The 2011 Travel Goods Show is now online!
The 2011 Travel Goods Show website is up and running, giving you a sneak peek at what's in store for what's shaping up to be the most well-attended Travel Goods Show ever! Check out the floor plan, see who's exhibiting, and get registered! Remember, on-site attendee registration is $100, but online registration is absolutely free. Plus, you can make your travel plans and hotel arrangements (look for the TGA-designated hotels when you book). Visit www.thetravelgoodsshow.org now and get a jump on next year's biggest travel goods event. More
Get your charity "showcased"
Have you or your company been doing good deeds in the community? Give yourself a pat on the back, and let Travel Goods Showcase help inspire others by sharing your example with the rest of the travel goods industry. Please send us press releases about your philanthropic activity by Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, for editorial consideration for the November issue of Travel Goods Showcase. Submissions are also automatically considered for the Community Service Award given each year at The Travel Goods Show. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Cathy Trecartin, email@example.com. *Please note, images should be in jpeg format, and at least 2 inches at 300 dpi. More
House approves China currency bill, fate in Senate remains unclear
The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 29 approved, by a vote of 348-79, pending legislation sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and amended by House Ways & Means Committee Chair Sandy Levin, D-Mich., that would punish China over the currency issue. The TGA-opposed legislation, the Currency Reform Fair Trade Act (H.R. 2378), would make currency manipulation a subsidy under U.S. countervailing duty (CVD) laws, making it much easier to bring and win trade remedy cases against U.S. imports of specific products from China. The U.S. Senate adjourned for the November elections before taking up the House-passed bill. It remains unclear whether the Senate will take up the China currency issue when it returns to Washington, DC on Nov. 15 for a lame-duck session of Congress. More
AAFA releases RSL 7
On September 30, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) published the seventh edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear, and travel goods. The AAFA RSL, initially released in the summer of 2007, is the first of its kind. The list covers chemicals and other substances whose presence in a product is restricted through a government regulation or law. The list identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation worldwide. The list, which has become the global industry standard for RSLs, can be downloaded for free from the AAFA Web site. Other chemical management tools are also available for free on the AAFA website. More
Thomas Stanley, COO Of Cox And Kings, discusses top 10 luxury travel trends of 2011
Thomas Stanley, COO of Cox & Kings, the longest-established travel company in the world with more than 250 years of experience, recently discussed how he sees the most substantial destinations, experiences and modes of travel for the coming year. More
How trends in global travel will change medical tourism
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Although many people in the business dislike the term "medical tourism," there is no getting away from the fact that it is a niche within the global tourism market. The latest international tourism figures show a global recovery in travel. Expecting medical tourism to grow as rapidly as it did before the recession is optimistic. Expecting the business to restart from where it was in 2007 is simplistic, as the business, the world, and consumers have all changed. More
Airplane air is no riskier than other enclosed spaces, study says
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Thousands of flights to Mexico were canceled last year in response to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus there. And the SARS scare in 2003 prompted airports and airlines to adopt emergency measures, among them screening passengers for high fevers as they boarded. But recent studies, including a report in August by the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board, make a case that, in general, an airplane is no more a health threat to occupants than any other enclosed environment, like a theater or subway. More
Happy anniversary, wheeled luggage!
Wheels on a suitcase? So convenient, they're an unremarkable essential for today's traveler. But in 1970, Bernard Sadow had trouble selling his rolling suitcase idea. "I showed it to every department store in New York City and a lot of buying offices, and everybody said I was crazy. 'Nobody's going to pull a piece of luggage with wheels on it.' People just didn't think in those terms," Sadow said. More
Amtrak's East Coast high-speed rail plan
Peter Greenberg Worldwide Share
A 220 mph, high-speed train may one day link Boston and New York under a $117 billion plan announced by Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman in Philadelphia. The plan is set to be accomplished over a 30-year time frame and would cut travel times between East Coast cities in half. For example, travelers would be able to go from New York City to Washington, D.C., in just a little over an hour and a half, and from the Big Apple to Boston in just 86 minutes. More
Want to see what the future of shopping looks like?
NRF's Digital Division shop.org Share
A powerful video created by Resource Interactive and shown at the Shop.org Summit demonstrates how shopping is changing. Don't believe in the power of social media or mobile? Take three minutes and watch this. More
Urban Outfitters CEO shares merchandising insights
Retail's BIG Blog Share
CEO Glen Senk may lead a $2.5 billion company representing iconic fashion brands like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, but he clearly still considers himself a merchant at heart. So when an attendee at the Shop.org Summit asked a question about the future of merchandising, Senk's eyes lit up. His insights held the interest of the Summit's 3000+ attendees. More
How to improve your chances of getting a loan
Applying for a bank loan can be a frustrating and mystifying experience for small-business owners. Here's a brief guide to what makes bankers tick and some tips to help you navigate their world. More
Terrible times build great leaders
Forbes Leading Edge Blog Share
The Chinese character for "crisis" consists of two symbols. One means "danger," the other "opportunity." Every bad time hides great opportunity inside it. That opportunity is visible only to those who really want to see it. Use the economic challenge of the current moment to your advantage, to hone your leadership skills and to raise yourself and your team to the next level. More