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Live Large in the Big Easy


Attending The Travel Goods Show could be the smartest business decision you make all year, getting a jump on the decade’s new travel gear. And that goes double if you’re staying at one of the official host hotels, with specially discounted rates saving up to $100/night. The time and money saved by being able to walk to The Show will let you have a better, easier time of things during your stay in the Big Easy. And that’s livin’ large.

See the Sights…on TGA


Congrats to Chris Luce of The Container Store, who won a $100 dinner for two at Nolé. And to Erin White from Paradies Lagardere, who's being treated to a $50 gift card for Cafe du Monde, courtesy of TGA. All they had to do was register to attend The Travel Goods Show, and you could win too. Register for The Show now and you could win 2 tickets for a Live Jazz Cruise aboard the Steamboat Nanchez, a Craft Cocktail Tour for 2 in the French Quarter, or a $50 gift card for the finest beignets and dark coffee with chicory at Cafe du Monde.

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Consumer View Winter 2020: Convenience and the Consumer


For the Winter 2020 Consumer View, NRF surveyed consumers to understand the role convenience plays in their shopping decisions. Over nine in 10 are likely to choose a retailer based on convenience, and these shoppers are looking to retailers to help them save even more time and effort in their busy lifestyles. Read on to uncover how convenience shapes today’s shopping and the future of the retail industry. READ MORE

Fashion is Linking with Travel to Offer Customers New Convenience


Colin Hunter, co-founder of bespoke menswear brand Alton Lane, has a goal to integrate his brand’s custom-fit suiting into travel. Right now, one of the projects the brand is working on is a cruise partnership where customers get fitted on the first day of a cruise and have a custom suit waiting for them when the cruise ends. READ MORE

Travel Distance and Hotel Service Satisfaction: An Inverted U-shaped Relationship


Tourism marketers and hotel managers should take account of the distances people travel and offer them different packages, according to Dr. Sangwon Park of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In a recent study, researchers used information collected from TripAdvisor to evaluate how travel distance affects tourists' satisfaction with the level of hotel service at the destination. They found what they called an "inverted U-shaped" relationship, which suggests there is an optimum point at which the distance traveled maximizes the perception of service quality, after which it begins to decline. READ MORE

Shoppers Are Abandoning Store Dressing Rooms for Their Own Homes, And It’s Sparked a Wave of Returns


Returns proved to be a $309 billion headache for the retail business in 2019, according to a report from Appriss Retail, a service that tracks and bars customers from making purchases after they have made too many returns. Of those returns, online sales accounted for $41 billion. And an entire cottage industry has sprung up to cater to retailers struggling to stem the tide of returns. READ MORE

5 CEOs Share 5 Leadership Tips for a Successful 2020


The beginning of a new decade is a critical time for business leaders and executives to switch things up and enhance their leadership approach to be more successful in 2020. As any good leader knows, success starts from within. Five successful executives shared with me how they are adjusting their strategies to fuel the success of their businesses this year. Here's what they had to say. READ MORE

New Orleans and Louisiana Named Top 2020 Destinations to Visit by Travel Website


Trips to Discover, a digital magazine focused on travel trends and helping people discover new destinations, recently released its lists of the top 10 states and cities that have been voted the best vacation destinations this year. Louisiana landed at the No. 5 spot among the top 10 U.S. states with the most overall votes. New Orleans is No. 2 among U.S. cities with the most overall votes, according to the website. READ MORE

The Traveler’s Conundrum: Unpack or Not Unpack?


For frequent travelers, it’s a constant consideration: Is it worth unpacking your suitcase while on the road, only to pack it up again? Or maybe it’s not a question that’s considered, but a deeply ingrained habit akin to always checking a bag, or preferring the window over the aisle seat or setting aside certain outfits for certain travel days. READ MORE

How to Stay Healthy on a Plane as Coronavirus, Flu, Colds Raise Travel Concerns


Winter travel is hazardous enough with cold and flu season and the persistent threat of weather woes, and this year travelers have an added worry: a coronavirus outbreak in China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it would take the unusual step of screening passengers traveling to the U.S. from Wuhan, China, upon arrival at three airports. READ MORE