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CONTENTS MAY 2009 | VOL. 34 NO. 2

Shannan is wearing ExOfficio's #2023-5003 Women's Nio Amphi Capri in bone Nio Nycott fabric, $60; #2001-0807 Women's Traveler 3/4 Sleeve Shirt in light blossom Dryflylite fabric, $62; #2013-0793 Women's ExO Dri™ Pointelle Top in white DriRelease Pointelle fabric, $34; and #HL1002 Women's “Traveler” Shoe in black, $100. Complementing her wardrobe is Pacsafe®'s #PB081TB Toursafe™ Petite Handbag with exomesh®, $69.99. Sunglasses by Steve Madden.

Doug is wearing ExOfficio's #1002-5002 Men's Amphi Convertible Pant in light khaki Nycott fabric, $70; #1002-0928 Men's Hid'n Away Palm Short Sleeve Shirt in jade, lightweight, quick drying fabric with ventilation, $66; #1016-0795 Men's ExO Dri™ Tee in white DriRelease heather jersey, $38; #3255-0829 Men's Insect Shield Vented Hiker Socks in khaki with insect shield repellent, $22; and #HM1001 Men's “Caravan” Shoe in brown, $125. Complementing his wardrobe is Dakota Watch Company's #3841-7 Men's Carabiner with 19 time zones including sharpener, nippers, compass, thermometer and alarm, MSRP $100; Malcolm Fontier's The Entertainer Bag in brown PU coated canvas with PU accents, $185; and Lonely Planet's 1st Edition Guide to New York, Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic, with 50 themed itineraries and 1131 local places to see, $19.99.

Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
Models: Shannan Wilson and Doug Barnes, The Reinhard Agency, Philadelphia, PA
Photographed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA


Trends from The 2009 Travel Goods Show [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
What hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of products have to say about the present — and future — of travel goods. BY GARRETT LAI

Seen at The Show [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
The hottest new products, most eye-catching items, and the accessories and bags that will carry your sales upward this season. Plus, a look at some of the people who make the travel goods industry so vibrant and dynamic. BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHS BY KERRY PITTENGER

The Awards Ceremony [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
The literal best of The Travel Goods Show — who set the new standards for product innovation, community service, and service to the industry.

TGA Award Winner Peter Cobb [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
How the Internet saved his life, launched a business, and how this industry veteran's experience can inspire and teach us all.

This year's Show featured Ask the Experts — a menu of business-enhancing seminars — and retailers lined up, hungry to learn about the right way to get into apparel, smart retail space and signage, and how to drive business with packing seminars. See what all the excitement was about.

What happened in Vegas…
…isn't staying in Vegas!

The Show is the biggest travel goods show in the world — and here is a look at the media who came to help spread the word to the world at large.

A Stronger, Smarter Show
One of the best ways to improve your own operation is to discover what is working for others. We spoke to a savvy group of retailers who shared their thoughts with us on the goods and the trends they saw and the current state of the industry. BY GARRETT LAI


Editor's Note "Full Service" BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER

Travel Bits Adopt-a-Farmer, car rentals by the hour, hotels resurrecting 100-year-old digs, renting two-wheelers, offering cash, five miles of flea market and other travel tidbits. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

News & Notes Science proves it — travelers lead healthier, longer, better lives, more Americans want to travel, James Bond's attaché, a glowing chain of carabiners, what's up with ALDA and NLDA…and then some. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

TGA News Briefs TGA's Legislative Alert Initiative, an Opening Night thank-you, why NRF University helps you sell, flying poker, flying bottles, and plenty more.

Capital Beat The government's plan to help unionize your operation — and how you can put a stop to it. BY NATE HERMAN

Industry Events


Industry Buzz People, product, and milestones.

Ad Index

The End User What two consumers use and love in the world of travel goods.

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