This is no time to sit still. We know you’re hustling as best you can with the current health crisis and economic fallout. We are too. TGA’s efforts in D.C. ensure we have a voice in the economic policy being crafted to aid industry and small business, and we’ll maintain that pressure for as long as it takes. Keep up with our D.C. news on the Industry Updates: COVID-19 page on the TGA Website, and know that we’re alongside you for the duration.
On March 21, TGA joined dozens of organizations in urging President Trump and Congress of the critical need for financial support for the industry during these trying times. The letter followed a March 20 letter from the travel goods, apparel, and footwear industries urging the Trump administration to take quick action to help the industry, including access to capital and credit and tariff relief. Moreover, TGA has convinced U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide temporarily deferral of tariff payments on a case-by-case basis for the industry (Contact TGA’s Nate Herman for more information). TGA continues to work on a longer-term blanket duty deferral that we hope will be announced shortly.
This week, the U.S. government announced that it has granted new exclusions from the punitive China tariffs for 8 travel goods items (NO luggage) – certain backpacks and duffel bags made of hemp and organic cotton (see description on page 8, #44) (see petition),
certain man-made fiber backpacks (see description on page 8, #45) (see petition), certain fishing tackle bags (see description on page 8, #46) (see petition), certain surfboard covers (see description on page 8, #47) (see petition), certain tote bags with printing (see description on Page 8, #48) (see petition), certain storage bags for powersport vehicles (see description on Page 8, #49) (see petition), certain belt pouches/holsters (see description on page 8, #50) (see petition), and certain gun cases (boots) (see description on page 8, #51) (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. The U.S. government denied thousands of petitions over the last week. In fact, USTR has reviewed all by 3,233 petitions (out of 30,283 petitions submitted) – denying 25,730 petitions to date and only granting 1,017 petitions to date (a 3.4% approval rate). For travel goods, out of 863 petitions filed, USTR has granted only 12 petitions, rejected 679 petitions, with 172 petitions still pending review.
The 73rd annual Travel Goods Show was held in New Orleans on March 4 and 5. In the midst of so much uncertainty, the products were reassuring and hopeful: One day soon, we will be speed-wheeling through international airports and sleeping fitfully at cruising altitude. Here are my top discoveries. READ MORE
Many workplace experts have already noted that the forced shift to working from home will likely alter the way businesses approach their operations, even after the pandemic, while the increased engagement in online groups could make them even more significant, connective elements, and valued tools for support and assistance. READ MORE
Governments have warned against non-essential travel and the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and other countries have stopped foreign arrivals altogether. With an increasing number of places in lockdown, many tourists had to cancel their holidays, while others have been left stranded abroad. What can you do if you find yourself in those situations? Here are some answers. READ MORE
We spoke with eight travel and hospitality workers, from California to Croatia. Each had their own story, but echoed similar concerns about the uncertainty about their future. In looking at an unprecedented worldwide coronavirus outbreak, they turned to the past: how their tourism industry had survived devastating hurricanes and destructive civil wars. They will survive this, too, they said. READ MORE
Being stuck at home can be challenging. When I lived on the International Space Station for nearly a year, it wasn’t easy. But I learned some things during my time up there that I’d like to share – because they are about to come in handy again, as we all confine ourselves at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Here are a few tips on living in isolation, from someone who has been there. READ MORE
Livestreams have popped up all over the world to help us through this very difficult time as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic. Those include museums giving virtual tours, operas offering encore performances, and stunning walks through national parks with knowledgable rangers. And now, we can add one more spectacular thing for viewers at home to watch: This stream of the Northern Lights directly from a webcam in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. READ MORE
For most brands, the coronavirus pandemic has presented a difficult time to run any ads, no matter the platform. Finding the right messaging can be tricky, and marketers have pulled or postponed campaigns that could appear insensitive during this time. Under social distancing or stay-at-home orders, some brands simply have had no choice but to cut their ad spending. In the first two weeks of March, travel brands cut their ad spending by about 50% compared to this time last year, according to analytics firm MediaRadar. READ MORE
The key question CEOs and companies are dealing with is how to lead in this environment. While the situation is somewhat reminiscent of the challenges we all faced during the Great Recession – I became CEO of Best Buy in 2012 when the company was supposed to go under – there is no obvious blueprint to follow. But perhaps, the same principles of purposeful, human leadership – such as putting people and customers first, treating profit as an outcome rather than the goal – that we used then can be applied now. READ MORE
Folks, you've got it going on. You woke up in a country all but shut down by the new coronavirus, and polls show most of you are taking seriously both the threat of the virus and the guidance from public health officials to stay home. What the polls don't show, but what the collection of stories below does, is that you're finding ways to lift each other up, help each other out and laugh when you need it the most. READ MORE
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