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TGA is on the Move

TGA is on the Move

The Travel Goods Association has a new mailing address:
     259 Nassau St. #119
  Princeton, NJ 08542

But don’t worry, all the phone numbers and people you’ve come to rely on at the industry’s biggest trade association remain the same, and we’ll continue to serve you as we champion travel goods to the world at large. Please update your contact lists accordingly.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process to Mitigate Tariffs Closes December 10 – TGA Webinar Slide Deck / Recording

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process to Mitigate Tariffs Closes December 10 – TGA Webinar Slide Deck / Recording

Through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process, Congress allows importers to petition for the temporary reduction or elimination of tariffs on U.S. imports of certain products as long as there is no U.S. production of the product. Petitions are due by December 10. The process ends with Congress voting on a final package of MTB provisions in fall 2020, with the temporary tariff reductions going into effect January 1, 2021 for a period of three years. MTBs provide a great opportunity to mitigate tariffs. See slide deck/recording from TGA’s November 13 Webinar for more details on the MTB process and how to complete a petition.

China Tariff Exclusion Process Moves Forward Slowly – Still No Relief for Travel Good

China Tariff Exclusion Process Moves Forward Slowly – Still No Relief for Travel Good

The U.S. government’s review of the 30,322 tariff exclusions requests for the 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. imports from China continues to move forward, albeit very slowly. The U.S. government to date has only reviewed 3,344 petitions – a mere 11.0% of all petitions six weeks after the September 30 deadline. Further, only 198 petitions have been approved to date, none for travel goods. 146 companies filed a combined 863 exclusion petitions on travel goods. To date, 85 of those petitions have been denied, only two of which covered luggage. That means only 9.8% of all travel goods petitions have been reviewed to date. TGA has urged the U.S. government to accelerate its review.

Stay Smart

Stay Smart

There’s plenty of lodging in NOLA, but the smart place to stay for The 2020 Travel Goods Show is at the official host hotels, where TGA has procured special discount rates of $159-$169 for standard rooms that are not available anywhere else. All three are within easy walking distance of the convention center, maximizing working time and sleep time – both vital and in short supply during The Show’s condensed two days. There are a limited number of discounted rooms available so book now, and know you’ll rest easy in the Big Easy.

November 13 TGA Member-Only Webinar: Mitigating Tariffs – The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process

November 13 TGA Member-Only Webinar: Mitigating Tariffs – The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process

Through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process, Congress allows importers to petition for the temporary reduction or elimination of tariffs on U.S. imports of certain products as long as there is no U.S. production of the product. The current process has just started, with petitions due by December 10. The process ends with Congress voting on a final package of MTB provisions in fall 2020, with the temporary tariff reductions going into effect January 1, 2021 for a period of three years. While that might seem a far way off, TGA is working with companies NOW to participate in the MTB process, to get petitions in by the December 10 deadline. RSVP to TGA’s Nate Herman to join TGA’s November 13 member-only webinar on how you can use the MTB process to mitigate tariffs.

Make Yourself Memorable

Make Yourself Memorable

Real life is more engaging than online experience, sparking more lasting, memorable impressions than information passively gleaned through the screen. Give your products the hands-on debut they deserve, not an online rollout that’s forgotten at the close of a browser window. Contact Cathy Trecartin – cat@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-702 – and be part of The Travel Goods Show, the best launch vehicle for new travel gear.

Keep Receiving Travel Goods Showcase for FREE

Keep Receiving Travel Goods Showcase for FREE

Keep receiving Travel Goods Showcase, the industry’s #1 trade title, for free*, by returning the subscription renewal card that came with your copy of the Post-Show issue. Periodic renewal is a U.S. Postal Service requirement for free, controlled-circulation trade magazines like Showcase. Please complete and mail the postcard to maintain your subscription, or better yet, fill out the form at travel-goods.org/subscribe to ensure uninterrupted delivery of the industry’s best news source, direct to your mailbox.

The 2020 Show: More Focus + New Format

The 2020 Show: More Focus + New Format

The 2020 Travel Goods Show is going to a new 2-day format for 2020 with extended hours: Wednesday, March 4 – Thursday, March 5, from 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. This gives the industry’s premier event more focused energy, saves money for attendees and exhibitors alike, and provides more impact and outreach opportunities. Get the details now at travel-goods.org/show-changes.

The TGA Pavilion at The New York Times Travel Show

Dates: January 25, 2019 – Travel professionals only
January 26-27, 2019 – Consumers and travel pros
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
Cost: $3600 for a 10×10 booth

 

The TGA Pavillion will be a product and branding showpiece, a 20-booth island designed like a shopping mall to stand out from the show’s 600+ exhibitors.

The New York Times Travel Show is an incredible exposure opportunity, and you could take part. Last year’s edition drew 33,782 attendees:

  • 10,268 travel trade professionals (travel agents, meeting planners, hotels, airlines, etc.)
  • 22,130 consumer travelers
  • 1,384 accredited media journalists

The Show is in its 16th year, drawing exhibitors from more than 175 countries and 20,000+ travel enthusiasts who are hungry for info. It’s the only travel show in North America where all attendees – media, consumers and trade alike – are badged to facilitate lead generation.

The show’s TGA Pavilion will showcase 20 of our industry’s finest in front of this curated audience of travel pros and consumer enthusiasts. The 3-day event takes place January 25-27, 2019, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The first day will be restricted to travel professionals; the remaining two days will be open to paying consumers.

TGA Pavilion participation is limited to the first 20 exhibitors. This is a very restricted event and space is extremely limited. To participate, contact Cathy Hays as soon as possible: 877-842-1938, x-707; cathy@travel-goods.org.

Don’t delay – once those 20 spots are spoken for, the TGA Pavilion will be sold out. You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so call now.

TGA Press Release

Media Contact: Kate Ryan, kate@kateryanpr.com, 774-929-5223

(Princeton, New Jersey) The International Travel Goods Show is the travel goods industry’s annual snapshot of what’s trending, hip and hot; and the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is the next best thing to being there. The Show is the preeminent showcase for the everyday items and specialty travel products people rely on every time they leave the house – thousands of items, from hundreds of brands, made their debuts on the world stage that is The Show.

Standout stories from the upcoming issue include:

  • The BIG Trends – Next-gen travel organizers streamline packing at home and on the go; wheels get bigger; luggage (and people!) get self-powered and mobile; color and styling trends; the rise of anti-theft; the wearable carry-on category; and more product trends from The Show.
  • Showpiece Products – Trend-setting items, from the latest designer offerings, luggage with charging ports that can drive themselves (and you along with them), to in-flight comfort, on-the-go theft proofing, and the new crop of everyday accessories and streetwise carry-alls.
  • Retailer Impressions – Our boots-on-the-ground reportage of what resonated with retailers: the brands, items and personalities that left the deepest imprint, and will have real impact on the retail landscape this travel season.
  • Award-winning Products, Companies and People – The best in innovative new travel products; saving the Earth’s waterways; a genocide survivor’s efforts to write a brighter history; the most-talked-about new products and the best booths at The Show.
  • State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market – Analyzing the big product shifts, and what they mean. The product categories that are on the move, upward (as much as 50%) and downward: luggage, business/computer bags, sports bags, backpacks, locks and personal leather goods.

Travel goods are today’s everyday essentials, the items you never go anywhere without. They’re the must-have products that enhance comfort and convenience on cross-town errands and far-flung adventures. And the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is your guidebook to this year’s trending items, brands and travel goods personalities.

Look for the new issue of Travel Goods Showcase in your mailbox soon.

Please contact Kate Ryan, kate@kateryanpr.com, for contact info, or to help with questions regarding items and articles from this issue.

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The Travel Goods Association is the world’s largest trade association for travel goods, representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers of luggage and travel products, casual bags, business cases and travel accessories which in 2017 was a $31.3 billion market in the United States alone. TGA sponsors The International Travel Goods Show, the world’s largest trade show devoted to travel products, and publishes Travel Goods Showcase, the voice of the travel goods industry.