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U.S. Travel Goods Imports from India Could Lose GSP Status, Face Tariffs as Soon as May 4


President Trump could issue a proclamation as soon as May 4 to withdraw Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits from India and Turkey and impose full tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from those countries. Despite protests from TGA, the business community (April 12 and April 4 letters), multiple members of Congress, and India itself, President Trump seems prepared to follow through on his March 4 announcement to withdraw benefits. 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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Genius Packing Tips for Your Best Stress-Free Travel


Going on a vacation is probably one of the most relaxing and rewarding things we do for ourselves. Being able to reconnect with yourself, relax and disconnect from everything else is the self-care we all need. Then 24 hours before the trip you are hit with one of the most daunting tasks…PACKING! To help alleviate some stress from packing duties, here are a few tips to ease the process for your next trip. READ MORE

Amazon is Doubling Down on Travel, Just Not in the Way You Think


The travel industry has been anticipating Amazon’s entry into travel, and we at Skift have covered its current and impending moves through a Skift Research report, a podcast, and an e-book. Turns out the travel-focused action on Amazon’s side is, for now, via the cloud. Amazon Web Services has been energizing the marketing of its cloud-based services to the travel and restaurant sectors. READ MORE

Suddenly, Free One-day Shipping is the New Normal


At first, Target and Walmart seemed blindsided by Amazon's announcement last week that its free two-day Prime shipping offer is already on its way to becoming free delivery in just one day for many items. Those retailers' shares took a hit in the initial aftermath. Walmart didn't take that lying down, however, and headed to Twitter late Friday to not just meet Amazon's challenge but raise it. "One-day free shipping…without a membership fee," the retail giant tweeted. "Now THAT would be groundbreaking.” With Walmart and Amazon's public comments about their delivery promises, consumers' expectations have officially been reset. READ MORE

JetBlue is Expanding Its Use of Facial Recognition Technology


Having your face scanned to ensure you are who you say you are may sound like something out of a dystopian film or science-fiction movie, but that’s exactly where the future of air travel is heading. Through a partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, JetBlue has been verifying the identity of passengers using facial recognition software – a practice they’re expanding. READ MORE

Five Leadership Skills to Cultivate for Success in Sales


In today’s business world, the sales profession is very competitive, and clients have extremely high expectations for their representatives. Having a collection of leadership skills at your disposal will make it easier to close more deals and to establish a good relationship with your customers, leading to more productivity. Here are traits that lend themselves well to sales. READ MORE

What to Pack for a Cruise


Unless you're on an expedition trip to, say, Antarctica, packing for a cruise is a straightforward endeavor: Bathing suits, flip flops, a stack of books to read by the pool – check. But a few trip essentials may escape your cruise packing list, especially when activities can range from a formal dinner one night to an off-ship excursion the following day. We asked cruise experts, both in-house and otherwise, for their tips on what to pack for a cruise vacation. READ MORE