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The Travel Goods Show is the industry’s biggest press magnet, with more than 20 working media attendees already registered, representing outlets like the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Fox News, Lonely Planet, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, San Francisco Examiner and more. Make sure we’re informed, so they are, too – contact Kate Ryan with your event info, we’ll post it to The Show website and in our media blasts: 774-929-5223, kate@kateryanpr.com.

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There are only a few rooms left at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, at TGA’s aggressively discounted rate that’s hundreds off. BOOK NOW, before they’re gone. And don’t forget to register for The Show ahead of time – you’ll save waiting in line in New Orleans, plus you’ll receive lunch vouchers for both days of The Show, courtesy of TGA.

China Tariff Exclusions Now at Four


On February 19, 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 drawstring backpacks (See description on Page 6, #5) 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 August 7, 2020). Previous tariffs paid are eligible for refunds, retroactive to September 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 closes this coming Monday, February 24, at 5:15 P.M. Over 60 MTB petitions have been filed on travel goods, 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 before the February 24 deadline.


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The 40-Year-Old Millennial: Focused on Debt Repayment, Travel and Retirement


As the oldest millennials turn 40 this year, many are pursuing life milestones differently than their parents. A new Truist survey conducted by Wakefield Research finds millennials who have a financial plan cite debt repayment, travel and increasing the amount they save for retirement as their top financial goals, outpacing traditional milestones like homeownership and starting or expanding a family. READ MORE

The 7 Biggest Social Media Sites in 2020


All social media networks are not created equally. While Instagram might be a powerhouse for one brand, it’ll do nothing for another – and while one business might have tons of engagement on Facebook, another business will gain more traction on LinkedIn. With that in mind, how do you choose where to invest your time (and potentially ad spend)? READ MORE

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