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Have You Booked Ahead?


Savvy travelers know it pays to book ahead, and that goes double for The Travel Goods Show, where space is at a premium and location is first come, first served. The 2020 Show is on a smaller footprint, for more focused energy, and you’ll want to maximize exposure with a choice location. Contact Cathy Trecartin for details about the all-new 2020 Show, the new floor plan, and how you can get the most from your exhibit hall space –, 877-842-1938, x-702.

China Tariffs – TGA Urges Members to File Petitions/File Responses to Petitions During Tranche 3 Exclusion Process


On June 30, the U.S. government opened the portal to request exclusions (details, web portal) from Tranche 3 tariffs, including the 25% tariffs on travel goods. As of July 17, 9 companies have filed a combined 34 petitions requesting exclusions for certain types of travel goods (out of a total 537 petitions). Please go to the TGA/AAFA July 2 webinar for details on how the exclusion process works (letter to USTR, webinar recording). There will be a 14-day period, once a petition is live on the portal, during which the public can file a response (in opposition or in support). That means your company can file responses in support. For example, most of the travel goods petitions were filed on July 17, which means the 14-day response period for those petitions closes July 31. The deadline for petitions is September 30. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses in support of the petitions.

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Trump Says He Could Impose More China Tariffs if He Wants


President Donald Trump reiterated that he could impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports if he wants, after promising to hold off on more duties in a trade-war truce he reached with China’s Xi Jinping last month. READ MORE


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Back-to-school Spending Expected to Break Records This Year, Retail Group Says


Families with children in K-12 schools or colleges plan to spend more on back-to-school shopping this year than ever before, according to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation. The group’s annual survey found that K-12 families plan to spend an average of $696.70, up by about $12 from last year and more than the previous record of $687.72 set in 2017. READ MORE

Charity Checkout Remains Strong, Even in a Changing Retail Landscape


Six years ago, Engage for Good launched a first-of-its-kind biannual survey identifying million-dollar-plus, point-of-sale fundraising campaigns that captured in-store and online-based programs. In 2016, 73 million-dollar-plus campaigns brought in $441.63 million. This year’s survey reveals that in 2018, 79 initiatives brought in $486.37 million, an increase of 10%. The increase in funds raised demonstrates that consumers continue to be willing to partner with trusted retailers to support good causes both in stores and online. READ MORE

For Leaders, Decency Is Just as Important as Intelligence


Successful leaders today and in the decades to come must possess triple-threat leadership capability: IQ+EQ+DQ. In other words, they must possess a combination of two familiar attributes – intellect and emotional intelligence – and one that I believe must be recognized and elevated: decency. READ MORE

7 Reasons Marketers & SEO Pros Should Use Social Media at Work


Social media has matured into a major digital marketing channel. It shows up in attribution models and customer journey maps in nearly all industries. While arguments can be made about niche and old school industries, it is hard to ignore. Using social media at work is a positive thing for marketing and SEO professionals. We should be encouraging social media use in our companies. READ MORE

This Hotel Room Has Its Own Boeing 737 Flight Simulator


Travelers looking to experience what it’s like to fly over one of the world’s best airports can now do so straight from the comfort of their room at the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyo. Drawing inspiration from its location near Haneda (Tokyo International) Airport, the hotel is opening a room that comes with its own flight simulator to provide guests with sweeping views as they embark on flights over the facility to Osaka's Itami Airport. READ MORE

This China Airlines Ad Makes Travel Sound Absolutely Dreadful. And It’s a Huge Hit


Airlines love to tell you all sorts of reasons to travel more, but they usually don’t mention the likelihood that you’ll get unexpectedly pregnant, injured, inked, married or plagued by a cursed keepsake. China Airlines, on the other hand, proudly pitches these and more scenarios in its dark and cheeky new spot, “What Travel Brings You,” from agency Leo Burnett Taiwan. READ MORE