It’s no understatement to say we’re living in a changed world. In the scant two weeks since The Travel Goods Show adjourned in New Orleans we’ve seen a sea change in every segment of life, in every corner of the globe. Take care of yourselves and your community. And know that TGA is here for you, as your connection to the industry at large. We’re all in this together.
Politicians and business groups are sharply divided on what to do about President Trump’s tariffs, with some arguing that China is poised to take advantage of the U.S. READ MORE
A new survey suggests travel is alive and well. More than half of Americans (58%) are planning to travel between May and September 2020, as long as their destinations aren't in quarantine. But they're being careful. A quarter of participants will try to avoid big cities and public transportation, and 21% will choose domestic travel, according to the survey conducted by LuggageHero. READ MORE
The UK Travel Retail Forum (UKTRF) trade association has called on the government to urgently step in to support the UK aviation and travel retail sector. Government actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have led to 70%+ traffic reduction over the last few days, according to the forum. Those worst affected are airport operators, travel retail operators, and landside, airside and maritime concessionaires. READ MORE
The National Retail Federation wrote to President Trump and congressional leaders yesterday, asking for a direct, government-backed loan program to help it through the coronavirus until normal business operations can resume. READ MORE
The executive learning curve, moving from operational to strategic thinking and leadership, alongside rapid change, can be one of the most significant challenges for a new leader. Many executives do not make a successful leap. Here are eight ways to set up new leaders for success. READ MORE
There are a few pockets of the retail sector that are looking to staff up to meet scorching demand: Amazon, for one, announced plans on Monday to hire 100,000 delivery and warehouse workers in the U.S. and Canada to handle the surge in orders it has seen since the crisis began. Kroger, the country’s largest supermarket chain, has hired more than 2,000 workers and has another 10,000-plus positions open across its network of stores, plants and distribution centers. READ MORE
Coronavirus has been making its way across the globe, shutting down travel in its wake. First Asia, then Europe, and now the U.S. travel industry is coming to a halt as well. Skift Research shows that nearly half of Americans who were still holding travel plans canceled them this past week. READ MORE
In order to help people ease their minds during uncertain times (and enjoy some art), the Museum of the City of New York decided to start the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen on Twitter and Instagram to share imagery and artworks online in tiny doses. Since starting the hashtag, over 75 museums (and counting) have followed suit, sharing beautiful artworks, photos of architecture, archival images, and even some videos of installations. And it’s not just art museums that are using the hashtag – natural history, science, and nature museums are also using it as well. READ MORE
Almost everybody on social media uses hashtags, likely including your brand. But even though hashtags are ubiquitous, that doesn't mean they are always used most optimally when it comes to garnering the most attention. Your goals: make the most out of your wording; cover the right consumer communities; don't over- or under-tag; and check your progress consistently to see how your efforts are playing. Here are the freshest, most creative, and most effective ways you should use hashtags to boost your marketing power right now. READ MORE
Nobody is arguing that what is coming will be fun, easy or anything remotely approaching normal for a very long time. But if there is a silver lining in this crisis, it may be that the virus is forcing us to use the internet as it was always meant to be used – to connect with one another, share information and resources, and come up with collective solutions to urgent problems. READ MORE
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