China Tariffs – Tranche 3 Exclusion Process Now Open – Closes September 30
On June 30, the U.S. government opened the portal to request exclusions (details, web portal) from Tranche 3 tariffs, including the 25% tariffs on travel goods. As of July 10, 4 companies have filed a combined 28 petitions requesting exclusions for certain types of travel goods (out of a total 367 petitions). Please go to the TGA/AAFA July 2 webinar on the exclusion process for more details (letter to USTR, webinar recording). There will be a 14-day period, once a petition is live on the portal, during which the public can file a response (in opposition or in support). That means your company can file responses in support (or in opposition). For example, most of the travel goods petitions were filed on July 1, which means the 14-day response period for those petitions closes July 15. The deadline for petitions is September 30. You will hear more from TGA in the next few weeks on the exclusion process.
Your Social Media Marketing Isn’t Enough
Social media advertising is almost exclusively business-to-consumer messaging, which means a strong social media campaign only addresses the demand side of supply and demand. Complete the picture on the supply side – get retailers’ attention by advertising in Travel Goods Showcase and a presence at The Travel Goods Show. Take advantage of some special, limited-time promotions and contact Cathy Trecartin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702. Discover how Travel Goods Showcase and The Travel Goods Show can help complete your marketing picture and put you on the retail landscape.
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TGA Opposes Tariffs at U.S. Government China Hearing
In planned testimony before the U.S. government at the June 17-25 China tariff hearings, TGA will explain the significant impact the now 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China has had on our industry, our 100,000 American workers, and our consumers – hardworking American families. TGA will testify on June 25, culminating testimony from over 320 witnesses overwhelmingly opposed to the tariffs. That testimony, combined with thousands of written comments, condemns the current and proposed punitive tariffs on all U.S. imports from China. We need you to provide anecdotes on how the tariffs have impacted your company, your workers, and your consumers – lower sales, higher prices, layoffs, etc. – for use in TGA’s testimony when they testify on June 25. The anecdotes can be anonymous. Please provide to TGA’s Nate Herman by June 23.
President Trump Pulls India’s GSP Benefits Effective June 5
Last week, President Trump issued a proclamation withdrawing Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits for India effective June 5. That means that as of yesterday, U.S. imports of travel goods and accessories from India are no longer duty-free. Instead, they now face normal tariffs on travel goods, which range from 8% on leather goods to 17.6-20% on textile and hardsided goods. President Trump continues to review GSP benefits for two other major travel goods suppliers – Indonesia and Thailand. TGA will continue to fight against removal of benefits for those countries.
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.
||January 25, 2019 – Travel professionals only
January 26-27, 2019 – Consumers and travel pros
||Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
||$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; email@example.com.
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.
Media Contact: Kate Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.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.