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A press release is only as strong as its distribution list. And TGA can help! We've cultivated our own network of press and media contacts, travel industry influencers and newsmakers, and we're ready to put that list to work for you while summer travel is still going strong. Please be sure to include TGA in your mailing/distribution lists for press releases, especially those pertaining to products. TGA posts releases on its website and Facebook page, which are referenced by travel writers and journalists whose beats include travel items. The more journalists your release reaches, the more coverage you'll get. It's really that simple. Send your press releases to Kim Wong at Kim@travel-goods.org.

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Product safety — 47 more California Proposition 65 notices issued
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Four Proposition 65 (Prop 65) litigants have issued 47 new "60-day" notices in recent weeks, alleging that brands and retailers sold tote bags (Notice 1; Notice 2), fashion accessories (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4; Notice 5; Notice 6; Notice 7; Notice 8; Notice 9; Notice 10; Notice 11; Notice 12; Notice 13; Notice 14; Notice 15; Notice 16; Notice 17; Notice 18; Notice 19; Notice 20; Notice 21; Notice 22; Notice 23; Notice 24; Notice 25), wallets (Notice 1), cosmetic and toiletries cases (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4; Notice 5; Notice 6), belts (Notice 1), jewelry (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4), footwear (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4; Notice 5; Notice 6; Notice 7; Notice 8; Notice 9; Notice 10; Notice 11; Notice 12), and training and fitness suits (Notice 1) in California that contained phthalates and lead in violation of Prop 65. The 47 new notices bring this year's total to 328 cases involving travel goods and fashion related products. TGA has included these notices, along with all other travel goods and fashion-related notices for the past three years, in the TGA Prop 65 "60 Day Notice" running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis to help catalog the effects of this law on the travel goods industry. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman at 703-797-9062. More

Today's top luxury travel trends
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The Travel Experts just completed a trend survey of its member agencies, each of whom specializes in catering to the needs of luxury travelers. The two biggest trends here are the return to travelers planning trips well in advance, while the past few years have seen much shorter lead times and last minute bookings, and the emergence of South America as a hot destination. More

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New Ypartnership survey reveals key leisure travel trends
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At the core of this year's findings is the sustained sense of "new resourcefulness" embraced by travelers, a response to Americans' unwavering commitment to travel despite persistent economic concerns. Americans treasure their leisure and vacation time — citing travel as their number two passion behind family, the survey found. These travelers are also savvier and more self-reliant since the arrival of the Great Recession, however. Also enabled by the continued growth of the Internet, they are more determined than ever to obtain the most value from their travel purchases — though their definition of this is no longer based on price alone. More

Retail sales post best gain in 4 months
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Consumers spent more on autos, furniture, clothing and gas in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in four months. The gain signaled that Americans are a little more confident in the economy and could help dispel fears that the country is headed for another recession. Retail sales rose 0.5% last month, the Commerce Department said. It was the best showing since March. More

Are you rewarding your employees fairly?
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Are employees at your small business being rewarded fairly for their efforts? Think carefully — this is a loaded question. What matters isn't whether you believe they are being rewarded fairly, but whether they think they are. Why should you care what your employees think about this? Well, workers who don't feel they are fairly rewarded are likely to become resentful and seek to leave your business at the first opportunity. More

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5 steps to get your business ready for Google+
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"The potential for businesses to use Google+ is unlimited," says Aaron Strout, Director, Interactive, WCG. "It really brings the best of LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook together. And it should be very business friendly to boot." Google's secret sauce for Strout is the potential integration of all its products within Google+, which has great potential for B2B marketing. More

Why the recovery eludes small business
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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently released a study to explain why employment at small businesses dropped so much more than employment at large companies during the Great Recession. The upshot of the Fed's analysis: Small employers cut staff so severely because of a drop in consumer demand. More

Easier ways to make smarter decisions
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Sometimes, your brain just won't give you a break. Rom Schrift, of Wharton, and Oded Netzer and Ran Kivetz of Columbia University, have just completed research showing that when a decision is easier than people expect, they often make it more difficult. That way, it matches preconceived notions of how "hard" a given choice is supposed to be, and people feel like they've done the right amount of "work" in reaching a conclusion. More
 
 
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