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New industry resource on the way: Travel Goods Sourcebook
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Ever wish there were an easier way for potential customers to find you? Or for you to locate vendors with exactly what you need, without scrolling through pages and pages of Internet search results? TGA is proud to announce creation of the Travel Goods Sourcebook, a brand new online resource being developed by TGA and MultiView that lets you perform targeted searches for travel goods manufacturing and retail-related products and services. The Travel Goods Sourcebook will be easily accessible through the TGA website. Look for updates soon! More

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Networking goes late night
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Remember to mark your calendars and rest up for at least one late night out at The 2011 Travel Goods Show, when the Opening Night Networking Party moves to a new time slot — 9 p.m. to midnight — on Sunday, March 6 at the Wyndham Chicago, TGA's headquarters hotel. It's the biggest networking opportunity in travel goods, brought to you by TGA and sponsored by 24/7, Leisure Merchandising Corp., Olivet International and Ricardo Beverly Hills. More

Baggage rules and regs
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If you can enhance a customer's travel experience by dispensing good info, you haven't just made a sale — you've probably earned yourself a repeat customer. So be sure the information you're passing on is up-to-date. Check out the latest baggage guidelines, organized by air carrier, at TGA's website. And make sure you're current on TSA's ever-evolving security guidelines by visiting the TSA site's guide to streamlining the security screening process. More

TGA submits comments on California Green Chemistry Initiative
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TGA joined dozens of companies and organizations in the larger business community in submitting comments through the Green Chemistry Alliance to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control on the DTSC's proposed regulations implementing the Safer Consumer Products Alternatives law, otherwise known as the Green Chemistry Initiative. While TGA shares and strongly supports the goal of identifying, minimizing and eliminating risks associated with substances that present documented health and safety hazards, TGA believes that the regulations, as proposed, establish a complicated, costly, and burdensome approach that focuses considerable attention and scarce resources on compliance with requirements that are confusing, overreaching and, in large part, unnecessary while failing to achieve the stated goal of the Green Chemistry Initiative. The GCA comments detail these concerns. More

New injunction against Port of L.A. Clean Trucks Employee Mandate
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District Judge Christina Snyder, of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, agreed to halt the Port of Los Angeles from moving ahead with a plan under its Clean Truck Program that would have prohibited independent owner-operators from moving cargo through the port while a court case between the Port and the American Trucking Associations over the plan is being reviewed before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Snyder issued the injunction to prevent the port from imposing a mandate that would have only allowed union drivers to be able to move goods, even though she ruled in the Port's favor in September. The Port had issued a timetable under which 20% of motor carrier drivers must be part of a union by the end of 2011, 66% by the end of 2012, and 100% by the end of 2013.

TGA-supported coalition sends letter to New York City Council to oppose resolution supporting an end to employee-owned trucks
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TGA, as part of the Clean and Sustainable Transportation Coalition, sent an Oct. 28 letter to the New York City Council urging the Council to oppose Proposed Resolution No. 414-A. The resolution asks Congress to pass HR 5697, the "Clean Ports Act of 2010" and for the Ports of New York and New Jersey to adopt a Clean Truck Plan similar to that of the Port of Los Angeles (see Port of L.A. Injunction article). Our letter opposing the resolution stresses that the two measures will not promote economic or environmental sustainability in the harbor drayage industry and will ultimately force independent, small business trucking operators out of the industry. More

American Express reports strong upcoming holiday travel demand
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American Express researched the upcoming holiday travel plans of 2,005 adults, and found some positive trends — 39% of Americans will be traveling this upcoming season — and 30% of them plan to spend more than they did last year. Each traveler will spend between $460 (average) and $560 (affluents) on their trip. 19% of travelers will be away from home for Thanksgiving, 19% for Christmas and 6% for New Year's Eve. More

Facebook to trump Google as most important travel site
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There's a rapidly growing belief in the travel industry that Facebook will replace Google as the primary driver of traffic to travel websites sooner rather than later. In a show of hands at the recent Sydney Travel Tribe, almost 50% agreed with the proposition that Facebook will generate more travel website visits than Google within two years. It's now clear that this is not just wishful thinking. More

"Thank you" goes a long way
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Thanking people isn't simply a matter of common courtesy. A 10-year study by leadership experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton of 200,000 managers and employees showed that saying "thank you" correlates with bigger profits. This isn't surprising, because giving thanks is a great motivational tool; who doesn't like to be thanked? What is surprising is how hard it is to do the thanking. More

How incentives can undermine your influence
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Leaders incorrectly use incentives time and again in an attempt to influence others. They figure it's the quickest and easiest route to change others' behavior, so they throw incentives out like candy. In fact, those who really understand influence — who truly understand how to shape a powerful and effective organizational culture — tend to think of incentives last rather than first. More

How to forecast sales in an uncertain economy
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Forecasting sales can be wildly difficult in even the best of times. And in the midst of a wobbly economic recovery following a substantial recession, projecting revenue takes on an even more Herculean quality. But the good news is that a number of smart CEOs Inc. spoke to have taken what they've learned over the past three years and come up with some pretty solid ways to forecast revenue. What they all seem to have in common: a more conservative approach to forecasting; more frequent adjustments to those forecasts; and a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2011. More
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