Eat Free in NOLA
Register now for The Travel Goods Show, and experience NOLA’s signature cuisine for free. You’ll receive lunch vouchers for onsite dining at the convention center, showcasing iconic Louisiana dishes. Plus you could join winners from AAA, Stein Mart, Portmantos, Luggage World, TJX and NewsLink, who’ve all won $150 gift certificates for famed NOLA fine dining eateries or $50 at Cafe du Monde, the French Quarter landmark est. 1862, just for registering for The 2020 Show! REGISTER NOW for a chance to win a $100 dinner for two at Nolé with its Latin-influenced menu, or $50 to spend on coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde.
Smart Savings at The Travel Goods Show
Now’s the smart time to book lodging for The Travel Goods Show, while there are still rooms available at TGA’s specially negotiated rates of $159 and $169/night, a savings of up to $100/night. Plus you’ll save time – and cab fare – by staying walking distance from the world’s greatest travel goods showcase. Rooms are limited, so don’t delay – book now and save.
China “Phase One” Deal Leaves Travel Goods Out in the Cold
The U.S./China “Phase One” Deal President Trump will sign next week (press release, fact sheet, Federal Register Notice) provides no relief for travel goods, as the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China remain at 25%.
Tariff Exclusion Process Offers First Signs of Relief
The U.S. government's review of the 30,322 tariff exclusion requests to remove the 25% punitive tariffs on certain U.S. imports from China finally provides a small amount of relief for the industry, with the U.S. government granting the exclusion request for certain leather brief bags (under HTS 4202110030). That means anyone (not just the petitioner) importing the subject bags from China that meet the description in the Federal Register notice (See page 6, #5) will no longer have to pay the punitive 25% tariff on those imports (until August 7, 2020). Further, they are eligible for refunds of the punitive tariffs paid to date, retroactive to September 24, 2018. Of the 863 exclusion petitions filed on travel goods, only 389 of those petitions (45.1%) have been reviewed to date, with all but one petition reviewed to date being denied (see above).
Public Comment Period on Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTB) Opens January 10
The public comment period on Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTB) opens January 10. Forty MTB petitions have been filed. Through the MTB process, importers petition for the temporary reduction 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 tariff reductions benefit anyone importing the same product. TGA urges companies to file comments on the petitions relevant to their products.
Fed Study: Trump Tariffs Backfired, Caused Job Losses and Higher Prices THE HILL
President Trump's tariffs on imports – meant to boost the economy – ultimately led to job losses and higher prices, a new study from the Federal Reserve has found. READ MORE
3 Key Trends You’ll Hear About at NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
It’s worth taking a look at predictions and forecasts as we prepare for NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show – what should we pay attention to? What are consumers going to expect in the year to come, and how can retailers prepare for those changing expectations? Here’s a closer look at three of those trends and a few of the thought leaders you’ll hear at NRF 2020 talking about them. READ MORE
In 2020, Retail is Moving Back to Main Street
All over the country, brands are offering customers a new way to shop that may just save the retail industry – and help build relationships.
5 Things Every Social Media Manager Should Be Doing in 2020
A lot happened in social media in 2019 – from the continued influence of President Trump’s Twitter feed to Miller Lite’s “Unfollow” campaign to the increased power of social media to drive action and public perception in political, economic and world theaters. However, now that the holidays are firmly behind us, I wanted to highlight five big themes in the social media world that we’re already starting to see emerge, which are certainly worth a look.
Adam Grant Picks 20 Leadership Books to Read in 2020 MARKER
I’m constantly surprised by the number of leaders and managers who say they’re too busy to read. Leaders who don’t have time to read are leaders who don’t make time to learn. To kick off the decade, here are my top picks for books that have the potential to have a lasting impact on your thoughts and actions. The major themes: problem-solving, relationships, rhythms of work and life, identity, and happiness.
In a Year of Perpetual Motion, Moments That Stopped Time
THE NEW YORK TIMES
What happened? Where have I been? After nearly a year in perpetual transit, hopping between the far-flung spots on 2019’s 52 Places to Go list, these are not easy questions to answer. Maybe a more cohesive picture of a once-in-a-lifetime year will crystallize with time. For now, the best I can do is draw out the moments that float on the surface of my memory, the ones I’m most grateful for, as they taught me invaluable lessons not only about the world, but also about myself. And isn’t that why we travel?
Norwegian Air is Kicking off 2020 with $134 Flights to Europe
TRAVEL + LEISURE
Norwegian Air is starting the New Year off right with flights to Europe starting at $134 each way – but you only have a few days to act. With the sale, it’s possible to get a flight from Los Angeles to Barcelona for only $159. Flyers departing from Chicago can get to London for only $140 and New Yorkers can fly to Rome for $134.
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