Slapping additional tariffs on Chinese imports has a huge impact on American travel goods businesses, as China has always been U.S. companies' first-choice supplier, a business leader has said. Nate Herman, Director of Government Relations at the Travel Goods Association, told Xinhua in a recent interview that tariffs on Chinese goods have already taken a toll on the U.S. travel goods industry and led to damage. READ MORE
The 29 Riskiest Countries for Americans to Travel to
The U.S. State Department's public travel advisories outline the potential dangers Americans face traveling abroad. The agency uses four levels of travel guidance to inform potential visitors whether the country poses danger, or in some cases, is completely off-limits. These 29 countries are designated "reconsider travel" or "do not travel.” READ MORE
How Travel Brands are Getting Wellness Right SKIFT
As Skift forecasted in our 2019 Megatrend, the macro movement toward wellness within the cultural outlook is stimulating some smart changes from the best brands in travel. The most progressive companies are bringing together outside experts with tech, mindfulness, and culinary specialties to make life better for their customers. READ MORE
Navigating the Pitfalls of Pet Air Travel
AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
When pet owners want to fly with their animals, veterinarians are asked to sign off on the animal's fitness to fly, rather than its health status. But airlines' requirements can change suddenly and can differ depending on the carrier, making it hard to keep up with what documentation is required and when. READ MORE
Welcome’s New App Will Do Your Travel Planning for You TECHCRUNCH
Welcome is a new app that CEO Matthew Rosenberg said is designed for a more spontaneous approach to traveling. “What we’re going after is these millennials [and] Gen Z travelers who feel comfortable going in the moment,” Rosenberg told me. “Eighty-five percent of people aren’t even looking at activities before they arrive.”
Swipe Right and Travel Around the World
Most people can only dream of traveling the world with someone they love, but dating app Bumble will let one lucky employee take this bucket list item to the next level. Bumble will soon begin paying a selected applicant to travel the world using its dating, networking, and friendship platforms – all of which are free and part of the Bumble app – to meet other users in England, Australia, and India, for example. READ MORE
5 Data-Backed Social Media Trends for 2019
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
Even if you're constantly active on social media, or consistently engaged in social media marketing, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest trends and usage shifts – which you really need to know in order to align your strategy accordingly. This infographic from Awario provides an overview of the most recent social media marketing trends and shifts for 2019.
Introducing Modern Retail, Digiday Media’s Newest Vertical
The retail industry is going through an unprecedented period of change – or, if you believe the headlines, heading towards an apocalypse. Digiday Media is excited to introduce Modern Retail, their new publication covering the ins and outs of retail’s reinvention. Modern Retail is on the frontlines of the industry’s ongoing shift, from Amazon’s increasing influence to the combined force of the direct-to-consumer upstarts.
Stop Lying to Job Candidates About the Role
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
Too many hiring managers avoid telling candidates the truth about a job. Their logic is that if applicants find out how hard they will work or how boring the core of the open jobs are, they will walk away. This is a mistake. To hire effectively, you have to be honest about what working at your firm is like and what it takes to be successful.
Technology Hopes to End the Lost Luggage Blues
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing new ways to improve tracking technology so that airline passengers won’t have to look for bags at the lost and found counter.
136-year-old Ship Crashes and Sinks Weeks After $1.7-million Renovation Debut
TRAVEL + LEISURE
A newly restored 19th-century wooden German sailboat crashed and sank just days after hitting the water again. Five people were injured in the crash over the weekend, one seriously, according to Associated Press. The Elba No. 5 underwent a $1.7-million renovation that took nearly nine months to complete. It had resumed taking passengers on voyages only at the end of last month.
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