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Time to Get Real


If you think an online experience can give you the true measure of a new travel product, much less a new travel goods segment, you are ignoring reality. Getting hands-on is a vital part of the product evaluation experience, and the statistics prove it – 30% of items ordered online are returned, compared with less than 9% of items purchased at brick and mortar stores. So don't be a lazy consumer, be a smart retailer – don't order new-for-2019 product until you've experienced it hands-on at The Travel Goods Show. Register today, skip the line and get the early scoop.

TGA Announces 2019 Community Service Award Winner: Randa Luggage


The TGA Awards Committee has selected Randa Luggage as the recipient of the 2019 Community Service Award. Randa will be honored at the upcoming TGA Awards Ceremony for their company-wide support of two organizations – Eva’s Village, a community kitchen which serves lunch to local communities in need, and Operation Backpack® which helps provide homeless children with new backpacks and school supplies at the beginning of the school year. Also celebrated at the TGA Awards Ceremony will be the winners of the five Product Innovation Awards and the Best Booth and Buzz Awards. Join us on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. on the main concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center Central Halls to honor the people, companies and products that are changing travel and making the world a better place.

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Trump Extends China Tariff Deadline, Cites Progress in Talks


President Donald Trump said early this week that he will extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports, citing “substantial progress” in weekend talks between the two countries. Trump tweeted that there had been “productive talks” on some of the difficult issues dividing the U.S. and China, and added that “I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1.” READ MORE


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Venmo is Expanding into Everyday Retail Transactions


Venmo is evolving beyond a tool to pay friends for beer or rent. Retail brands are adding Venmo as a checkout method to attract younger customers. A Venmo payment button on merchants’ online stores is available wherever PayPal is accepted for more than a year, and Venmo debit cards can be accepted at checkout counters of participating retailers. READ MORE

The Best Toiletry Bags, According to Travel Editors


While it may be small in stature, the humble toiletry bag is perhaps one of the most essential pieces of gear a traveler needs. For many, toiletries are arguably some of our most valuable (maybe even most expensive) and oft-used possessions, so it makes perfect sense that they need a safe home – where they won’t explode – while we’re off adventuring around the world. Here T+L rounds up the best Dopp kit picks for every packing style. READ MORE

5 Reasons to Quit Hating Air Travel


As a general rule, people love to gripe, and air travel is perfect for that. But, there’s good news about flying, too. A lot of stuff is getting better. Here are a few examples. READ MORE

Travel Megatrends 2019: Wellness is the New Hook in Travel Marketing


There’s no denying that wellness is having a moment – from the organic and farm-to-table food movements to the rise of clean and natural beauty products to, you guessed it, travel. The Global Wellness Institute estimates that wellness tourism grew into a $639 billion market in 2017, and that number only stands to rise. READ MORE

Here’s the Growing List of Cities That May Ban Cashless Retail Stores


If you’ve tried to spend actual paper money at your local lunch spot or salad shop lately, you may already know there’s a war on cash. Retail establishments – particularly in trendy neighborhoods in rapidly gentrifying cities like New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. – are increasingly telling customers that they only accept credit or debit card payments. Dead presidents need not apply. READ MORE

Americans Spending Billions on Pet Travel and Boarding


A big chunk of travel spending isn’t for people, but for their pets. Some 68% of U.S. households, about 85 million families, own a pet according to a survey by the American Pet Products Association. In 2017, $69.51 billion was spent on pets, including more than $6 billion on services like boarding and grooming. READ MORE

12 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Sharpen Their Leadership Skills


There’s a common misconception that every startup founder is a natural-born leader. While some successful entrepreneurs are, many founders simply take leadership skills for granted or never completely developed them. As a consequence, they’re unable to influence others, which makes it almost impossible to get their business off the ground. While every entrepreneur has his or her own leadership style, these are proven ways that they can enhance their leadership. READ MORE