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Don’t Get Scammed by Hotel Hijinks


Don’t get scammed by organizations purporting to be the “official” housing provider for The 2020 Travel Goods Show in New Orleans. Unfortunately, scam artists regularly target trade show attendees by posing as booking agents, and they’ll contact you via email, phone, fax or letter. The only safe way to obtain rooms for The Show will be through the official Show website – there are no companies authorized to book rooms on TGA’s behalf. If you are contacted by anyone running this scam please notify TGA immediately, to protect the Association and your fellow Show attendees. Look for booking links and info when the official 2020 Show website comes online in the coming weeks.

China Tranche 3 Tariff Exclusion Process: September 5 TGA Webinar, First Petitions Rejected as Number of Petitions Grow, Process Closes September 30


On Thursday, September 5 at 2:00 P.M. EDT, TGA will hold a webinar on the U.S. Government’s exclusion process (details, web portal, letter to USTR, webinar recording) from Tranche 3 tariffs, including the 25% tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China. (Register for the webinar here) If an exclusion is granted on a certain product, any U.S. import of that product is eligible for refunds of all punitive tariffs paid since September 2018 and is excluded from paying punitive tariffs for one year after the exclusion is granted. As of August 21, a total of 9,128 exclusion petitions have been filed for Tranche 3, of which 25 companies filed a combined 118 petitions requesting exclusions for certain travel goods.

Once a petition is live on the portal, the public has 14 days to file a response to the petition. For example, for petitions filed on August 20, the response period closes September 3. Note that any exclusion granted applies to not just the petitioner but to ALL U.S. importers who meet both the HTS number and the product description in the exclusion petition. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses in SUPPORT of petitions. The deadline to file petitions is September 30.

As of today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has granted exclusions for 15 petitions (none in the travel goods space) and denied 94 petitions, including 12 travel goods petitions. None of the denied travel goods petitions had responses in support of the petition. Regrettably, 6 petitions were denied even though there was no opposition. Further, many were denied not because there was U.S. production but because of production in another third country, which appears to undermine the stated purpose of the exclusion process. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman ( if you have questions or would like additional information.

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Thinking of Traveling with Your Pet? Here Are Some Tips from the Pros


It’s safe to say there is a rise of pet travelers – especially with dogs. This growing nationwide trend can seem daunting, but, with the right tips and products, a vacation with your pet can be successful. There are a handful of things you need to keep in mind and Erin Bokuniewicz, a pet expert at Pet Supplies Plus, is here with her best tips and hacks for you and your pet, so you can take a pet-friendly trip soon! READ MORE

How We’ll Travel in 2050


If the aviation industry were a country, it would rank among the world’s top 10 emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2). Aviation emissions have risen by 70% since 2005, and as demand increases in rich and poorer countries, they’re forecast to increase by between 300% and 700% by 2050. Read about potential alternatives we may encounter in the years ahead. READ MORE

Consumers Aren't Buying Goods with Retail Apps


According to a PYMNTS and LISNR report entitled "Which Apps Do They Want?", most shoppers use paper or plastics – 3.9% of respondents say they use credit cards, 63.4% use debit cards and 55.7% use cash – to purchase goods in store. Only 12% of shoppers use retailers’ apps to pay in store and only 11% use mobile wallets, PYMNTS found. READ MORE

Art, Exercise or a Nap? All Could Be Yours During a Long Layover


You’ve been in this situation before: After arriving at Chicago O’Hare, or Dallas/Fort Worth, or Boston Logan, your connecting flight is delayed by several hours. Sure, you could window shop at Hudson News, or nurse a venti soy latte at the concourse Starbucks. But depending on where you find yourself, you can now also get a quick workout, take in some world-renowned art, or even grab a shower and 40 winks. READ MORE

Tourist Couple Faces 6 Years in Prison for Stealing Sand from Italian Beach


A French couple who stole sand from their Italian beach vacation is facing up to six years in prison for their illegal souvenir. The white sands of Sardinia have been under federal protection since 2017. Signs in multiple languages on Sardinian beaches warn visitors about the punishments for stealing sand, but that did not stop one couple from filling 14 plastic bottles with almost 90 pounds of sand last week. READ MORE