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Let's Boost Your Social Networks


TGA's social media is on a roll, which means yours could be too. During Show week our Facebook impressions were at an all time high, up 228% over the previous high-water mark. We doubled our followers and had 10,299 impressions on Instagram. And we lit up the Twitter board with 17,785 hits, with more than 1,300 on one tweet alone. Let's help each other – link up with @TravelGoodsAssociation on Facebook, @TravelGoodsShow on Twitter, and @travelgoodsassoc on Instagram and let's boost our online social standing.

TGA Urges Trump Administration to Continue Talks on India’s GSP Status


On April 12, TGA joined 24 other industry trade associations in urging the Trump administration to continue talks with India over its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits. Based on a March 4 announcement, President Trump can withdraw GSP benefits for India and Turkey at any time after May 3, with little or no notice. The letter follows an April 4 letter urging Congress to engage the Trump administration to prevent GSP withdrawal for both India and Turkey. India is the 3rd largest supplier of travel goods to the U.S. market. Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods can enter the U.S. duty-free from most developing countries, including India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Thailand. TGA worked for many years to convince Congress and two Presidents to add travel goods to GSP back in 2016/2017 and will continue to fight to protect those benefits.

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Trump on China Trade Spat: 'We're Going to Win Either Way'


President Donald Trump said earlier this week he believed the U.S. would emerge from its trade dispute with China as a winner, no matter what happened. “We’re going to win either way. We either win by getting a deal or we win by not getting a deal,” Trump said during a visit to a business roundtable in Burnsville, Minnesota. READ MORE


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Travel2020: 9 Travel Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed


This year’s Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas brought forth plenty of new luggage, carry-on solutions, and novel ways to rest on a plane. But The Show, which brings together buyers and manufacturers in this $31.1 billion market, also highlighted solutions for things not always identified as problems. Some useful, if not quirky, innovations surfaced that deserve their moment in the spotlight, even if that light is a dim beam streaming from a ceiling panel on a plane. READ MORE

How Tiny Homes Are Helping to Broaden High-End Travel


Tiny homes, shipping containers, and RVs are a long way from the grand palatial properties that for many are still synonymous with luxury travel. But they can be just as desirable for wealthy tourists, especially those looking to get away from the city. READ MORE

How to Make Friends While Traveling Solo


Experiencing another culture on your own terms, at your own pace, with a budget of your own choosing can be an incredibly rewarding and insightful adventure. But while some may find such a journey liberating, others might worry about safety or a period of solitude in a strange, unfamiliar place. Prospective solo travelers should know that, despite its label, solo travel does not have to mean you’re alone all the time. READ MORE

Cabin Mock-Up Offers First Look Inside the New Boeing 777X


Sculpted side walls, a cabin that's four inches wider than its predecessor, pressurization that alleviates jet lag – plus, every passenger can see out the window. This is the promise of the new Boeing 777X, a hotly anticipated next-generation aircraft that is coming closer to readiness, in the first full mock-ups of its interior. READ MORE

How to Sidestep the Potential Pitfalls of Travel Credit Cards


Travel rewards credit cards offering big sign-up bonuses and seemingly endless opportunities to earn points toward free flights, hotel stays and more can be almost irresistible. They’re so appealing, in fact, that you can entirely forget that issuers of these cards are in business to make money. Merchant fees, interest charges, late fees and annual membership fees all have a way of tipping the balance sheet in the issuers’ favor over the long term. READ MORE

How Departing Leaders Can Pass Along Their Wisdom to Employees


Earlier this spring I had the chance to witness two of the “farewell talks” that Ed Catmull gave to the people of Pixar. Catmull, the company’s cofounder and long-time leader, announced his retirement in late 2018, and chose to spend his last day on Pixar’s campus sharing thoughts about the challenges they would face in the years to come. READ MORE

U.S. Retailers Have Closed More Stores This Year Than All of 2018


Retailers sent out 2018 on an optimistic note, with strong consumer spending and an unexpected comeback of brick-and-mortar stores. But 5,994 stores have closed in the U.S. so far this year, more than last year’s total of 5,864, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing data from Coresight Research. READ MORE