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Save – On the Smartest Spend in Travel Goods

Save – On the Smartest Spend in Travel Goods

Join TGA today, and save where it counts: Join us, and save 35% on the industry’s most visible product placement – exhibit space at The Travel Goods Show. TGA members enjoy discounted exhibitor rates of $15/square foot – that’s 35% off the standard rate of $23/square foot. Join now, and your 2019 dues grant you member privileges for the remainder of 2018 – that’s nearly two months free. It’s the smartest spend in travel goods, and the sooner you act, the more you get. Discover more about the benefits of membership – contact Cathy Trecartin now: cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702 or at travel-goods.org/become-a-member.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

In the month, new “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2), travel tech sets (Notice 1), travel sets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), fannypacks (Notice 1, Notice 2), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), smartphone pouches (Notice 1), cosmetic bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), handbag organizers (Notice 1), and neck pillows (Notice 1) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. On a related note, on August 30, 2018, California imposed new Proposition 65 warning label requirements. TGA recently published a new member-only tool for TGA members on how to comply with the new California Prop 65 warning label requirements. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, nate@travel-goods.org, 202-853-9351.

Sign Up and Save

Sign Up and Save

Join TGA today, and save where it counts:

  • SAVE on member dues – sign up today and enjoy member privileges now through 2019; that’s almost two months free.
  • SAVE 35% on Travel Goods Show exhibitor fees – Pay $15/square foot, versus the $23/square foot standard rate. And now’s the time to sign up – Show space is going FAST!
  • SAVE the industry – escalating tariffs hurt us all. There’s never been a more important time for TGA to act in Washington, D.C., and we need you to give our lobbying efforts more weight.

TGA membership provides an unmeasurable return – for your business, and the industry. Learn more about the benefits of membership, or sign up now, by contacting Cathy Trecartin, cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702 or at travel-goods.org/become-a-member.

Count on It

Count on It

Given current economic developments and political events, the economic forecast isn’t entirely clear. But while it might be difficult to see what lies ahead, one thing is clear: Change is inevitable. Which is why it’s more important than ever to exhibit at The Travel Goods Show. Times like this are when retailers question existing relationships, and are more open to exploring new ones. A booth at The Show is a stake in the sand, a declaration that you’re here for your customers and will weather this out with them – that you’re a company they can count on. Book your space now – contact Cathy Trecartin at 877-842-1938, x-702; cttga@aol.com.

Consumer Day Postponed

Consumer Day Postponed

TGA’s Board of Directors voted this week to postpone the launch of Consumer Day at The Travel Goods Show.

Most industry members were open to the idea, but a change of this magnitude was a source of uncertainty for some exhibitors and attendees. “The industry climate is in flux for a variety of reasons, including increased China tariffs and the global situation in general,” said TGA President Michele Marini Pittenger. “With these developments, it’s no longer an appropriate time to introduce such a big new variable to The Show.”

Since Consumer Day was decided upon, China tariffs were announced and implemented. The ensuing political brinksmanship ballooned the initial 18 tariffed items to a list of more than 10,000. A further 10% tariff was announced in September, escalating to 25% January 1 – perilously near our March Show date – creating a wait-and-see economic mood in many industries, ours included.

Hosting a Consumer Day aligns The Show with a growing trend of greater transparency and consumer engagement in industries and trade shows of all sorts. “In the face of recent developments in the world economy, the Board elected to postpone Consumer Day. We’ll continue exploring Consumer Day and other Show improvements, but will implement them at the appropriate time,” said Show Committee Chair David Lomas.

Travel Is…Everyday

Travel Is…Everyday

The 2019 Travel Goods Show website is now live and ready for exhibitors and attendees to apply and register online. No matter whether you’re an exhibitor, a buyer, a retailer, a manufacturer, or an industry enthusiast who can’t wait to find out what the future of travel looks like, The Travel Goods Show is an absolute must-attend event! The Show gives you that first-hand, industry insider glimpse into the latest travel gear and accessories. So don’t wait, register today, because Travel Is…Everyday. Contact Cathy Trecartin today to exhibit at the all-new Show: 877-842-1938, x-702.

TGA Continues to Fight Trump’s 10% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods from China, Which Will Rise to 25% on January 1

TGA Continues to Fight Trump’s 10% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods from China, Which Will Rise to 25% on January 1

On September 24, President Trump imposed a 10% punitive tariff on U.S. imports of ALL travel goods from China. Those tariffs will rise to 25% on January 1, 2019. The 10% tariffs are in addition to the tariffs we already pay on U.S. imports of travel goods. On September 26, TGA urged the Trump administration to create an exclusion process for the new tariffs. President Trump’s decision to not allow an exclusion process ignores the hardships these new duties will impose on the U.S. travel goods industry and its 100,000 American workers. Read more here about what TGA is doing to fight the tariffs.

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.