TRAVEL GOODS SHOWCASE
SPRING 2017 | VOL. 42 NO. 1
THE SHOW ISSUE
Put Yourself on the Map
The International Travel Goods Show is the world’s largest travel goods showcase, displaying more than 500 brands, and drawing retail buyers and media coverage from more than 50 nations. These are the people and products that will grow your business, drive consumer demand and create the coming season’s new best sellers.
Credits: Design – Kim Wong; Illustrations – Anna Scheier
The 2017 International Travel Goods Show Preview [thetravelgoodsshow.org]
All the info you need to attend the biggest, most important business event on the industry calendar, April 5-7, 2017.
New Exhibitors: SHOWTIME [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
A look ahead at some of the new, first-time exhibitors at The International Travel Goods Show, the world’s largest travel goods showcase. Catch a glimpse of these fresh companies and signature products, and mark your Show map for those must-see exhibitors. BY GARRETT LAI
New Products Preview: Form, Function, and Finesse [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Brighter colors, bold silhouettes and sleek lines are the norm for today’s vacation luggage, from 4-wheelers to backpacks, totes to carry-ons, this is what’s hot this season. BY KATHY WITT
2017 Directory of Exhibitors
Your guide to the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers exhibiting at The Show. All information is provided by exhibiting companies:
• Exhibit Hall Floor Plan
• Directory of Exhibitors – Alphabetized exhibitors’ list with booth numbers, company and contact info, associated licenses/brands/trademarks, product categories, and brief company descriptions provided by exhibitors.
• Licenses/Brands/Trademarks – The industry directory for licenses, brands and trademarks with exhibitor names and booth info.
• Guide to Industry Products – An alphabetized list, by product category, with exhibitor names and booth info.
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
“You are Here” BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER
TRAVEL BITS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
The world’s first year-round ice hotel; pet exchanges for traveling animal lovers; making bio jet fuel from old clothing; the USA’s best food and wine festivals and other travelers’ attractions.
NEWS & NOTES [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Celine Dion’s 200-piece luggage line; the world’s most excellent airline; nine states whose driver’s licenses won’t get you through TSA security; U.S. airports with the fastest Wi-Fi; award-winning brands and personalities, retail trends and more.
TGA NEWS BRIEFS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Alarming details about the Border Adjustment Tax; good deeds by Delsey, Korchmar, LUG and SAKOS; dozens of new brands and companies who’ve become TGA members, plus other TGA happenings.
INDUSTRY BUZZ [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
People, products, and moving.
Get Discovered Here, and Sell All Year Long
The New Products Pavilion is the premier spot for landing new retail accounts and media coverage, and a proven way to drive traffic to your booth. It’s the most-visited part of The International Travel Goods Show – what attendees see here has a profound influence on their Show strategy. Exhibiting in the New Products Pavilion is also your gateway for entry to the TGA Product Innovation Award and Buzz Award, which can provide a consumer-level sales kick to help launch your 2017 season. Sign up now, and make the most of your Show experience.
TGA Joins One Quarter of American Economy in Telling Congress to Stop the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT)
On February 28, the Americans for Affordable Products (AAP) coalition sent a letter to the Congressional leadership, expressing opposition to the House Republican plan for a border adjustment tax (BAT) as part of a larger proposed package of comprehensive tax reform. The AAP coalition has also announced that its membership, including TGA, has grown to more than 200 organizations representing nearly one out of every four U.S. jobs – more than 42 million in total. We need you – and all of your colleagues – to send as many emails as possible to convince Congress that the BAT tax is a bad idea. To contact your members of Congress, click here. It only takes a few minutes.
Make Plans to See and Be Seen
The International Travel Goods Show is a mere month away – April 5-7, 2017 in sunny Las Vegas, NV. More new products and new brands debut here than any other event. This is the biggest gathering of travel goods companies and retailers on the planet. Register to attend and book your room, and join the world’s leading travel goods retailers and companies for the event that launches the 2017 sales season.
Show Off in the Most-Visited Exhibit in Travel Goods
The New Products Pavilion is the most-visited booth at The International Travel Goods Show, the largest gathering of travel goods retailers on the planet. Put your new items in front of the retailers who can most influence your sales for 2017, at the first stop for most retailers and every visiting journalist. It’s a proven way to drive traffic to your booth – plus it’s the nominating pool for the TGA Product Innovation Award and Buzz Award, which can provide a significant sales bump for the whole year. Sign up now, and get the most from your Show exhibit experience.
Market with More Reach, Greater Impact, and Bigger Discounts
Give yourself a big footprint at The International Travel Goods Show. Multi-channel promotion in Travel Goods Showcase magazine, the Travel Goods Product Guide and the New Products Pavilion provides huge promotional opportunities and big savings – and this is your last chance to save. Visit the special Show promotions page today to view all the options. Or contact Cathy Trecartin to put together a custom package for maximum impact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.
Call to Action! Oppose the Border Adjustability Tax (BAT)
The fight over the House Republican proposal to impose a new border adjustability tax (BAT) as part of larger corporate tax reform has heated up over the last week. The new TGA-supported Americans for Affordable Products Coalition has hit the ground running, informing American consumers, the Trump administration, and Congress on the negative impact of the proposed BAT. We need you to join the thousands of people who have already contacted their members of Congress in opposition to the BAT. We need you – and all of your colleagues – to send as many emails as possible to convince Congress that this is a bad idea. To contact your members of Congress, click here. It only takes a few minutes.
Exhibitors Save Big – Discount Savings of $1,700 to $1,950 Can Be Yours
Buy more, save more. Promote yourself in front of the world’s largest audience of travel goods retailers with bundled promotional packages combining Travel Goods Showcase magazine, the Travel Goods Product Guide or The International Travel Good Show’s New Products Pavilion – the most-visited part of The Show – and save $1,700, $1,775, even $1,950. These are the most high-impact ad buys in the industry, timed to hit retailers when they’re making ordering decisions for the year. Visit the Special Promotion Packages page for details, or contact Cathy Trecartin, email@example.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.
TGA Announces Opposition to Border Adjustment Tax Even as Trump and House Republicans Continue to Push It
House Republicans continue to push the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) as part of their “A Better Way” corporate tax reform proposal. Recently, President Trump has made cryptic signals of support, although Trump’s Press Secretary has conflated the BAT with a border tariff describing Trump’s support. Under the House Republican proposal, corporate tax rates would drop from 37.5% to 20%. However, to help cover the loss in revenue, the House proposal would also impose a Border Adjustment Tax. Under BAT (BAT explained – Example 1, Example 2), imported materials and products would no longer be allowed to be deducted as part of a company’s Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). As a result, with 99% of travel goods sold in the U.S. being imported, a travel goods company’s tax base would increase dramatically under the proposal, even as the tax rate they pay on that base declines. For many companies, that means the resulting tax bill would be 3-4 times their current tax bill, in many cases, more than their profit (estimate your new tax here). As a result, TGA has joined large swaths of the U.S. business community in the new Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) Coalition to strongly oppose the BAT proposal. Congress is expected to consider corporate tax reform later this year. We need you to speak up. Click here to tell your members of Congress to oppose the BAT proposal.
TPP is Officially Dead
On January 30, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officially withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, a proposed FTA between the U.S. and 11 other countries, including Vietnam and Japan. The formal withdrawal came after President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to withdraw from the TPP during his first full day in office. If TPP had been implemented, travel goods from Vietnam and all other TPP countries would have been able to enter the U.S. duty-free under very flexible rules of origin. In its stead, key Trump officials have proposed beginning aggressive negotiations towards bilateral FTAs with certain countries. Please note that TPP took over five years to negotiate.