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Win yourself an iPad. Plus one for the boss.
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The Travel Goods Specialist Certificate Program is a terrific sales productivity tool; Apple's iPad is one of the best on-the-go productivity tools ever. So we're putting them together in a special promo. TGA is holding two iPad giveaways at The 2011 Travel Goods Show: The first name will be drawn from all Specialists who graduated by Feb. 15, 2011; the second name will be drawn from those with graduation dates between Dec. 15, 2010 and Feb. 15, 2011. That's right — if you sign up now and graduate by Feb. 15, it doubles your chances of winning. Not only will you win an iPad, but your store owner will receive one, too! You don't need to be present to win, but Travel Goods Specialists do need to register here for the giveaway. Contact Cathy Trecartin for details,, 877-TGA-1938, x-702. More

Top Selling Travel Accessory Doubles as Jewelry

Clipa is an easy add-on sale to any handbag purchase by just doing a quick demonstration. Makes a great PWP or GWP. Opening order: $114. (888) 804-0661

Supersize your Show presence
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It's inevitable. There will be whole new slew of first-time buyers attending The 2011 Travel Goods Show. The Show Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is their first exposure to the industry, as well as The Show itself. Which means it could also be their first exposure to your business. Augment your FREE 2011 Travel Goods Show exhibitor listing in The Show issue of Travel Goods Showcase magazine — which includes your products, licenses and trademarks — with an ad that tells your company story in your own words. Supersize your Show presence, and sign up for the advertising Special Promotion Package, which includes the New Products Pavilion, The Travel Goods Product Guide, and advertising in Travel Goods Showcase. Take advantage of this limited time offer expiring next week. Contact Cathy Trecartin at 877-TGA-1938, x-702, and give yourself a Show profile that’s larger than life. More

Product safety — more California Proposition 65 notices issued
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A California Proposition 65 litigant, the Consumer Advocacy Group, in recent weeks has issued three new "60-day" notices alleging that brands and retailers sold footwear, handbags and children's bags/apparel in California that contained phthalates in violation of Prop 65. The notices serve as intent to bring a lawsuit against the recipients alleging that the products sold in California contain certain chemicals in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65. There were 28 separate notices served in the month of November alone to travel goods and other fashion-related manufacturers and retailers. Proposition 65 is a California law that requires "warning labels" on ALL products (not just children's products) sold in California that contain lead, phthalates, cadmium and any one of 850 other chemicals that the State of California believes could cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Prop 65 allows so-called "citizen enforcers" to enforce the law. NGOs, other groups and even private Californian citizens can sue in California courts and collect part of the fines. For more information, please go to TGA's Prop 65 website. More

China trade issues dominate as JCCT convenes in Washington
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Senior trade officials from the United States and China convene in Washington this week for the 21st annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting. In anticipation of the meeting, members of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees have sent letters (Senate letter; House letter) urging the Administration to use the meetings to address a number of long simmering trade and economic issues, including intellectual property rights, rare earth trade restrictions and, of course, currency valuation. The currency issue remains a major source of Congressional attention. Several Senators, in fact, are working to secure Senate approval of a bill (H.R. 2378) previously approved by the House that would make it easier for the Administration to find that undervalued currency represents an illegal subsidy in countervailing duty cases against China and other countries. One scenario being pursued by several Senators is to attach the House-passed China bill to the bipartisan tax measure (see next article) that Congress is considering this week. Although TGA strongly supports the tax measure, TGA and many members of the business community remain strongly opposed to H.R. 2378. More

Congress scrambles to complete work before adjournment
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Members of Congress are working furiously this week to complete work on a series of "must pass" bills before Congress adjourns for the year. Both the House and Senate are working toward a self-imposed adjournment deadline of this coming Friday, Dec. 17, although some scenarios could have either or both Houses of Congress working into the coming week. Much of the attention has been on a nearly $900 billion package that will renew expired business tax breaks, extend other expiring tax cuts, make a temporary cut in payroll taxes and extend unemployment insurance. While the legislation enjoys the support of Congressional Republicans and the Obama Administration, many Congressional Democrats are concerned that the legislation is too heavily titled toward providing benefits to higher income taxpayers. Conventional wisdom holds that the legislation will ultimately be approved, especially in light of polls suggesting that 70 percent of Americans support the measure. Work is also proceeding on a measure that will fund the government past Dec. 17 when the current funding expires. Although both parties are anxious to avoid a federal government shutdown, members of Congress have not yet reached a consensus on how long a funding measure should last and at exactly what funding level it should be set. The contentious political issue of earmarks is also complicating this legislative battle. In either case, it is expected that Congress will fund the Federal Government at least through February 2011, and possibly until the end of the current fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2011). More

Trade provisions queued up for possible action
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House Ways and Means Chairman Sandy Levin, D-Mich., on Dec. 13 introduced a standalone bill to advance several expired and expiring trade provisions. Entitled the Omnibus Trade Act of 2010 (H.R. 6517), the legislation includes a number of TGA-supported provisions that would extend the expiring Andean Trade Preferences Act, extend the expiring Generalized System of Preferences, extend expiring Trade Adjustment Assistance provisions, extend and make technical fixes for the cotton and wool trust funds and enact pending miscellaneous tariff bill provisions. Several of these provisions were candidates for inclusion in either the tax package or the funding bill (see previous article). However, a combination of politics, timing, and policy disagreements prevented those measures from being included in those bills. The House is currently slated to take up the measure today, Dec. 15, under a special parliamentary procedure that expedites consideration by the full chamber. What remains unclear is if there is sufficient time and momentum for the legislation to be considered by the Senate and enacted before Congress adjourns for the year. More

Retail sales rise 0.8% in November
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Retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in November, as the biggest jump in department store sales in two years gave the holiday shopping season a strong start. The Commerce Department says retail sales increased 0.8% last month. That came after a 1.7% gain in October, which was propelled by a huge increase in auto sales. More

Christmas in the bag
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What rolls, zips, spins and can be as light as a feather or extremely overweight? The answer is a piece of luggage, and the travelers on your holiday list might just appreciate a new one. "People don't always like to buy luggage for themselves and often will just make do with what they have," says Shawn Colley, senior merchandise manager for Lands' End and one of that company's luggage specialists. "But luggage is a very practical gift and one that often is needed and appreciated," he says. "Plus, there have been some real innovations in recent years." More

A traveler's holiday gift guide for families
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Ready for the holiday travel season? Have no fear, is here with all the items you need to plan a perfect family getaway in our Holiday Gift Guide 2010. Whether it's a road trip to grandma's house or a plane ride to the theme park, these are the toys, accessories, and gadgets to keep the whole family happy all vacation long. More

Gadget Guy Reviews: The best travel gadgets of 2010
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It's gift-giving season and that means the latest crop of travel gadgets are in the news. But with all the hot items out there, who's got time to test out products and compare reviews? Have no fear, gadget guy Phil Baker is here with his annual column that looks at the best gadgets of the year, based on the scores of products that he's tested, reviewed and used during the year. More

Which airline made the most money on baggage fees?
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Last year, baggage fees were used by airlines to make up for lost fare revenue, as the recession kept people on the ground. This year, it's just been a great source of extra revenue, as passenger traffic and fares are up — and the fees haven't gone away. Almost all airlines are getting in on the action, some more egregious than others. Well, data for the third quarter of 2010 is in, and we can finally take a look at who's hitting us hardest...and for how much. More

Use social media to celebrate your customers, followers and lurkers
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More than just getting prospects and customers to purchase, this is the season to celebrate your customers, followers, and lurkers. As marketers with business goals to achieve, we need to take a break from our frenzy to drive sales and increase social media engagement to remember that there are real people at the other end of our marketing communications and social media outreach who deserve to be treated with respect. To help you celebrate your audience including prospects, customers, followers, and lurkers, here are 13 tips to make them feel special. More

Drive foot traffic to your business
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Whether they're rewarding loyal customers, providing generous first-time discounts, lavishing their customers with decadent chocolates, or extending the same great discounts daily, the owners of small retail stores have to be creative — and maybe get out of their stores a bit — if they're going to drive foot traffic. Here are 10 tips that helped drive sales for other small business owners. More

A game plan for game changers
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We are living through the age of disruption. You can't do big things if you're content with doing things a little better than everyone else or a little differently than how you did them before. In an era of hyper-competition and non-stop dislocation, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special. Today, the most successful organizations don't just out-compete their rivals. They redefine the terms of competition by embracing one-of-a-kind ideas in a world filled with me-too thinking. More
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