pop stores, the shuttering of small businesses across the country, the undercutting of local sellers by massive corporations – in short, the retail apocalypse. But economist Michael Mandel has looked at the data and finds a much different story. Not only is the economy adding more jobs than it’s shedding thanks to the massive online retailers allegedly wreaking havoc across the U.S., these new jobs actually pay more as well. READ MORE
10 Ways Leaders Can Influence Company Culture
The influence of leaders on their environment, and the people around them, is difficult to overstate. Like magnetism, their disposition and decisions tend to affect everybody in the vicinity. If you're a leader, it's a good idea to remember some of the many ways you can influence company culture – sometimes without even trying to. Here are 10 of them. READ MORE
How to Actually Come Back from the Holidays Feeling Refreshed
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
We are told the winter holidays are supposed to be a magical time of deep connection with loved ones, good meals, warm fires, and gift-giving. And yet, for many of us, the winter holidays don’t live up to our expectations, because we don’t know how to strike the right balance between rest and productivity. While it can be tough to find that balance, there are some ways you can get what you need this holiday season. It’s not too late. READ MORE
CNN Travel Editors Choose Their Best Trips of 2018
When you travel as your job, do you start to see it as just another day at the office? That's an ongoing challenge for the team at CNN Travel as they are tasked with seeing the world while also reporting on it. Here, the members of team travel share their highlights of 2018 and destinations where they hope to get new passport stamps in 2019. READ MORE
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