SUMMER 2019 | VOL. 44 NO. 2
THE 2019 TRAVEL GOODS SHOW WRAP-UP AND REVIEW
It’s Clear to See
What’s New and Novel from The Show
Featured on our cover: Sienna Dual Side Clear Beauty Case by Triforce Luggage is made of lightweight impact-resistant polycarbonate with gold hardware and signature logo, MSRP: $120. Millennial by Traveler’s Choice, a transparent 22” hardshell in 100% polycarbonate. Featuring a removable power bank to keep devices fully charged on the go, MSRP: $400. Artphere’s Dulles Touch Legionnaire’s beautifully designed streamlined structure masterfully creates a surprisingly large container. Shoulder straps provide convenient flexibility that allow the vertical design to convert to a backpack, MSRP: $380.
Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
Looking Forward: Product Trends from The 2019 Travel Goods Show [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Trends spied on the exhibit floor including: The year for clear; rose gold’s rosy outlook; gray and red on the rise; glitter, sparkle, and beauty cases are back; technology is now spelled RFID and USB; in-flight
comfort, wheel-less carry-on and more. BY GARRETT LAI
Tops with the Shops [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Retailer impressions from The 2019 Travel Goods Show – what’s hot, what’s eye-catching, the brands, products and companies that caught the attention of retail professionals at The Show. BY SARA ECCLESINE
Best of Show [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Top products, the most innovative new travel items and civic-minded leaders, drawn from the best gathering of travel goods brands, companies and products on the planet. A veritable list of the industry’s best of the best. BY GARRETT LAI
Seen at The Show [PRODUCTS] [EVENTS]
Hot items that let you carry it, roll it, translate it, secure it; and items that add versatility, organization, safety and convenience to any trip: Noteworthy new products from the exhibit floor, and the networking and social interactions that make The Show the most powerful business happening on the industry calendar.
PRODUCTS: BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHS BY KERRY PITTENGER
EVENTS: BY SARA ECCLESINE | PHOTOGRAPHS BY EDYTA SOKOLOWSKA
State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market 2004-2018 [GO TO STORY]
In spite of China tariffs, travel goods units and dollars were both up in 2018, powered by a strong U.S. economy and a healthy uptick in luggage sales and backpacks especially. BY NATE HERMAN
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
“Cut Through the Noise” BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER
TRAVEL BITS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Pilates with pigs; the best brewery tour in the U.S.; top cities for dog travel; airfare on the installment plan; the world’s biggest food festival; the world’s largest bounce house and more fun travel news.
TGA NEWS BRIEFS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
TGA’s new Board of Directors gets set to lead; The 2020 Travel Goods Show is headed to NOLA; social networking and media placement success stories; the tariff situation with China – and Europe; and TGA member participation in mentoring and scholarship.
INDUSTRY BUZZ [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
People, product, and company news, milestones, and a letter to the editor.