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Chow Down in NOLA – on TGA


You could be a winner, like Moses Berger of Portmantos/Luggage Online in Metuchen, NJ, who will be dining at Galatoire’s in New Orleans, and TGA will pick up the tab. Plus TGA will be treating David Saad of Luggage World in Minneapolis, MN, to the famous beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde, NOLA’s famous 24-hour eatery, est. 1862. To win, register NOW to attend The Travel Goods Show and you could score a $150 meal for two at Arnaud’s – famed for classic Creole fare – or $50 in food and drink at Cafe du Monde.

The Best Audience in Travel Gear is Waiting for You


More new travel products will debut at The Travel Goods Show March 4-5, 2020, than any other event. Hundreds of the world’s best retail buyers count on The Show to keep them abreast of what’s new in the travel segment, and if you’re not present you won’t be on their radar. Don’t miss out – contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702, to meet the best retailers in travel, and give your 2020 sales a boost.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Portal NOW CLOSED – Dozens of Travel Goods Petitions Submitted


The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) portal is NOW CLOSED. By the deadline on December 10, companies had filed 3,397 petitions, including 40 travel goods petitions. Through the MTB process, Congress allows importers to petition for the temporary reduction or elimination of tariffs on U.S. imports of certain products as long as there is no U.S. production of the product. The process ends with Congress voting on a final package of MTB provisions in fall 2020, with the temporary tariff reductions going into effect January 1, 2021 for a period of three years. The next step is a public comment period that begins mid-January for companies to support or oppose petitions. MTBs provide a great opportunity to mitigate tariffs.

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Travel Gear Gift Guide


It’s time for the Travel Gear Gift Guide. Gift giving is a year-round occasion. Any time is a good time to give the gift of travel, either in gear or a trip to a favorite destination. We have you covered with several options for frequent travelers or the person who has one or two favorite trips per year. READ MORE

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life


For the road warriors among us, traveling – especially air travel – can be stressful. So products that make our lives easier and more comfortable are always welcome gifts. However, holiday gift shopping is an added stress that most of us can do without. So here is a list of tried-and-true bigger items and stocking stuffers for the travelers in your life, even, or especially, if that traveler happens to be you. READ MORE


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What’s Ahead for Retail? Simple…Just Look to the Past


When I think about where the industry is headed, it’s only natural to start with where we’ve been – and how far we’ve come. Reflecting back on three and a half decades of success, failures, and extraordinary growth in an industry that has been undergoing near constant evolution, there are clear themes that emerge, some obvious lessons to be learned, and some important clues about the big developments – and big questions – that will shape the future of retail and mixed-use development going forward. READ MORE

9 Simple Techniques Any Leader Can Use to Show Employees Appreciation


Most employees do not feel appreciated or acknowledged, as suggested in a study by Gallup. As Margaret Cousins once said: “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” Here are nine techniques to show employees appreciation and help them feel acknowledged at work. READ MORE

Travel + Leisure Just Released Its List of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020. Here’s a Look at the 7 U.S. Destinations that Made the List


Travel + Leisure has released its list of 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020. The list, which is compiled by Travel + Leisure editors as well as travel writers, advisors, and other experts, includes places that are "at the forefront of the global conversation" as well as "perennial favorites that are reinventing themselves in exciting ways," according to a press release. READ MORE

Does Airbnb’s Pre-Brexit Move Signal Change for Travel Payments?


Travel is never boring – if it is, you are doing it wrong – and that holds especially true when it comes to how travel connects to payments and the broader world of commerce. And what a time it’s been, including for cross-border payments and the travel industry – the main subject of a fresh PYMNTS interview with Peter Butterfield, chief compliance officer at Flywire, which provides global payment services. He discussed what’s coming next as significant changes are taking place with travel and travel payments. READ MORE

How is Duty-Free Retail Set to Evolve in the Future?


The concept of airport duty-free has expanded from a small luxury shop in Ireland to one of the highest-earning sectors of the retail industry. How did duty-free shopping at airports reach this height, and what does its future hold? READ MORE

How Technology and Retail Trends Have Changed Shoplifting, for Better and Worse


Shoplifting isn’t what it used to be. Over the past quarter-century, retail theft and fraud are trending down, thanks to technology such as store security cameras and anti-theft tags on merchandise. But other trends such as self-checkout stations and fewer employees in many stores have created new challenges for retailers, experts say. READ MORE

How to Create a Winning Social Media Strategy in 2020


As soon as you think you’ve got this social media marketing thing down, something happens. It’s always changing. How are you supposed to keep up? For starters, let’s talk about what social media marketing will look like in the coming year. Then you can answer the question about how you can best leverage social media in 2020. READ MORE