Live Large in the Big Easy
Attending The Travel Goods Show could be the smartest business decision you make all year, getting a jump on the decade’s new travel gear. And that goes double if you’re staying at one of the official host hotels, with specially discounted rates saving up to $100/night. The time and money saved by being able to walk to The Show will let you have a better, easier time of things during your stay in the Big Easy. And that’s livin’ large.
See the Sights…on TGA
Congrats to Chris Luce of The Container Store, who won a $100 dinner for two at Nolé. And to Erin White from Paradies Lagardere, who’s being treated to a $50 gift card for Cafe du Monde, courtesy of TGA. All they had to do was register to attend The Travel Goods Show, and you could win too. Register for The Show now and you could win 2 tickets for a Live Jazz Cruise aboard the Steamboat Nanchez, a Craft Cocktail Tour for 2 in the French Quarter, or a $50 gift card for the finest beignets and dark coffee with chicory at Cafe du Monde.
China “Phase One” Deal Signed – Provides No Relief for Travel Goods
Yesterday – January 15 – President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Hi signed the U.S./China “Phase One” Deal (agreement, fact sheets). The deal provides no relief for travel goods, as the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China remain at 25%.
Maximize Your Ad Impact
The Show Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is being assembled right now, and there’s still time to get on board. The industry’s biggest trade magazine hits mailboxes two weeks before The Travel Goods Show, with bonus distribution at The Show itself, making it one of the best ad buys in travel gear. Good placements are still available, but going fast. Reserve space now – contact Cathy Trecartin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702 – and show off your latest items before The Show and drive traffic to your booth.
China “Phase One” Deal Leaves Travel Goods Out in the Cold
The U.S./China “Phase One” Deal President Trump will sign next week (press release, fact sheet, Federal Register Notice) provides no relief for travel goods, as the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China remain at 25%.
Tariff Exclusion Process Offers First Signs of Relief
The U.S. government’s review of the 30,322 tariff exclusion requests to remove the 25% punitive tariffs on certain U.S. imports from China finally provides a small amount of relief for the industry, with the U.S. government granting the exclusion request for certain leather brief bags (under HTS 4202110030). That means anyone (not just the petitioner) importing the subject bags from China that meet the description in the Federal Register notice (See page 6, #5) will no longer have to pay the punitive 25% tariff on those imports (until August 7, 2020). Further, they are eligible for refunds of the punitive tariffs paid to date, retroactive to September 24, 2018. Of the 863 exclusion petitions filed on travel goods, only 389 of those petitions (45.1%) have been reviewed to date, with all but one petition reviewed to date being denied (see above).
Public Comment Period on Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTB) Opens January 10
The public comment period on Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTB) opens January 10. Forty MTB petitions have been filed. Through the MTB process, importers petition for the temporary reduction of tariffs on U.S. imports of certain products as long as there is no U.S. production of the product. 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. The tariff reductions benefit anyone importing the same product. TGA urges companies to file comments on the petitions relevant to their products.
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.