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Full TGA Member Benefits. 50% Off

Full TGA Member Benefits. 50% Off

There are plenty of reasons to join the Travel Goods Association: We’re your industry lobbyists in Washington, D.C. and your media liaison the world over; plus we offer our members discount shipping and credit card processing, Travel Goods Showcase, the industry’s biggest and best news source, and much more. Right now, you can join TGA for the remainder of 2017 and receive 100% of these benefits for just 50% of the normal rate. This is the best time to join, and discover all TGA can do for you. Contact Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin for details, cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold accessory bags, sports cases, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, nate@travel-goods.org, 202-853-9351.

House Chairman Phase-In Proposal Fails to Gain Additional Support for BAT

House Chairman Phase-In Proposal Fails to Gain Additional Support for BAT

Last week, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bray (R-TX) proposed phasing-in a border adjustment tax (BAT) over five years, instead of immediately as proposed in the House Republican “A Better Way” tax reform proposal. Brady’s phase-in approach has failed to gain new support for the proposal. Instead, it appears opposition to the TGA-opposed BAT proposal continues to grow. Regrettably, ongoing support by key Congressional leaders means the BAT is not yet dead. TGA needs you to contact your members of Congress to oppose the BAT. This link makes it easy for you and your colleagues to send emails opposing the BAT to your Representative and Senators in only a few minutes. Contact your Members of Congress today.

A One-time Gift Is Your Chance to Save

A One-time Gift Is Your Chance to Save

This year’s International Travel Goods Show fell a month later than our usual early March schedule – timing that prevented many long-time Show exhibitors and TGA supporters from participating in this year’s Early Bird discount program. Recognizing this, and in the spirit of fairness, TGA’s Board of Directors just voted to extend the Early Bird discount deadline for The 2018 Show to July 1. If you haven’t signed up for next year’s Show, this is your chance. This is the only exhibitor discount program available for The Show, and this is a one-time extension only. Deposits must be received by July 1, 2017. Contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 to save now, before this special opportunity is gone.

It’s Official!

It’s Official!

The 30-day voting period has ended, and during that time an overwhelming number of members cast their e-votes in support of TGA’s Slate of Nominees for the 2017-2018 TGA Board of Directors. Thanks to everyone who exercised their very important privilege as a member of the Association and voted!

TGA 2017-2018 Board of Directors
Officers
Robert Dodson, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Chair
David Lomas, Design Go Ltd., Chair Elect
Jack Holodnicki, Olivet International, Vice Chair
Cliff Ensley, Leisure Merchandising Corp., Treasurer
Lloyd Rabinowitz, Samsonite, Secretary
Scott Kosmin, 24-7 International, Immediate Past Chair
Directors
Sue Flaum, Burlington Stores
Andrew Hamilton, Antler USA Ltd.
Nathan Haskell, it luggage
Jerry Kallman, Airline International Luggage
Magi Raible, LifeGear Design

TGA Urges Sides to Agree to Extension of West Coast Port Labor Contract

TGA Urges Sides to Agree to Extension of West Coast Port Labor Contract

TGA joined 120 organizations in sending a letter applauding the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for agreeing to early discussions on a contract extension. The letter also applauds PMA (the employers) for proposing a three-year contract extension offer, and urges ILWU members (the longshoremen) to accept the offer when they vote on the proposal later this summer. The current West Coast port labor contract expires July 1, 2019.

YaY Novelty

Member Profiles

YaY Novelty

mp_YaY-NoveltyYaY is shorthand for Why and Why. The first why stands for why its items are created; the second why explains why the company came into being.

YaY Novelty’s founding mission is to create high-quality, everyday lifestyle-enhancing products that evoke the expression of each consumer’s personality. Along with its passion for design, the company is committed to functionality and affordability and was established to generate income to support children via the Year Zero Foundation.

“What makes our company unique is doing what my generation does best, reinventing a smarter more streamlined wheel,” states founder Sunchea Phou, who launched YaY in 2014. “YaY Novelty has created a stylistic new approach to the ultra-slim wallet, the ‘everybody’s got one’ luggage ID tag and the trendy reusable bag.”

YaY Novelty products include its YaYwallet, an ultra-slim wallet for men and women, its YaYtag, a funky, fresh stylish approach to keeping ID info private, and the YaYbag, a durable, visually trendy reusable bag that allows you to shop in style. YaYwallet is proudly made in the USA. Custom orders are always welcome.

For more information, visit yaynovelty.com or contact Sunchea Phou at 206-852-8589; info@yaynovelty.com.

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Trochi

Member Profiles

Trochi

mp_trochi-terryBased in Toronto, Canada, the Trochi line of exclusively designed luxury luggage is now being offered in the United States. Formed in 2015, to meet a growing demand for premium-quality, affordable luggage, Trochi’s products are constructed of the very finest raw materials, and designed for function and beauty, but with durability that meets the rigorous demands of modern, international travel. Its items are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.

“Trochi fills a gap in the marketplace by offering the discerning consumer feature-rich, elegantly designed, quality luggage at a mid-market price,” states Peixiaq Jiang. “You can count on a Trochi to meet the rigorous demands of modern, international travel and to keep on looking good while doing it. Airport after airport, tarmac after tarmac — that’s the Trochi promise.”

For more information, visit trochi.com or contact Peixiaq Jiang at 289-846-7077;
inquires@trochi.com.

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Travel Kozy™

Member Profiles

Travel Kozy™

mp_TravelKozy_325wc2flGlenn T. McCain created the Travel Kozy, a self-inflated body comforter/pillow, to provide supportive, comfortable rest while seated in planes, buses and cars, providing tunable support of the neck and torso. This is achieved by sculpting the sections supporting the neck, back and lumbar areas of the body for the user’s total comfort. Open-cell foam construction allows for a quick inflate/deflate of the Travel Kozy through permanently attached air valves.

“Travel Kozy was designed to relieve the stress of travel and allow for a restful trip,” states McCain.

The Travel Kozy is offered in two versions – a one-piece unit, and another with multiple pieces that are configured and connected by Velcro® – and each Kozy comes with a travel bag for quick rolling and stowage of the device.

For more information, visit travelkozy.com or contact Glenn T. McCain at gmac38@juno.com; 813-753-6231.

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