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Show off with the package deal
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Everyone knows The Travel Goods Show is the best showcase opportunity for new travel goods items. But that's just for openers. Sign on for a package deal and gain valuable added exposure with a half-page ad in Travel Goods Showcase, the world's biggest travel goods trade journal, and get added attention from the Travel Goods Product Guide (TGPG) and/or the New Products Pavilion (NPP). Upgrades to full-page ads are just $525, and you can display additional items in the TGPG or NPP at reduced cost. Don't be shy about promotion — it's your easiest way to get ahead. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702 for more info. Or sign in here to become a Travel Goods Show exhibitor, if you're not one already, and get noticed at the world's greatest travel goods showcase. More

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Sell more for less
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The new-and-improved Travel Goods Specialist Certificate Program 2.0 is a proven way to improve bottom-line sales. And if you sign up by October 31, you can take advantage of special 50% off promotional pricing*! Give your customers the shopping experience they deserve, and inflate those sales numbers with a staff of qualified Travel Goods Specialists. Visit the TGA homepage at to learn more and register today! *TGA Members: $50 per person (regularly $100); Non-members: $75 per person (regularly $150). Enroll 5 or more employees and receive an additional 20% off group pricing discount. Special 50% off promotion ends October 31, 2010. More

TGA's guide to carry-on guidelines
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When it comes to carry-on regulations, the number one rule is: Check with the airline before every flight. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a universal carry-on rule that applies to all airlines. That said, the major airlines do tend to follow in each other's footsteps, so the following guidelines — while not 100% foolproof — should help shoppers seeking carry-on baggage. More

tugo™gets rave reviews!

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China — U.S. government delays China currency report, but brings trade case instead
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Oct. 15 that it has agreed to launch a Section 301 (named after a part of U.S. trade law) investigation into China's alleged subsidies for Chinese green technology companies — producing products such as wind and solar energy devices, advanced batteries and energy-efficient vehicles — in response to a petition filed by the United Steelworkers union. The U.S. government now has 90 days to review the petition before launching formal consultations with China. The case could eventually lead to retaliatory sanctions against U.S. imports from China if China does not agree to eliminate or modify the alleged subsidies in question. However, the case could take years before reaching that point. Many experts believe USTR's announcement was timed to deflect criticism of another announcement made Oct. 15 by the Obama administration. The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would delay the publication of its semi-annual report to Congress on foreign currencies. In justifying the delay, the announcement cited the fact that China's currency, the Renminbi, has appreciated three percent since June. Treasury's announcement continued to call for multilateral efforts to address currency and stated that it would publish its report after the meeting of the G-20 economies scheduled for Korea in late November. Many experts believed the Obama administration would use the publication of the report to cite China as a "currency manipulator" ahead of the elections and a possible vote on China currency legislation by Congress in a "lame duck" session after the elections. More

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Florida judge allows case to proceed against health care law
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A federal judge in Florida ruled Sept. 14 that a lawsuit brought by 20 states challenging the health care overhaul law can move forward. During oral arguments over the administration's motion to dismiss last month, U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson had indicated that he was likely to rule at least partly in the states' favor. His ruling is limited to the plaintiffs' standing to mount the case, as opposed to its merits — which will be discussed at a summary judgment hearing scheduled for Dec. 16. While dismissing most of the states' other complaints, Vinson ruled that they can contest whether the law's "individual mandate" exceeds Congressional constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce and make laws "necessary and proper" for carrying out its powers. Vinson ruled that the fee imposed on people who fail to comply with the individual mandate amounts to a "penalty" rather than a "tax." Vinson will also permit the states to present arguments on whether the law's expansion of Medicaid to cover not just the very poor but also people who are low-income intrudes on state sovereignty because it could require states to spend billions more on Medicaid. A separate, but similar suit brought by Virginia also survived a government motion to dismiss, with oral arguments beginning this week.

Business travel is up, but frugality still rules
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Mitchell Goozé usually spends much of the year traveling, giving advice to companies on how to grow. But the phone wasn't ringing much during the depths of the recession. Now, many of his clients are feeling more confident, and Goozé is back on the road. Businesses will send more people out on the road next year, making up for lost time during the recession, when travel budgets were slashed and corporate trekkers mostly stayed put, corporate travel managers say. More

Holidays may be a little merrier for retailers
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Good news for the nation's retailers: U.S. consumers plan to put a little more jingle into this holiday season. Shoppers plan to spend an average of $688.87 on gifts, decorations, food and other holiday-related purchases in 2010, according to a survey released yesterday by the National Retail Federation. Although that's a slight rise from the $681.83 they spent in 2009, it's still below the $755.13 tallied in 2007, just before the retail industry was slammed by the economic downturn. More

More airlines ditch first-class seats as fliers get stingy
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The number of first-class cabins is shrinking. A small but growing list of airlines are eliminating or reducing rows in the most expensive part of their aircraft as customers increasingly look for cheaper seats. The global slowdown has put a damper on first-class flying as fewer corporate travelers can afford $15,000 seats. More

Survey says travelers want more self-service
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Travelers have grown accustomed to using self-service kiosks to check in at the airport, and now they want to do more themselves, according to a new survey. About 70% of travelers say they want automated security checks and boarding gates, up from less than 60% last year, according to SITA, a Swiss firm that sells technology and communications services to the airline industry. More

No more yawns: Tips for better staff meetings
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If only all staff meetings could be as entertaining as they are when TV boss Michael Scott on NBC's sitcom The Office is in charge. Alas, for most of us, staff meetings can be a big yawn. They are often brimming with bickering, minutiae, absenteeism and an overall lack of focus. So why bother? The answer is two-fold: communication and collaboration. More
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