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CONTENTS SUMMER 2014 | VOL. 39 NO. 2

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New Travel Gear That Gets Us Going

Made with the outdoorsman in mind, Craghoppers' Nosilife Long-Sleeved Shirt has a double sun collar with cooling neck lining and back venting plus roll-tab sleeves in an insect-repellent, UPF 40+ sun-protective and anti-bacterial ripstop fabric; MSRP $80. Fusing ethnology and technology, Ethnotek's roomy Guatamala 1 Raja Pack features a customizable and removable front panel called a THREAD that is created from handmade textiles from the highlands of Guatemala. Inside there's room for laptop, mobile phone, MP3 player, point and shoot camera — even a change of clothes; MSRP $179. Enjoy clean, safe and fresh-tasting water wherever you travel with Made with the outdoorsman in mind, Craghoppers' Nosilife Long-Sleeved Shirt has a double sun collar with cooling neck lining and back venting plus roll-tab sleeves in an insect-repellent, UPF 40+ sun-protective and anti-bacterial ripstop fabric; MSRP $80. Fusing ethnology and technology, Ethnotek's roomy Guatamala 1 Raja Pack features a customizable and removable front panel called a THREAD that is created from handmade textiles from the highlands of Guatemala. Inside there's room for laptop, mobile phone, MP3 player, point and shoot camera — even a change of clothes; MSRP $179. Enjoy clean, safe and fresh-tasting water wherever you travel with GRAYL's Water Filtration Cup. As easy as French pressing your morning coffee, the stainless steel cup design filters 16 oz of water in 15 seconds and removes 99.99% of bacteria and 99.94% of protozoa, letting you control the quality of your drinking water; MSRP $69.95.

Credits
Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
Model: Kyle O'malley, Ford Agency
Location: South Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ


FEATURES


What's Happening? Trends at The 2014 International Travel Goods Show [DOWNLOAD PDF  FILE]
Our annual post-Show analysis, where we put the finger on what's trending, what's hot, and ascendant product categories. This year it means RFID, thin is in, in-flight comfort is still a hot-button and gray might be the new black. And then some. Also, we interview retailers to get their take on what's new and newsworthy. BY GARRETT LAI


Seen at The Show [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Get caught up on the most intriguing new items spotted on the Show floor like a biometrically secured wallet, a water-filtering tumbler, indestructible luggage tags, portable USB chargers, a take-anywhere clothes washer, and, of course, the latest bags, cases, briefs, wallets and other carryalls.
BY KATHY WITT, PHOTOGRAPHS BY KERRY PITTENGER


TGA Industry Awards [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Honoring the very best of the best in product inventiveness and innovation, giving back to the community, and having a lasting impact on TGA and the industry. BY GARRETT LAI


State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market [GO TO STORY]
Our annual statistical analysis of what's happening in the marketplace. Volume is down, pricing is up. And the industry is up 17% over last year, surpassing pre-recession figures. Get the details here. BY NATE HERMAN


COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note "A Win for the Big Team." BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER

Travel Bits The world's tallest Ferris wheel, learning to pack with apps, a museum dedicated to fun, cruise ship bumper cars and other amusing notes on travel. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

News & Notes The 2014 travel forecast, why 54 days is key when it comes to airfares, the changing landscape in carry-on, getting paid for lost luggage(!) and more news from the traveling universe. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

TGA News Briefs A raft of new members, hot ways to save for The 2015 Show, companies who are taking their community action to the streets, and other TGA happenings to inspire and motivate. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

Industry Buzz People and product news and moves. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

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