The biggest show, the biggest draw — and key to your biggest year
The International Travel Goods Show is the biggest gathering of retail buyers on the planet. It is the pivotal event of the year, the one where new items are discovered, orders are written, and the year's best-sellers are made. Which means you need to be there if you want to be in retail storefronts for the coming season. Discover how you can participate in The Show, and how to debut your new items with the biggest splash through special promotions like the New Products Pavilion and the Travel Goods Product Guide. Contact Trade Show VP Cathy Hays at 877-842-1938, x-707 and learn about custom opportunities to publicize your brand and products, and reach the retailers who matter most.
Gadgets for the road: Best of the new travel technology [CNBC]
There are new gadgets galore for the modern-day traveler. Some work, some don't. Some make life on the road a bit easier, others just end up taking up precious space in your suitcase. CNBC's Road Warrior rounded up some fresh, useful items out on the market now — most of which are members of the Travel Goods Association.
Waterproof luggage to keep your belongings dry [PETERGREENBERG.COM]
If you're planning to travel over the next few months — especially for business — it's important to have a suitcase that can stand up to the elements. Whether you're caught in rain, snow, sleet or hail, it helps to know that your clothes won't be soaked before reaching your destination. Here's a look at waterproof luggage from members of the Travel Goods Association.
Travel Goods Association Releases State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market 2002-2013: Selling Less for More [FULL STORY]
Travel goods sales fell by volume in 2013, but consumers were willing to pay more for those fewer products, leading to a rise in sales by value, according to a new report released by the Travel Goods Association (TGA). Travel goods are defined as luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks. TGA estimates that sales of travel goods in 2013 surpassed pre-recession levels, with U.S. consumers spending an estimated $29.5 billion in 2013 on travel goods, a rise of 17.2% from 2012.
TGA's Guide to Carry-On Guidelines [FULL STORY]
When it comes to carry-on regulations, the number one rule is: Check with the airline before every flight.
What To Know Before You Go
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West Coast labor negotiations continue, port delays mount
Negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) continue under a media blackout, with no official updates since the August announcement that the parties had reached a tentative agreement regarding health benefits. According to industry sources, it appears that the lack of an agreement has contributed to recent cargo delays at the Ports of LA/Long Beach and other West Coast ports. Meanwhile, longstanding delays have continued to mount at many major North American ports, due to a combination of factors like chassis dislocation, trucker shortages, port congestion, and the lack of a labor agreement, among others. TGA continues to work on this issue on behalf of its members.
More California Proposition 65 notices [FULL STORY]