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Be Proactive: Get Connected and Exhibit at The 2019 Travel Goods Show

Be Proactive: Get Connected and Exhibit at The 2019 Travel Goods Show

Your product is unique and solves a marketplace problem, so why isn’t your phone ringing? What’s missing from your sales strategy is real-life connection at The Travel Goods Show. Meet the best retailers in travel when they’re at their most receptive and actively seeking new items and opportunities. The Show is the best place to refresh existing connections and put faces to names. It’s going to be an all-new Show in 2019 – be part of it and supercharge your business network. Contact Cathy Trecartin to reserve your spot today and take a step towards a successful 2019.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued as New Warning Label Requirements in Effect

On September 24, President Trump imposed New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), travel sets (Notice 1, Notice 2), luggage tags (Notice 1, Notice 2), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), smartphone pouches (Notice 1), smartphone wallets (Notice 1), pet carriers (Notice 1, Notice 2), cosmetic bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), and first aid kits (Notice 1) in California that contained lead, di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. Meanwhile, on August 30, 2018, California imposed new Proposition 65 warning label requirements. TGA recently published a new member-only tool for TGA members on how to comply with the new California Prop 65 warning label requirements. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman,, 202-853-9351.

TGA Continues to Fight Trump’s 10% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods from China, Which Will Rise to 25% on January 1

TGA Continues to Fight Trump’s 10% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods from China, Which Will Rise to 25% on January 1

On September 24, President Trump imposed a 10% punitive tariff on U.S. imports of ALL travel goods from China. Those tariffs will rise to 25% on January 1, 2019. The 10% tariffs are in addition to the tariffs we already pay on U.S. imports of travel goods. On September 26, TGA urged the Trump administration to create an exclusion process for the new tariffs. President Trump’s decision to not allow an exclusion process ignores the hardships these new duties will impose on the U.S. travel goods industry and its 100,000 American workers. Read more here about what TGA is doing to fight the tariffs.

Travel is Changing, But Travel Goods Are Forever

Travel is Changing, But Travel Goods Are Forever

What’s the future of travel? Electric vehicles and green transit? Rideshare bikes and cars? Adventure trekking and service-oriented vacations? Or luxe accommodations and glam travel? No matter what, travel goods will always be essential to the experience, just like The Travel Goods Show will always provide the best face time and insight to the world’s travel goods retailers, the public face of the industry. The Show is the single best way to connect with the industry’s consumer-level players, the ones who can most influence sales. Build your retailer network, and book Show space now. Contact Cathy Trecartin to be part of the all-new Show: 877-842-1938, x-702;

The TGA Pavilion at The New York Times Travel Show

Dates: January 25, 2019 – Travel professionals only
January 26-27, 2019 – Consumers and travel pros
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
Cost: $3600 for a 10×10 booth


The TGA Pavillion will be a product and branding showpiece, a 20-booth island designed like a shopping mall to stand out from the show’s 600+ exhibitors.

The New York Times Travel Show is an incredible exposure opportunity, and you could take part. Last year’s edition drew 33,782 attendees:

  • 10,268 travel trade professionals (travel agents, meeting planners, hotels, airlines, etc.)
  • 22,130 consumer travelers
  • 1,384 accredited media journalists

The Show is in its 16th year, drawing exhibitors from more than 175 countries and 20,000+ travel enthusiasts who are hungry for info. It’s the only travel show in North America where all attendees – media, consumers and trade alike – are badged to facilitate lead generation.

The show’s TGA Pavilion will showcase 20 of our industry’s finest in front of this curated audience of travel pros and consumer enthusiasts. The 3-day event takes place January 25-27, 2019, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The first day will be restricted to travel professionals; the remaining two days will be open to paying consumers.

TGA Pavilion participation is limited to the first 20 exhibitors. This is a very restricted event and space is extremely limited. To participate, contact Cathy Hays as soon as possible: 877-842-1938, x-707;

Don’t delay – once those 20 spots are spoken for, the TGA Pavilion will be sold out. You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so call now.

TGA Press Release

Media Contact: Kate Ryan,, 774-929-5223

(Princeton, New Jersey) The International Travel Goods Show is the travel goods industry’s annual snapshot of what’s trending, hip and hot; and the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is the next best thing to being there. The Show is the preeminent showcase for the everyday items and specialty travel products people rely on every time they leave the house – thousands of items, from hundreds of brands, made their debuts on the world stage that is The Show.

Standout stories from the upcoming issue include:

  • The BIG Trends – Next-gen travel organizers streamline packing at home and on the go; wheels get bigger; luggage (and people!) get self-powered and mobile; color and styling trends; the rise of anti-theft; the wearable carry-on category; and more product trends from The Show.
  • Showpiece Products – Trend-setting items, from the latest designer offerings, luggage with charging ports that can drive themselves (and you along with them), to in-flight comfort, on-the-go theft proofing, and the new crop of everyday accessories and streetwise carry-alls.
  • Retailer Impressions – Our boots-on-the-ground reportage of what resonated with retailers: the brands, items and personalities that left the deepest imprint, and will have real impact on the retail landscape this travel season.
  • Award-winning Products, Companies and People – The best in innovative new travel products; saving the Earth’s waterways; a genocide survivor’s efforts to write a brighter history; the most-talked-about new products and the best booths at The Show.
  • State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market – Analyzing the big product shifts, and what they mean. The product categories that are on the move, upward (as much as 50%) and downward: luggage, business/computer bags, sports bags, backpacks, locks and personal leather goods.

Travel goods are today’s everyday essentials, the items you never go anywhere without. They’re the must-have products that enhance comfort and convenience on cross-town errands and far-flung adventures. And the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is your guidebook to this year’s trending items, brands and travel goods personalities.

Look for the new issue of Travel Goods Showcase in your mailbox soon.

Please contact Kate Ryan,, for contact info, or to help with questions regarding items and articles from this issue.

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The Travel Goods Association is the world’s largest trade association for travel goods, representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers of luggage and travel products, casual bags, business cases and travel accessories which in 2017 was a $31.3 billion market in the United States alone. TGA sponsors The International Travel Goods Show, the world’s largest trade show devoted to travel products, and publishes Travel Goods Showcase, the voice of the travel goods industry.