Stand up and take a bow!
Have you and your colleagues "wowed" with innovation this year? Made a difference to those around you? Don't be shy to share your accomplishments with your peers. Nominate yourself or your company for the Product Innovation Award or Community Service Award. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 14, and winners are announced at The Travel Goods Show in March. Check out the details on the Awards page of The Show website. With questions, please contact TGA's Kim Wong at 877-842-1938, x-705.
Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act re-introduced in Senate
The Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2011 (FMLA, S.1946), introduced last year under the same name, has been re-introduced in the Senate. The act is concerned with the difficulty of prosecuting foreign manufacturers for product safety violations because of their lack of domestic physical presence. If passed, it would require most foreign manufacturers to officially register an agent with a physical presence in the United States in order to accept service of process for the manufacturer. TGA was opposed to this act at its first introduction in 2010, and continues to oppose the recent attempts at its revival.
U.S. government requests comments on Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement
As negotiations towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement continue to move forward, the U.S. government requests comments on requests by Japan, Mexico, and Canada to join the TPP negotiations. Comments are due Jan. 13, 2012. TGA plans to submit comments on behalf of the travel goods industry. Please provide any input to TGA's comments by Jan. 2, 2012. The request for comments follows the announcement by the leaders of the nine countries negotiating the TPP Agreement of the broad outlines of a deal and their renewed commitment to completing the TPP. The TPP negotiations currently comprise Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. TGA continues to push for the best provisions possible for travel goods in the TPP, and works to ensure the best rules of origin and market access provisions possible, to streamline customs rules, address supply chain issues, and protect intellectual property rights.
Bill would strip TSA officers of badges in reaction to alleged strip searches
The nation's 44,000 airport screeners would lose the title "officer," their metal badges and maybe even the stripes down their pant legs under a bill sponsored by a Transportation Security Administration critic. Called the "STRIP Act," for "Stop TSA's Reach In Policy Act," the bill was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, on Thursday in response to a series of alleged strip searches by TSA officers. The TSA denies that strip searches were conducted. More
Fatality rates on roads at all-time low
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Over 33,000 Americans lost their lives on the roads this year, and while that is tragic, the number is the lowest it has been since the Truman administration. Some experts attribute the drop to, among other factors, safer cars and better teen driving education. More
Avoid these travel gaffes over the holidays
At holiday time, there is usually no shortage of travel experts telling you what to do to keep travel hassles to a minimum, offering long lists of things you need to do before your trip to avert disaster. But in truth, skills of avoidance can be much more valuable; there are a few things that, if avoided, will help you beat the more common pitfalls of the season. So instead of making a list of what you need to do this year, here are six suggestions on what not to do that might make the planning and execution of your holiday trip much simpler. More
Deloitte survey: Business travel set to "take off" in 2012
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Corporate travel will likely fuel the travel, hospitality and leisure industry in 2012 as many Millennial and Generation X professionals expect to take to the road more often, according to a new Deloitte survey. Specifically, 85% of business travelers surveyed expect to take more or the same number of trips next year. More
How spending and saving is changing
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Spend or save? It was once a fairly straightforward question: You spent what you needed and saved the rest. But as mass consumption has become a dominant force in the U.S. economy, the tension between spending and saving has become far more acute. More
Fodor's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: The gadgeteer
Always armed with the latest devices, the gadgeteer is connected, confident, and calibrated for any trip. Whether trekking through the Himalayan mountains or the skyscraper canyons of New York, they use technology to enhance their travels, capturing high-definition memories and breezing through airports with ease. These cutting-edge gifts will satisfy even the savviest of travel-centric techies. More