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TRAVEL GOODS SHOWCASE

vol43No1SPRING 2018 | VOL. 43 NO. 1
THE SHOW ISSUE

GET UP AND GO
The 2018 International Travel Goods Show
February 27–March 1, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Photos submitted by our Show attendees provide this cover’s backdrop, reminding us it’s a big, beautiful world. This is why we travel. This is the adventure, the excitement that drives and inspires all of us. Which you’ll find in abundance at The 2018 International Travel Goods Show.


FEATURES

The 2018 International Travel Goods Show Preview [GO TO THETRAVELGOODSSHOW.ORG]

Everything you need to attend, discover, and participate in the industry’s most important meet-up, where manufacturers, retailers, media and everyone who matters gather around the year’s new products. The sights, the goods, the conversations taking place here determine what lies ahead – which is why you should be there.

  • Registration Information
  • Show Hours
  • Opening Night Party
  • Awards Ceremony
  • New Products Pavilion
  • Launch Pods
  • Hotel Information
  • About Las Vegas

Welcoming The New [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

Discover self-organizing luggage, supportive socks, bigger-is-better wheels, sleep aids, a hands-free add-on for suitcases, and other bright new ideas in this peek ahead at fresh ideas and innovative travel solutions, from new companies making their first appearances at The International Travel Goods Show.

Travel Goods Show Exhibitors Punch Up Sex Appeal [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

Sleeker, sexier, sophisticated: That’s the allure with this season’s crop of new travel items. They’re big on convenience and style; bold with features like USB charging and RFID shielding; lighter, more streamlined, whimsically fun and functionally efficient. These are the bags and accessories that will power travel goods retail in 2018. BY KATHY WITT

2018 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
  • Exhibitors/Alphabetical
  • Exhibitors/By-Aisle
  • 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

    EDITOR’S NOTE
    “Are You In or Out?” BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER

    TRAVEL BITS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
    Top travel trends that bear watching in 2018; Lonely Planet’s not-so-lonely travel app; fun lodging built around cars, cottages and treehouses; Ming and Qing dynasty-era cultural destinations; intriguing travel apps; a temperature-based alternative to hotel surge pricing; and other wanderlust amusements.

    NEWS & NOTES [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
    Smart bags and the airline ban; Airline route addition and subtraction; best airport amenities; the safest year for air travel; Amazon-beating retail strategies; the retail forecast for 2018; company and product happenings and then some.

    TGA NEWS BRIEFS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
    Welcoming new members to the TGA family; maximizing your Show experience; possible 2018 regulatory changes from D.C.; community service accomplishments from Cabeau, LifeGear, Olympia USA, que Bottle, Signal Brands and United by Blue; member profiles and other TGA tidbits.

    INDUSTRY BUZZ [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
    People, products, and moving

    CLASSIFIEDS

    AD INDEX

TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

On November 14, TGA joined with more than 100 trade associations in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to maintain NAFTA’s cross-border trucking provisions in any renegotiated agreement. The letter comes in response to reports that the Trump administration was considering new restrictions against Mexican long-haul truckers.

Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Renew GSP As Trump Administration Expresses Support

Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Renew GSP As Trump Administration Expresses Support

On October 30, a bipartisan group of 38 members of Congress urged Congressional leaders to quickly renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program. The letter came shortly after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced new enforcement priorities for the GSP program, launching a review of GSP-eligible country compliance with the investment, labor, intellectual property (IP), and other requirements under the GSP program. The three-year enforcement plan implies the Trump administration’s support for the long-term renewal of the GSP program. Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods from the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and most other developing counties (except China or Vietnam) enter the U.S. duty-free. TGA fought hard to include travel goods in the GSP program and continues to lobby Congress to renew GSP as soon as possible.

Stack the Deck for Sales Success in 2018 – While You Can

Stack the Deck for Sales Success in 2018 – While You Can

Space at The 2018 International Travel Goods Show is filling up fast with new exhibitors and new products! This is the world’s largest gathering of travel goods retailers, and you need to be present to show off in front of the people who will make your sales year. The Show will sell out, and you don’t want to be locked out. Contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707, to guarantee you’ll be front and center, before the world’s biggest audience of travel goods buyers.

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 purses, clear bags, carrying cases, travel jewelry organizers, duffle bags, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and/or di-isononyl 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. 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.

Reach the Biggest Retail Audience While You Can

Reach the Biggest Retail Audience While You Can

The 2018 International Travel Goods Show, space is at a premium. And it’s going fast. The past few years have been sold-out events, and if you don’t want to find yourself locked out of the planet’s biggest travel products showcase, the time to act is now. Meet and connect with the most powerful retail buyers in the world at The Show. Contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707, and book your exhibit space today.

CALIFORNIA PROP 65

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), messenger bags, equipment bags, luggage tags (Notice 1, Notice 2), cosmetic bags, waist packs, clear carry-on travel bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, and Notice 3), reversible bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), protective cases, and ID Holders in California that contained lead, di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and/or di-isononyl 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 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.

TGA Helps You Deliver the Goods. For Less

TGA Helps You Deliver the Goods. For Less

If it feels like you’re spending an arm and a leg on shipping to keep your business going, TGA can help. Save up to 29% on select FedEx small package services, and at least 70% over UPS Freight and other carriers on standard and guaranteed less-than-truckload shipments, with TGA’s Shipping Program through PartnerShip. Get the details here, or contact Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin, cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702, for more info.

Want 34x More Positive Response? Book Some Show Time

Want 34x More Positive Response? Book Some Show Time

Face-to-face interactions are 34 times more likely to result in a positive response than email, according to a study published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. And The International Travel Goods Show provides more in-person interaction – with more retail buyers, social media influencers and journalists in attendance – than any other industry event. Contact Cathy Hays chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707, and book some face time today.

For a Limited Time: More Bang, Less Buck

For a Limited Time: More Bang, Less Buck

This is your chance to advertise in Travel Goods Showcase, the industry’s award-winning trade magazine, and get double your money’s worth. For a very limited time, book a full-page ad placement for the normal half-page ad price. That’s right – half-page pricing nets you a full page in front of the largest audience of travel goods professionals. But you have to act fast: Space must be reserved by August 7, 2017, and materials are due August 14, 2017. Contact Cathy Trecartin, cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.