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TRAVEL GOODS SHOWCASE

vol42No4WINTER 2017 | VOL. 42 NO. 4
THE TRAVEL ISSUE

COASTING WITH CARRY-ONS
Meticulously sized and tricked out for today’s travelers

Ricardo Beverly Hills’ San Marcos 16” Under the Seat Rolling Tote fits perfectly under the seat in front of you while offering organized storage for technology items, MSRP: $280. Antler USA’s hybrid cabin case gives travelers the flexibility to adapt the case to their journey. The removable cover has a zip pocket for an umbrella, a fleece-lined lower pocket for a tablet and a top easy-access pocket for essentials, MSRP: $260. Pacsafe’s Versatile Vibe is a patented 40L anti-theft carry-on backpack designed for 24/7 city living, MSRP: $139.95.

Credits:
Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
Photographed at California Sea Otter State Game Refuge in Big Sur


FEATURES

Get Up and Go – The 2018 International Travel Goods Show [GO TO THETRAVELGOODSSHOW.ORG]

Everything you need to exhibit, attend, and boost your 2018 business by joining in The 2018 International Travel Goods Show, the most important event on the industry calendar.

Completing the Carry-on: Ask. Show. Sell. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

The carry-on should spark the sales conversation, not be the goal. Ask the right questions, show the right accessories, demystify confusing carry-on rules, and you’ll sell not just a bag, but an entire package. BY GARRETT LAI

Carry On Quickly and Fully Organized [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

It’s all about the carry-on – this crop of imaginative cabin-class cases includes duffels, backpacks, colorful totes and other compact configurations that stow in the overhead or under the seat. BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KERRY PITTENGER

Accessories [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

Clever accessories to ease your travels, including a personal window shelf for coach-class flyers; a clever RFID-blocking travel wallet; in-flight and everyday organizers; portable power and more. BY KATHY WITT

The Domestication of Adventure Travel [GO TO STORY]

Rugged, adventure-ready gear is hip, and not just for extremists. How everyday gear and travel products are capitalizing on the outdoorsy attitude with glamping and outsidesy marketing. BY SARA ECCLESINE


COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S NOTE
“Changing Times, Keeping Pace” BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER

TRAVEL BITS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Canine concierges – not for dogs, but who are actually dogs; best ski destinations and beaches; Alcatraz in Ireland; best winter spas; curated restaurant reviews and other travel trends and hot topics.

NEWS & NOTES [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Airport passenger satisfaction hits an all-time high; launching the world’s largest cruise ship; augmented reality as a retail tool; DELSEY’s Emmy Awards appearance; the most popular retail chain in the U.S., and more

TGA NEWS BRIEFS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Why exhibiting at The International Travel Goods Show is smart business; new hope for tax reform; five inspiring member companies give back to their communities; member profiles and other fresh TGA news.

INDUSTRY BUZZ [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
People and product news.

CLASSIFIEDS

BUYER’S GUIDE

AD INDEX

Get Boosted, Socially

Get Boosted, Socially

Today’s marketing is all about customer engagement, and means cultivating an online following. If you’re on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, TGA can help. Send us your company news and product stories and we’ll help boost your social media presence by broadcasting it on our social network. Contact Kate Ryan, kate@kateryanpr.com, 774-929-5223, and let TGA help elevate your social profile.

Show Exhibitor Discounts End June 1

Show Exhibitor Discounts End June 1

The only exhibitor savings available at The International Travel Goods Show is the Early Bird discount. At just $10/square foot, that’s 56% less than the standard exhibitor rate of $23/square foot. It’s the best deal in travel goods, and it’s almost gone. Deposits and reservations have to be in by June 1 to take advantage of this special rate, so don’t delay – contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 and put yourself in front of the world’s most influential travel goods retailers.

You Could Be YouTube Famous

You Could Be YouTube Famous

The highlights video for The 2017 International Travel Goods Show is now online. It’s a 3-minute glimpse of the year’s biggest gathering of travel goods professionals, at the one event that draws all the people and companies that really matter. If you only thought of attending, this is a hint of what you missed. And if you were there, you could very well spot yourself in this video visit to the industry’s premiere event. Have a look, and make plans to join us next year, February 27-March 1, 2018 in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out – two-thirds of our 2018 exhibit hall is already booked, so contact Cathy Hays today if you want in, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707.

House Republicans Continue to Push BAT that Includes Tax Reform Despite Faltering Support

House Republicans Continue to Push BAT that Includes Tax Reform Despite Faltering Support

On Tuesday, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bray (R-TX) held a hearing to push a border adjustment tax (BAT) as part of their “A Better Way” tax reform proposal. Instead, the hearing raised numerous concerns with the TGA-opposed BAT proposal.

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 book bags, luggage tags, purses, and cooler 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, 202-853-9351.

Your Chance for a Smart Choice Ends Soon

Your Chance for a Smart Choice Ends Soon

We hear it year after year: The International Travel Goods Show is the single best marketing spend in travel goods. Exhibiting at The Show is simply smart business. The only way it gets smarter? When you can save up to 56% on exhibit fees to save money, or expand your footprint, with the Early Bird discount program. To get this special offer, deposits and reservations must be received by June 1, 2017. So don’t delay, contact Cathy Hays now, at chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 and secure your place at the world’s biggest gathering of travel goods retailers.

TGA Urges U.S. Senate to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative

TGA Urges U.S. Senate to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative

On May 8, TGA joined with dozens of other companies and organizations in sending a letter urging the U.S. Senate to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). In addition to being the lead U.S. government negotiator for trade agreements and other trade issues, the new USTR will make the final decision on whether to make U.S. imports of travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)-eligible countries duty-free.

Your Chance to Save Is Counting Down to Zero

Your Chance to Save Is Counting Down to Zero

The Early Bird discount is the only way to save on exhibitor fees at The International Travel Goods Show, with discounts up to 56% off the standard per-square-foot charge. And your chance to save – and get in front of the world’s most influential travel goods retailers – is dwindling fast. To get this deal, deposits must be received by June 1, 2017. So don’t wait, act now by contacting Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 for details.

TGA Urges Congress to Fully Fund Chemical Management Reform Implementation

TGA Urges Congress to Fully Fund Chemical Management Reform Implementation

On May 2, TGA joined with more than 125 other organizations from across the business community to urge Congress to provide full funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the TGA-supported Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LSCA). When fully implemented, the law, approved last year by Congress, will enable the EPA to regulate any chemical in any product, as long as it is proven in a transparent and scientifically-sound manner that the chemical could cause harm. TGA strongly supports quick LSCA implementation as a bulwark against the proliferation of state and local chemical regulations nationwide.