Improve Your Retail Savvy
Keep pace with the changing retail environment, with this year’s RETAIL LAB experience at The Travel Goods Show. These brief, intensive sessions will build retail savvy – and your business. This is your chance to interact with retail thought leaders about best retail practices, including how to attract and retain customers, marketing, merchandising, and harnessing social media to grow your business. See the RETAIL LAB schedule here.
Be a Winner in New Orleans
Don’t lose out – TGA’s specially negotiated discount rooms are almost gone, and the TGA rate of $169/night is $100 less than the current rate at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. BOOK NOW, before they’re no more. And while you’re at it, Register NOW to Attend, and get free lunch at The Show, courtesy of TGA. Speaking of free, congratulations are in order for Lynne Howells from Boscov's Department Stores and Barbara Tolliver of The Traveler, who each won tickets for guided tours of NOLA’s Garden District and famed Lafayette Cemetery with Unique NOLA Tours. And Gayle Carrol of T.W. Carrol & Co., Cheryl Flynn of Eddie Bauer, and Hailey Belluk of CAA Manitoba all won Evening Jazz Discovery Tours for two with New Orleans Urban Adventures Tour Company. Thanks to all the buyers who registered early for The 2020 Travel Goods Show – we think you're all winners!
China Tariff Exclusions Now at Three
On Jan. 31, the U.S. government published a new set of decisions under its review of the 30,322 tariff exclusion requests on the 25% punitive tariffs under Tranche 3. As a result, the government has now granted exclusions for three travel goods items: certain leather bags (see description on Page 6, #5; see petition), certain nylon bags (see description on Page 8, #31; see petition), and certain zippered bags on armbands (see description on Page 9, #32; see petition). Anyone importing products matching these descriptions no longer pay the punitive 25% tariff (until Aug. 7, 2020). Previous tariffs paid are eligible for refunds, retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018. To date, the U.S. government has denied 396 travel goods petitions. 501 travel goods petitions still await review.
Public Comment Period on Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTB) Now Open
The public comment period on Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTB) petitions is now open. Over 40 MTB petitions have been filed, with petitioners seeking 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.
Coronavirus – No Restrictions on Imported Cargo/Ships from China
In the latest version of its FAQs, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states, “In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures…Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of 2019-nCoV associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of 2019-nCoV in the U.S. associated with imported goods.” This follows the Feb. 2 U.S. Coast Guard announcement that, “Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) or embarked crewmembers who have been in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, with restrictions.”
The U.S.-China Trade War Has Vietnam in the Crosshairs BLOOMBERG
A Cold War battleground once looked like one of the few winners as the two superpowers vied for dominance. Now it's bracing for trouble. READ MORE
As EU Decision on Tariffs Looms, Cambodia Garment Industry Gets Nervous NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW
A rare public spat has broken out between Cambodian garment factories and the international brands they supply as concerns grow that the country will soon lose its tariff-free access to Europe. READ MORE
Tips – and Gear – for Spring Break Travel
FOX 5 WASHINGTON
Travel journalist and friend of TGA Troy Petenbrink appeared on Washington, DC’s Fox affiliate earlier this week to discuss spring break travel – and the best gear for the journey. Watch his segment for helpful tips – and to see several products from Travel Goods Show exhibitors.
What the Airport of 2030 Will Look Like
Whether it's biometrics to get through security, an airline app that tells you if your flight is delayed or free Wi-Fi and charging areas for all travelers, there's no doubt technology this past decade has helped enhance the airport experience for fliers around the world. How exactly will it continue to make a difference in the 10 years to come?
A Former F.B.I. Negotiator and His Tips for Travel THE NEW YORK TIMES
Chris Voss details how empathy, bargaining and other tactics can be applied to landing travel perks, avoiding travel penalties and more.
Brexit Day: What You Need to Know About Traveling Between the UK and EU THE POINTS GUY
After years of back and forth, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, was the day that the United Kingdom officially left the European Union. But what does Brexit mean for travelers? Will U.K. citizens be able to continue to travel freely throughout Europe? Will flights between the U.K. and EU continue to operate as scheduled?
9 Social Media Goals to Help Boost Your Strategy in 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
The goals you set for your social media efforts shouldn't come out of nowhere. Data insights should always be the cornerstone of all your goal setting. Taking key trends and shifts as reference points, here are goals that will actually be relevant to the directions that the social media platforms are taking this year.
Tourism Industry Hit Hard as Chinese Tourists Stay Home
Following the recent ban on group trips and package-bookings, the absence of Chinese travelers will be felt most dramatically across the Asia-Pacific region, which depends heavily on Chinese tourism, while parts of Europe and the Americas are also feeling the pressure.
Valentine’s Day Shows No Love for Retailers…and the Feeling is Mutual
MY TOTAL RETAIL
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and retailers everywhere are feeling the pressure. In 2019, Valentine's Day shoppers spent an impressive $20.7 billion on candy, bling, teddy bears, flowers, and other romantic gifts, according to the National Retail Federation. From new marketing campaigns, new promotions, and big, attractive discounts, retailers and e-tailers alike are trying to boost sales and stay a step ahead of Cupid. With consumers expected to spend even more in 2020, it seems like all retailers want a piece of the action. Or do they?
5 Practices You Can Learn to Keep Growing as a Leader
Building a business is not a one-person job, and leading by edict rarely works these days. You need to pick the right people and learn to lead the team as you go. I just completed a new book, The Self-Evolved Leader by Dave McKeown. While directed at larger-enterprise leaders, it includes many of the key elements about learning that I use when coaching entrepreneurs. Here are the key practices that McKeown and I both see as critical to your growth as a business leader.
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