Calling All TGA Members: What’s Your Hot Holiday Gift?
We’re rapidly approaching the holiday season, and TGA is actively working to share our members’ newest products with buyers and media in our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. If you are an active TGA member, send TGA’s Kate Ryan your soon-to-be hot holiday sellers, and we’ll include your product for editorial consideration. If you’d like to learn more about TGA membership or renew past membership, please contact TGA’s Cathy Trecartin.
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TRAVEL GOODS SHOWCASE
Attention industry insiders: Read TGA News Briefs in Travel Goods Showcase for a quick review of what’s new in the travel goods industry. Discover new members and read association and Show updates. Learn who is cleaning streams or donating PPE in Democracy in Action, covering the corporate philanthropy of the travel goods industry. And find links to COVID-19 resources, Prop 65 best-practices, and trade and tariff news from TGA’s own Director of Government Relations, Nate Herman.
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CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
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THE NEW YORK TIMES
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NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
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- Travel Goods Showcase Feature: Future Travel Gear, Today (TGA)
- U.S. Travel Goods Imports Fall in First 8 Months of 2020 with Imports from China Way Down (TGA)
- How the Air Travel Industry is Scrambling to Convince People to Fly (VOX)
- The Future of Hotel Design (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
- Lonely Planet Ranks Ultimate Travel Destinations in New List (CNN)