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January 4, 2021

As a result of the pandemic, we have lost iconic retailers, suffered lay-offs, and endured tragedies. While we mourn our losses, TGA continues to work every day to help our retailers and manufacturers. And we remain hopeful about the future.

Two promising new vaccines are testing at 95% effective, two more are in phase 3 trials, and over 4 million Americans have already received a COVID vaccination. And, President Trump just signed a $900 billion pandemic relief bill which among other provisions provides for direct payments of $600 to individuals, extends unemployment benefits, provides funds for the distribution of vaccines, and provides funds for schools and businesses. Longing for air travel has become nearly universal. One recent survey indicated that 95% of Americans miss traveling, and plan to travel again when COVID-19 travel restrictions are relaxed.

During this past year, TGA has served as a focal point for information about business relief programs, COVID-19 products, and local and national regulations. As the world sheltered in place, TGA took Showcase magazine digital, recognizing that work, shopping and socializing had moved online. We reported on the best new technology to help brick-and-mortar retailers capture internet sales, expanded reach and impact for manufacturers promoting new products, and negotiated deeper FedEx shipping discounts for all members.

TGA joined forces with the American Apparel & Footwear Association and other major business councils and secured business protection in the CARES act, including essential funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and critical temporary deferrals on tariffs and payroll taxes. We will continue to lobby for additional grants and loans in subsequent legislation to keep Americans working.

TGA continued our 6-year campaign to protect imports of travel goods in the Generalized System of Preferences program, allowing duty-free import of travel products. Regrettably, Congress did not extend the program before its scheduled expiration on January 1, but we are working hard to get the new Congress to retroactively renew GSP as soon as possible in early spring. In 2020 we prevented punitive tariffs on travel goods from Europe, Thailand, and Indonesia, and obtained tariff exclusions for certain travel goods from China.

We cheered and publicized the resourcefulness and philanthropy of the travel goods industry, as businesses responded to the crisis with donations and innovation. Our members received product placement in front of millions of readers in major media outlets such as Fox News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, as well as popular blogs and travel and fashion influencers.

TGA hosted one of the very last trade shows in the U.S. before the pandemic shut down convention centers across the country, and while The Travel Goods Show will take a hiatus in Spring of 2021, it will be back in full force in Spring of 2022 when the industry is safely on the other side of this crisis.

In March, TGA will launch the Travel Goods HUB, a new way for retailers to stay informed and suppliers to introduce new products in a dynamic and robust new format with quarterly content updates. All members will receive their own directory page, with cost-effective premium options available. Travel goods retailers will discover photos and videos of new products, search contact information, and scan product categories and trademarks. Think of it as an online marketplace that encourages connection and collaboration between buyers and manufacturers on a year-round basis!

Over the next month, we will introduce Packed in a Minute, a new member benefit intended to enhance the connection between manufacturers and buyers. We invite all manufacturer members to submit 60-second videos highlighting their newest products; these videos will live on the front page of the Travel Goods Showcase website.

We are optimistic about a travel surge in 2021, but we need your help. A stronger Association means greater support for our industry. Please renew your TGA membership today.

Best regards,

Michele Marini Pittenger
Travel Goods Association

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2021 Travel Goods Show Update

Important News from the Travel Goods Association


December 16, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic our industry lost iconic retailers, suffered lay-offs, and endured personal tragedy. Now, in the last days of 2020, we see light at the end of the tunnel with the news of vaccine approvals and distribution. For this, we are grateful – and hopeful that our industry will regain its strength over the year to come.

The 2021 Travel Goods Show

Like all first-quarter shows, over the last few months we have been evaluating the wisdom of having our 2021 Show, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Our primary concern has always been what’s best for the health and safety of our staff, our exhibitors and our attendees.

We have been advised by the Las Vegas Convention Center that all large first-quarter shows in Las Vegas have or will soon be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we briefly considered moving our Show to August 2021, in a survey our industry overwhelmingly responded that they prefer a first-quarter show. With that in mind, please know that while we don’t have dates to share with you at this time, we will come together again in March 2022 when we’re safely on the other side of this crisis.

The Travel Goods HUB

We have eagerly awaited the day that we can share the details of our newest initiative with you, our members. Over the past several months, we have been working hard to develop a lively, engaging online platform which will maintain and enrich industry relationships throughout the calendar year.

In March 2021, TGA will launch the Travel Goods HUB, a new way for retailers to stay informed and manufacturers to introduce new products. All manufacturing members will receive a free HUB marketplace page listing contact and brand info, with content-rich premium options available.

Travel goods retailers, consumers and the media will be able to look up company information, browse 360-degree photos and videos of travel gear, and search keywords, product categories and trademarks, all from the comfort and security of their home or office. And they’ll receive real-time updates whenever travel goods manufacturers introduce new products.

March will not be the same without our in-person gathering of the travel goods industry. But the cancellation of The Show allows us to expand our digital content and continue to develop a robust online presence of travel goods brands 365 days of the year. You can expect to hear much more about the HUB the first week of January.

We know it’s been a challenging year. We wish you a safe and prosperous New Year, filled with benefits of the travel rebound which we all hope lies ahead. We at TGA are grateful for your commitment to our industry. We strive to serve you, strengthen our industry, and unite our member businesses with one another. Please let us know if there are additional ways TGA can help you and your business in 2021.

Best regards,

Michele Marini Pittenger
Travel Goods Association

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.

YaY Novelty

Member Profiles

YaY Novelty

mp_YaY-NoveltyYaY is shorthand for Why and Why. The first why stands for why its items are created; the second why explains why the company came into being.

YaY Novelty’s founding mission is to create high-quality, everyday lifestyle-enhancing products that evoke the expression of each consumer’s personality. Along with its passion for design, the company is committed to functionality and affordability and was established to generate income to support children via the Year Zero Foundation.

“What makes our company unique is doing what my generation does best, reinventing a smarter more streamlined wheel,” states founder Sunchea Phou, who launched YaY in 2014. “YaY Novelty has created a stylistic new approach to the ultra-slim wallet, the ‘everybody’s got one’ luggage ID tag and the trendy reusable bag.”

YaY Novelty products include its YaYwallet, an ultra-slim wallet for men and women, its YaYtag, a funky, fresh stylish approach to keeping ID info private, and the YaYbag, a durable, visually trendy reusable bag that allows you to shop in style. YaYwallet is proudly made in the USA. Custom orders are always welcome.

For more information, visit yaynovelty.com or contact Sunchea Phou at 206-852-8589; info@yaynovelty.com.


TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

On November 14, TGA joined with more than 100 trade associations in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to maintain NAFTA’s cross-border trucking provisions in any renegotiated agreement. The letter comes in response to reports that the Trump administration was considering new restrictions against Mexican long-haul truckers.

Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Renew GSP As Trump Administration Expresses Support

Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Renew GSP As Trump Administration Expresses Support

On October 30, a bipartisan group of 38 members of Congress urged Congressional leaders to quickly renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program. The letter came shortly after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced new enforcement priorities for the GSP program, launching a review of GSP-eligible country compliance with the investment, labor, intellectual property (IP), and other requirements under the GSP program. The three-year enforcement plan implies the Trump administration’s support for the long-term renewal of the GSP program. Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods from the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and most other developing counties (except China or Vietnam) enter the U.S. duty-free. TGA fought hard to include travel goods in the GSP program and continues to lobby Congress to renew GSP as soon as possible.

Stack the Deck for Sales Success in 2018 – While You Can

Stack the Deck for Sales Success in 2018 – While You Can

Space at The 2018 International Travel Goods Show is filling up fast with new exhibitors and new products! This is the world’s largest gathering of travel goods retailers, and you need to be present to show off in front of the people who will make your sales year. The Show will sell out, and you don’t want to be locked out. Contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707, to guarantee you’ll be front and center, before the world’s biggest audience of travel goods buyers.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold purses, clear bags, carrying cases, travel jewelry organizers, duffle bags, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and/or di-isononyl 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. 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.

Reach the Biggest Retail Audience While You Can

Reach the Biggest Retail Audience While You Can

The 2018 International Travel Goods Show, space is at a premium. And it’s going fast. The past few years have been sold-out events, and if you don’t want to find yourself locked out of the planet’s biggest travel products showcase, the time to act is now. Meet and connect with the most powerful retail buyers in the world at The Show. Contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707, and book your exhibit space today.