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TGA Industry News Briefs

Saving Lives with Travel Gear Repair Tools

In a time when many of us feel helpless, Matt Gardner of Jekyll & Hide turned his luggage repair business into a COVID-19 mask resource and development center. Gardner, of Ridgewood, NJ, uses his store’s industrial sewing machine to turn out masks for distribution to local front-line health care workers. Read his inspiring story, and share your own tales of how you’re coping with the pandemic at tga@travel-goods.org or @travelgoodsassoc on Instagram.

The Stimulus Package and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)


On April 3, the U.S. Small Business Administration, through its affiliated bank lenders, started to accept applications for benefits under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (April 2 Interim Final Rule, borrower application, borrower information sheet). Regrettably, there has been a lot of confusion over PPP, including who can apply and how to make certain calculations. Please see great resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Federation (including a great webinar/slide deck) that help to answer many of these specific questions.


Kudlow Says U.S. Won’t Defer Tariffs Because It’s Too Hard


White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the Trump administration decided against deferring payments for certain tariffs for now, citing the complexity of administering such a plan. “We looked a little bit at most-favored nation custom duties and we decided it was too complicated,” Kudlow said Friday on Bloomberg Television. READ MORE

Business Communications Key During Coronavirus


While the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic is still pending, brands across all markets are affected and looking to answer: OK, what do I do now? “Business leaders often think of disruption being initiated by a competitor or new entrant to their market. The coronavirus pandemic proves there are other sources of disruption,” said Dave Coffaro, principal at Strategic Advisory Consulting Group. In any upheaval, getting your company’s communications in order is vital. READ MORE

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Tourism Marketing’s Fight for Survival Offers a Chance for Reinvention


Though many tourism boards have been remarkably creative in their efforts to stay relevant during travel’s deep freeze, uncomfortable longer-term questions can’t be avoided. In absence of its main source of revenue, how will tourism marketing find a way to survive? When (and if) it gets to the other side, will it be a changed industry, or one that quickly tries to regain the glory days? READ MORE

Airlines and Hotels Are Still Booking Travel Months Away, But Experts Caution Against Making Any Reservations You Can’t Cancel


With airlines and hotels offering cheap rates and carriers such as JetBlue letting you book as far out as January 2021, you may be wondering whether it's worth jumping on any of the current travel deals to book vacation in the future. If you're considering pulling the trigger on a cheap flight or hotel room now for travel dates in the future, here's what you need to know. READ MORE

Four Pillars of Leadership


Leadership is not a title. You can never be appointed a leader, whatever your business card may say. Leadership has to be earned. Certain individuals have the ability to impact the lives of others with their action, insights and words. The late Steve Jobs said it best – “Leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.” READ MORE

How Can’t-Close Retailers Are Keeping Workers Safe


Workers at grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other “can’t close” retail businesses are working overtime and risking their own health to keep the rest of us in food, medicine, and toilet paper. The companies they work for need to take care of them in order to keep both them and us safe. Based on our research and work, we think the operational practices and values of the retailers we call “good jobs companies” can provide guidance to others. READ MORE

Episode Two of John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” Is Ridiculously Wonderful


Actor John Krasinski has launched an excellent new YouTube show, “Some Good News,” that delivers just that: sometimes touching, sometimes funny – and always deeply human – stories of people coming together to support each other during the global coronavirus pandemic. Episode 2, released on Sunday, raises the game – and makes clear that Krasinski has not only mastered the new WFH-show format, but is pretty much right up there with Tom Hanks when it comes to lovable, wholesome celebritydom. READ MORE